Hot days last summer triggered high levels of smog pollution across the state, especially in Providence.
The city earned an F in this year’s State of the Air report, issued by the American Lung Association. Karina Holyoak Wood is the organization’s public policy director in Rhode Island. She said tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders have chronic lung problems, including asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.
The American Lung Association has given Rhode Island a mixed report card on tobacco control. While the state has the third highest cigarette tax, it lags behind in funding prevention.
The state got a “B” for its cigarette tax; the third highest in the nation. The $3.46 in taxes slapped onto a pack of cigarettes has lowered smoking rates. However it got an “F” for spending on prevention campaigns.