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In the report released today, Tennessee received the following grades for 2012: Tobacco Prevention and Control Program Funding: F, Cigarette Tax: F, Smokefree Air: C and Cessation Coverage: D.
The American Lung Association's "State of Tobacco Control" report tracks progress on key tobacco control policies at the federal and state level, assigning grades based on whether laws are adequately protecting citizens from the enormous toll tobacco use takes on lives and the economy. The 11th annual report shows how money is often at the root of the leading cause of preventable death, as state and federal policymakers are failing to battle a deep-pocketed, ever-evolving tobacco industry.
"Tennessee has the unfortunate distinction of failing to make progress in the fight against tobacco use in 2012, meanwhile big tobacco was busy honing clever new tactics to lure new youth smokers," said Ellen Kershaw, Advocacy Director, American Lung Association in Tennessee. Tobacco causes an estimated 9,709 deaths in Tennessee annually, and costs the state's economy $5,135,105,000 in healthcare costs and lost productivity.
Although Tennessee receives $581 million in tobacco-related revenue annually, it only invests 3 percent of what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends should be spent on tobacco prevention and cessation programs.
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Wednesday, January 16 2013, 09:10 AM CST
Tenn. Powerball ticket worth $1 million
May 19, 2013 18:44 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Powerball ticket sold in Tennessee barely missed winning a share of an estimated $590.5 million prize. But the ticket has a nice consolation prize worth $1 million.
Officials say the Powerball ticket worth $1 million was sold in Chattanooga.
There's no word yet on who won.
A Powerball ticket sold at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., matched all six numbers selected Saturday night for the estimated $590.5 million prize. It's the highest Powerball jackpot in history.
The winning numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball of 11.
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