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Report Says San Marino is Failing When it Comes to Tobacco Policies

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

The American Lung Association in California gave the city of San Marino an F rating for its tobacco policies.

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 Los Angeles County, visit www.lung.org/california.

Donald W January 17, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Putting aside the conflict of interest of these groups who grade the state and city poorly for not spending more money on activities they will benefit financially from, how can they possibly say with any credibility that cigarette taxes have not increased. The price of cigarettes in California has doubled or tripled since the 1990's. The Lung Association of California has gotten more and more involved in politics over the last decade and is constantly promoting a leftist political agenda, increasingly only tenously connected to fighting cancer, to the point where I will no longer contribute money to their activities. They are nothing more than a political action committee now. And I am a non-smoker and don't like the smell of tobacco smoke. Their "grade" is nothing but a political "smoke" screen and has no credibility whatsoever. They are as biased and dishonest as the tobacco companies they oppose, but at least the tobacco companies admit they have a bias.
Narwhal of Reason January 17, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Haven't noticed many people smoking around here, ever.
Joanne McCloskey January 17, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Just more bureaucratic nonsense. Nobody smokes anymore. They just want more money out of us. It's another way for them to get us to ignore what's really wrong with our state. Will it ever end????
David V. January 18, 2013 at 04:44 AM
Raising cigarette taxes is win-win: more revenue, and lower smoking rates.

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