Tobacco Study

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A group studying Nebraska's anti-tobacco efforts says the state is short of its goal in reaching tobacco use.

The Tobacco Free Nebraska program has released a report indicating the state is slacking in many of its health objectives to improve smoking standards by 2010.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln assesses progress of the program yearly in a report prepared for the state Health and Human Services System.

HHS Chief Medical Officer Richard Raymond says while there has been some progress toward reducing tobacco, the report suggests the state is still behind.

Some of the state's findings include the adult smoking rate in Nebraska in the past ten years has stayed at 22-percent. More than $1 million in damages were reportedly caused by smoking-related fires in 2002.