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Roseville gets an F for tobacco control

Grade released Thursday in annual American Lung Association report
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The American Lung Association in California is calling 2011 an abysmal year for efforts to curb tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.

The city of Roseville — along with hundreds of other municipalities — received an F grade for overall tobacco control, which addresses smoke-free outdoor environments, smoke-free housing, and reducing sales of tobacco products.

Roseville got one point out of a possible 12 total. The point was for the city’s smoke-free recreation areas.

The American Lung Association in California released its “State of Tobacco Control 2012 — California Local Grades” Jan. 19, in conjunction with the national organization’s annual report.

In 2011, a total of 45 cities and counties in California adopted new tobacco control policies to protect residents from the harmful effects of tobacco, according to the report. But 355 cities and counties, or 66 percent of all jurisdictions in the state, received an overall F grade.

According to the national report, California as a whole received an F for failing to adequately fund tobacco prevention and control programs, and a D for its low cigarette tax. California ranks 33rd among 50 states and the District of Columbia for charging 87 cents per pack tax. The national average is $1.46.

The American Lung Association is urging the passage of the California Cancer Research Act on the June ballot, which would provide more than $855 million annually to fund research for tobacco-related diseases, and education and treatment programs by increasing the state’s tobacco tax by $1 per pack.

California earned an A on the national report for smoke-free air polices and an F for poor coverage of smoking cessation and treatment services.

~ Sena Christian

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To view the American Lung Association in California report, visit www.lung.org/california.