California Earns Top Grades in Annual State Tobacco Control Report, But More Must Be Done to Protect Communities

The 17th annual “State of Tobacco Control” report grades states and the federal government on policies proven to prevent and reduce tobacco use. The latest finds that California is among the top states in the nation in several key areas, though key to maintaining and further improvement hinge on the continued efforts of state, county and local officials to continue to enact strict measures to prevent youth smoking, e-cigarette use and multi-unit housing protections. In conjunction with the national report, the "State of Tobacco Control" 2019 - California Local Grades report issues grades for all 482 cities and 58 counties in California on policies for smokefree outdoor air, smokefree housing, and reducing sales of tobacco products. While California received solid grades in many areas, much still needs to be done as tobacco use remains the nation’s leading cause of preventable death and disease, taking an estimated 480,000 lives every year. The Lung Association and its partners continue to call for immediate action to reduce smoking rates, protect all Americans from secondhand smoke and ultimately eliminate the death and disease caused by tobacco use.

View the Press Release - Boletín de Prensa en español

View the nationwide American Lung Association "State of Tobacco Control" 2019 report at

New This Year: Use our searchable database to see how your city or county fared in the "State of Tobacco Control" 2019 report at

Download the State of Tobacco Control 2019 - California Local Grades

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Page last updated: March 24, 2020

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