Davis leads region in tobacco protection

Efforts by local cities and counties to control tobacco use and protect residents from second-hand smoke got mixed grades in a new report released Thursday by the American Lung Association.

Davis got a “B” grade, best in the region. The city of Sacramento was second, with a “C.” Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, West Sacramento, Woodland and the unincorporated areas of Yolo and Sacramento counties got “D’s.”

The main cities and unincorporated areas of Placer and El Dorado counties all scored an “F.”

The report cards graded cities and counties on tobacco control policies for smoke-free outdoor air, smoke-free housing and reducing tobacco sales.

More needs to be done at the local level to pass policies and raise the grades, the lung association concluded. The first step is to increase public knowledge about local policies that help protect residents, recognize leadership where steps have been taken and encourage leadership and political will where improvement is needed.

There were mixed results at every level for the state.

“It’s time to raise the grade,” Dr. Stephen Maxwell, Sacramento leadership chair for the lung association, said in a news release. “Strong local tobacco control policies must be a top priority for our elected officials.”

source: bizjournals.com

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