American Lung Association Applauds Adoption of More Stringent Tobacco Policies by Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
By strengthening current tobacco retail licenses in LA County, Board protects the health of families throughout the region.
(November 16, 2018) - LOS ANGELES
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The American Lung Association applauds the decision of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to move forward with drafting an ordinance that would strengthen the County’s retail license by prohibiting the sale of tobacco near family sensitive areas (such as schools and parks) and limiting the sale of flavored tobacco products under the County’s jurisdiction. The drafted motion will then come back for the Board of Supervisors to review in 180 days.
“The American Lung Association applauds the LA County Board of Supervisors for their bold decision to protect the health of millions of County residents,” said Jesus Rivera, Advocacy Specialist, American Lung Association in California. “Simply put, the Supervisors’ decision today puts them on a path that will save lives and prevent tens of thousands of California youth from becoming addicted to deadly tobacco.”
If the ordinance being drafted were to pass, Los Angeles County would join 27 other major municipalities across the state in enacting tougher policies on the sale of tobacco products marketed directly to youth, following on the heels of San Francisco enacting tough new policies again flavored tobacco products in that city.
For more information about youth smoking and help quitting, please visit Lung.org/stop-smoking or call the America Lung Association’s Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNGUSA.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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