Smokefree Mississippi, other groups, react to report critical of state anti-smoking efforts
By Charles Herrington| January 19, 2012 at 6:15 PM CST - Updated June 26 at 8:14 AM
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Representatives of Smokefree Mississippi and Smokefree Air Mississippi gathered with folks from Southern Miss, the American Cancer Society and the Mississippi Rural Health Health Association to discuss a new report critical of the state's anti-smoking efforts.
That annual report, released by the American Lung Association, gives Mississippi failing grades in four areas regarding the prevention of tobacco use and helping smokers quit.
The report, called the State of Tobacco Control, issues grades for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
"It definitely is something we need to look at and with this upcoming legislative session, we have a lot of opportunities to make advancements in smoke free legislation," said Kelley Rooney, field coordinator for Smokefree Mississippi.
"It's not something that's going to happen overnight, but we are working and as long as we continue to educate, I think that people will actually change their behavior," said Cheree' Albritton, regional coordinator for Smokefree Air Mississippi.
Alabama, Missouri, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia also received failing grades in all areas.