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Elk Grove Earns a ‘C’ for 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 Elk Grove a C 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 elsewhere in Sacramento County, visit www.lung.org/california or click on the PDF attached to this article.

Anon January 18, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Maybe the city can post a "please don't smoke" on Gil Moore's new sign?
Holger sparrevohn January 18, 2013 at 10:02 AM
Hi I quit using the PhaseOut system back in 1995. You can find it on Ebay now, but it use to be in all the drug stores. It really worked great for me because it takes out 90% of all the tar and nicotine while letting me smoke my own cigarettes. You could say it's smoker friendly. I quit when I was tired of the dirty habit and was no longer addicted.
Greg January 18, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Translation: Even though California has the lowest smoking rate in the nation, not enough $$ is going to the California Lung Association (according to them). And Elk Grove "only" gets a C. In my day "C" meant average. I'd call that a so-what complaint.
M.Legison January 18, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Is smoking illegal? It's not the city's job to reduce smoking or tobacco sales. They have every right to prohibit it in or around government buildings, however, and maybe X feet from public places. Agree with Greg above.
Think Free January 18, 2013 at 09:53 PM
I do know in other states, you cannot smoke within 20 feet from a building. I am glad I quit all those years ago was a terrible habit. But if you breath crappy air "Duh"? If you eat crappy food "Duh"! Humans are just so self aware they are idiots!
John January 19, 2013 at 03:10 AM
I was watching the show "What would you do" and two people were smoking outside holding a fake baby to see if people would say anything? Another scene they had "actors" sit at a restaurant table with a pregnant girl explaining how her baby wasn't her boyfriends even though he's gonna marry her thinking it's his?. They waited for people at other tables to say something? Am I missing something here? Is this still the United States of America? Does anyone remember "Life Liberty and the persuit of happiness"? What are they wanting people to do? Infringe on others rights to privacy? These same people fight for privacy for gau marriage etc. You can't CHOOSE when to beleive in these rights. Same with this smoking thing! I'm glad we only got a "C"! If this was 30 years ago we would have gotten an "F" in this town. Better watch it or in ten years we'll get an "A"!
Think Free January 19, 2013 at 07:32 AM
We gave up the right to privacy Its is called the "Homeland Security Act" And the people infringing have a right just as much as the people doing the nasty business they are infringing about. This right goes BOTH ways. There have always been busy bodies that cannot mind their own business. Sounds like you are one also because you also talked crap about other people whom you dont agree with Even though I would never infringe unless I saw someone putting a child in danger
John January 20, 2013 at 04:42 AM
The only difference is that the "Homeland Security Act" won't hurt anyone unless they are up to no good. I would invite them into my home freely but when "people" not "agencies" infringe on our daily rights then it gets ugly. I have not heard of one story where an innocent person was jailed by "Homeland Security"? As for minding ones business, there will never be enough of that! What you or anyone does short of harming a child (as you said) that is inside the law is none of my business and the fact that they make a TV show of actors trying to get people to do that, then are appalled when they don't really say's something about today's televison people or maybe the viewers?
John January 20, 2013 at 04:44 AM
by the way, I could care less if gays marry? I think they have the right to be just as miserable as anyone. But I would never walk up to a stranger and judge them.

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