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Imperial Beach Gets 'F' Grade for Tobacco Control

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 Most cities in San Diego County received poor grades today in the American Lung Association's 2014 report on tobacco control policies.

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

The highest marks for overall tobacco control were given to El Cajon and Solana Beach, each of which received a B grade. They were rewarded for licensing tobacco retailers. Additionally, El Cajon was lauded for banning smoking in common areas of multi-family housing units. The City Council is also considering a ban the sale of electronic cigarettes.

The city of San Diego received a D.

Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Oceanside, Poway, San Marcos and Santee were each given F grades, as was the unincorporated county.

"We are proud of the work being done in San Diego and Imperial (counties) to protect residents from the harmful effects of tobacco," said Joe Kellejian, the former mayor of Solana Beach and a member of the Lung Association's San Diego Leadership Board.

"However, tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and illness in the U.S.," Kellejian said. "We must renew our commitment to stopping tobacco from robbing another generation of their health."

Cities were assigned points 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 association gave out A grades to 18 cities and counties in the state.

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."


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Jon Hall January 22, 2014 at 07:54 PM
I commend Imperial Beach for earning an F in *Smoking Nannyism* --- taught by the fine folks at the American Lung Association getting millions of dollars yearly in tax dollars to save us from ourselves ------ as they are finding out folks from IB don't like school ...
Pop Quiz January 22, 2014 at 10:36 PM
I agree %100 Jon, The Nanny state. Freedom is only freedom when your allowed to make bad choices too. As long as the responsibility goes with the choice and my tax dollars don't go to bail out stupid choices. The steps toward Socialism mean more government and more government control over your life. I don't smoke, but i like bacon. both can kill you. Both are legal.
Bosn January 24, 2014 at 10:33 AM
Govern our city, not us. Stay out of our personal lives and don't tell us what we can and can't do unless it directly harms another. Who are you to tell us we can't stand on the beach and smoke a cigarette or drink a can of beer if we're not directly hurting anyone? I can see the reasoning behind banning smoking in a crowded restaurant, but at the beach in an open space? Does second hand smoke at the beach directly harm anyone? What about smoke from fires? Or from barbecue grills? Or fireplaces? Are those next to be banned? Don't laugh. The mind police are coming. Next, they'll be telling you what you can and cannot dream about.
Libi Uremovic January 24, 2014 at 11:34 AM
smoking was banned on the beaches because the sand was infested with cigarette butts, not because of the smoke....and yea, cigarette smokers flick the butts into the air with the mentality that they disintegrate before impact, but they do not...
Pop Quiz January 25, 2014 at 02:22 PM
True Libi, But isn't that the user and not the product? There are many things that can be misused by stupid and inconsiderate users. (short list;cars;plastic trash bags,gasoline,guns, fire,TV,internet)
Pop Quiz January 25, 2014 at 02:24 PM
Death penalty for littering. The ultimate / freedom responsibility correlation ;-)

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