Maine Tobacco Grade Slips 

Maine’s anti-tobacco report card has taken a hit.Four years ago, our state was tops in the nation: scoring straight A’s on the American Lung Association’s report card.But last year, Maine scored just one “A.” It was in the category, “protection from second hand smoke.”Maine got C’s in the other three categories: tobacco prevention, helping smokers quit, and cigarette taxes.The lung association’s Ed Miller says the falling grades translate into premature deaths and preventable illnesses.He believes lawmakers should hike the cigarette tax to further discourage smoking.