Lung Association gives Sacramento a 'C' grade in tobacco protection efforts

(January 20, 2011)


January 20, 2011

Sacramento and California's largest cities got mostly middling marks when it comes to protecting the public from tobacco and secondhand smoke, according to a national report card released today by the American Lung Association.


Sacramento received an overall "C" in the report card. Davis had the region's best grade with an overall "B" for its efforts to promote smoke-free outdoor areas and reduce tobacco sales.

Noting the mixed results throughout the state, the lung association issued a challenge to communities to raise their grades. "Strong local tobacco control policies must be a top priority for our elected officials," said Dr. Stephen Maxwell, the chair of the association's California leadership board.

A bright spot for most of California's largest cities was in the area of tobacco sales, with Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Long Beach, Oakland and Santa Ana achieving A's.