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Davis Earns a ‘B’ for Its Tobacco Policies; Rest of County Gets Ds & Fs

The state of California received failing grades from the American Lung Association.

The American Lung Association in California gave the city of Davis a B rating for its tobacco policies. Other cities in the Yolo County didn't score so well:

  • West Sacramento: D
  • Woodland: D
  • Winters: F

The annual report, which was released Wednesday, issues grades for all cities and counties in California on local tobacco control policies including those for smokefree outdoor environments, smokefree housing, and reducing sales of tobacco products.

Overall, the association said the state of California "falls short in adequately funding tobacco prevention programs to protect children and curb tobacco-caused disease." California earned an A grade for its smokefree air policies but received a D for its low cigarette tax, an F for failing to adequately fund tobacco prevention and control programs, and another F for poor coverage of smoking cessation and treatment services.

“Safeguarding our communities from the negative consequences of tobacco is critical,” said American Lung Association in California—San Diego Chairman Paul Manasjan. “These grades represent real health consequences. We know how to win the fight against tobacco, but it requires strong leadership and action by elected officials at all levels.”

The association also criticized the state for not increasing its cigarette tax since 1999 and spending only 15 percent of what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends to adequately fund tobacco prevention programs and services to help people quit smoking.

There are about 3 million new youth smokers in the U.S. and 34,400 in California every year. About 37,000 deaths are caused by tobacco use, according to the U.S. Surgeon General.

“We need to do more to fight the influence of tobacco interests in California politics,” said American Lung Association in California Chairwoman Marsha Ramos. “Our state elected officials have an opportunity to change course in 2013 and make big strides in the fight to end tobacco-caused death and disease. It’s going to take a great deal of political will, but we are confident our elected officials are up to the challenge. Our children’s health is depending on them.”

To view the complete California report, including grades for cities in Yolo county, visit www.lung.org/california or click on the PDF attached to this article.

Lawson January 17, 2013 at 11:32 PM
duh. the more dope, the more cigarettes.
Lawson January 17, 2013 at 11:33 PM
couese, if law enforcement had a brain, in terms of budgeted policies and containment strategies and protocvols, you take this the other way around: the nmore ciggarrettes, the more single beers and dope...*sharp elbow in the ribs here*
Justin Cox January 18, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Lawson, I just deleted your last comment. We absolutely invite opinions, but you need to stop short of saying offensive things or crossing the line. Please keep that in mind.
Roberto January 19, 2013 at 04:24 AM
Question - Does doing the occasional doobie count as smoking? If so, I do believe Davis should get the same score as with Winters, Woodland and West Sac. Davis no doubt has better quality, but the quantity within the four cities is probably about equal.

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