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Roseville gets an F for tobacco control policies

Scores a D for smoke-free outdoor air
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Roseville got an F grade for overall tobacco control by the American Lung Association, and the rest of Placer County didn’t fare any better.

In conjunction with the national State of Tobacco Control 2013 released Jan. 16, California’s chapter released its own report, issuing grades for all 482 cities and 58 counties on local tobacco control polices. The report shows mixed results.

Roseville earned a D for smoke-free outdoor air, an F for smoke-free housing and an F for reducing the sales of tobacco products.

“Once a national leader in tobacco control policies, California’s efforts are now lagging,” according to the organization’s press release. “The state has not increased its cigarette tax since 1999 and now ranks 33rd in the country at 87 cents per pack, compared to the U.S. average of $1.48 per pack. States including Texas, Oklahoma and Montana now have higher tobacco taxes than California.”

In California, smoking takes an $18 billion economic toll, according to the American Lung Association. To view the complete California report, visit www.lung.org/california.