AUGUSTA -- Maine's anti-tobacco report card is slipping.
In 2005 Maine was tops in the nation with straight As, but the report card for 2009 says Maine gets an A only in one category, protection from secondhand smoke. Maine gets Cs in the three other categories.
The American Lung Association of Maine today presented the 2009 report card, which grades states for tobacco prevention, protection from secondhand smoke, helping people quit smoking and cigarette taxes.
The Lung Association's Ed Miller says the falling grades translate into premature deaths and preventable illnesses. Miller says the Legislature should increase the cigarette tax to further discourage smoking