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San Marino Receives 'F' Report Card in Tobacco Control

More than 60 percent of cities in the state receive an overall F grade.

By City News Service

Despite improved efforts by a smattering of cities, efforts to reduce tobacco use have essentially ground to a halt in most cities in Los Angeles County, according to a report released today by the American Lung Association.

The "State of Tobacco Control 2014" report called on cities across the state to renew their commitment to reducing tobacco use through policies restricting sales, providing smoke-free housing and limiting exposure to second- hand smoke.

The report assigned letter grades to cities across the state. In Los Angeles County, eight cities received an overall A grade -- Baldwin Park, Calabasas, Compton, Glendale, Huntington Park, Pasadena, Santa Monica and South Pasadena. San Marino received a F. 

Los Angeles received an overall C grade, earning five out of a possible 12 points.

Nearly four dozen cities in the county earned F grades, with many of them earning zero points out of a possible 12. The points are assigned by a review of various tobacco-control policies, ranging from smoking restrictions at restaurants and public areas to smoke-free housing and restrictions on tobacco sales near schools and parks.

The report credited some cities for making improvements in tobacco- control policies. It noted that Duarte jumped from a D to an A in terms of restrictions imposed on on tobacco sales, although the city received an overall C grade. Whittier made a minimal gain, improving from an F to a D for its efforts reducing second-hand smoke in public areas, but still received an overall F grade.

"We are proud of the work being done in Los Angeles County to protect residents from the harmful effects of tobacco," according to Daniel Oh, chairman of the Lung Association's Los Angeles Leadership Board. "However, tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and illness in the U.S. We must renew our commitment to stopping tobacco from robbing another generation of their health."

Statewide, the report gave California an A grade for its smoke-free air policies, but a D for having a low cigarette tax, an F for insufficient funding of tobacco-prevention and control programs and an F for poor coverage of smoking treatment services.

More than 60 percent of cities in the state received an overall F grade.

"The policies reflected in this report demonstrate the leadership at the local level to ensure that all Californians breathe clean and healthy air," according to Marsha Ramos, chair of the Lung Association's California Governing Board. "No matter how big or small the city or county, local tobacco- control policies save lives. Tobacco use continues to take a tool on the lives of both adults and kids, so these grades represent real health consequences."

Jay January 25, 2014 at 01:18 AM
Why does the patch even write about this? It is so stupid!!! You can't believe anything a bureaucratic agency says. And nobody ever questions them. Nobody in San Marino smokes anywhere. Is there anything important out there that these idiots care about. Just distractions from the real problems
David January 29, 2014 at 11:16 PM
Yes, I had the exact same thought Jay. I never see anyone smoking in San Marino, but because the Lung Association which supports every tax raising big government program they can find regardless of whether it accomplishes anything or not assigns a bogus letter grade to San Marino because they arent making symbolic gestures against a problem that barely exists here, and gives Los Angeles (a city where I always see people on the streets smoking) who doesnt miss a chance to make a stupid symbolic gesture accomplishing nothing, they get a C. lol. This level of analysis probably explains why most of the patch editors got laid off today. The people here obviously know nothing about San Marino or they would have been in a position to call bull on this study as both of us did. (This is also why I refuse to give money to the Lung Association anymore)

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