State health commissioner Dr. Terry Cline says more than 88,000 Oklahomans will die prematurely from smoking.
Health agency says Oklahoma smoking rate at all-time low →
"When the medical examiner's office lost their accreditation (in 2009), they're able to continue to perform the functions of the medical examiner's office," Cline said. "If we lose accreditation of this lab, it shuts down immediately."
Oklahoma's public health lab needs more funding to continue →