ACHI President Discusses Arkansas’s Failing Grades in Tobacco Report

February 6, 2020


John Lyon
Strategic Communications Manager

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ACHI President and CEO Dr. Joe Thompson talks to KATV about the American Lung Association’s State of Tobacco Control 2020 report, which gives Arkansas an “F” in three out of five categories.

The report gives Arkansas the lowest possible grade in tobacco prevention and cessation funding, tobacco taxes, and cessation services. It gives the state “C” grades in smoke-free air and minimum tobacco purchasing age. Dr. Thompson tells KATV’s Shelby Rose how state lawmakers could do more to reduce tobacco use and fight the teen vaping epidemic.

See more stories on the American Lung Association’s report, also featuring interviews with Dr. Thompson, on and

Read Dr. Thompson’s recent op-ed on policy options for reducing teen vaping on

See more about e-cigarettes on our website’s Vaping Updates & Insights page.

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