The organization is also recommending palliative care training for health care providers and continued access to pain therapies, including prescription opioids that are at the center of a statewide and national addiction epidemic.
“So we went from being one of the top cigarette tax states in the country to now 26 or 27″.
“Most states are failing to implement laws and policies that not only prevent cancer and save lives, but lower health care costs and generate revenue at the same time”, said Chris Hansen, president of ACS CAN. However, Cussimanio said making progress on policies to reduce the use of tobacco in Kansas would help to demonstrate that the state is serious about attacking cancer.
The report rates states using a color coded system on various issues regarding tobacco control, cancer prevention and access to care.
Nationally, the report finds that only three states meet six out of the nine benchmarks measured.
Out of the nine benchmarks, Iowa only had three green ratings for areas where the state is doing well. Also, ACS reports Medicaid coverage of tobacco cessation programs isn’t what it could be.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has previously pointed to the state’s smoking rate as evidence that the state’s cessation programs are working. The high-school smoking rate, meanwhile, dropped to 7.4 percent, according to Cuomo’s office. “ACS CAN once again is looking to the New York State Legislature and Governor Cuomo to pass and enact legislation that will regulate the use of e-cigarettes in workplaces, business and other venues where the use of combustible cigarettes is prohibited”.
This is the 13th year for the report, called: “How Do You Measure Up?” The popularity of e-cigarettes has skyrocketed in recent years.
It might be argued that funding is sufficient, as smoking rates are the lowest ever among New Yorkers, according to state data released in June. The Senate failed to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. The federal government is soon expected to put out framework regulations on e-cigarettes, with a round of federally funded research to follow. An earlier bill, SB 140, died in an Assembly committee on July 8, after e-cigarette proponents and owners of vaping shops said their product was not nicotine-based and the proposed legislation would kill jobs. “Let them do their work”.
Kansas is in the bottom half of the class in a new report from the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network. How Do You Measure Up? also focuses on e-cigarettes and recommends that their use be restricted in places that smoking combustible cigarettes is prohibited.
Kansas got a red rating for six other policy areas in the report: Medicaid coverage of tobacco cessation services; funding fortobacco control programs; indoor tanning restrictions; increased access to Medicaid (the state is one of 20 that have not expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act); state funding for breast and cervical cancer screening; and access to palliative care.