Local cities get high marks for tobacco control

(January 19, 2012)

Glendale, Pasadena and South Pasadena earned an overall A grade from the American Lung Assn. for their efforts to control distribution and use of tobacco, according to a report released Thursday. Burbank earned a B. San Marino was not graded.

The region’s two largest cities, Los Angeles and Long Beach, each earned a C, as did Los Angeles County. Overall, California received an F for cutting tobacco control funding and a D for its relatively low cigarette tax. The state tax is 87 cents per pack, less than the national average of $1.46.

Pasadena passed a law in 2011 banning smoking in apartments and housing projects, moving it up in the ALA’s estimation.