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Advocates: Massachusetts Must Spend More To Curb Smoking

In this April 11, 2018 file photo, a high school student uses a vaping device near a school campus in Cambridge, Mass. Twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes in 2018 compared with the previous year. (Steven Senne/AP)
In this April 11, 2018 file photo, a high school student uses a vaping device near a school campus in Cambridge, Mass. Twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes in 2018 compared with the previous year. (Steven Senne/AP)

Anti-smoking advocates are faulting political leaders in Massachusetts for not spending enough money to help curb smoking in the Commonwealth.

A recent report from the American Lung Association finds Massachusetts had mixed progress on its efforts to reduce and prevent tobacco use.

The group praised Massachusetts for becoming the sixth state to bar the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21, but called on Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to increase funding for tobacco prevention and control.

The group said the state's high school tobacco use rate remains at more than 24 percent.

They said the state needs to take additional steps, including programs to educate youth on why tobacco use is dangerous and increased taxes on tobacco products.

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