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Solano County gets low grades in tobacco report

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From page A3 | January 23, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Solano County and its cities gets mostly Fs in the latest American Lung Association report for tobacco use prevention, though Fairfield received a D.

The local situation is hardly unique. Throughout the state, 60 percent of communities received an F as their overall grade in the report released Wednesday.

“No matter how big or small the city or county, local tobacco control policies save lives,” said Marsha Ramos, chairwoman of the American Lung Association in California governing board, in a press release. “Tobacco use continues to take a toll on the lives of both adults and kids, so these grades represent real health consequences.”

The report looks at smoke-free outdoor air, smoke-free housing and reducing sales of tobacco products. It determines grades by assigning points to various tobacco prevention laws that are in place.

Among local cities, Vallejo got the highest overall grade with a C, followed by Fairfield with a D. Benicia, Dixon, Rio Vista, Suisun City and Vacaville got Fs, as did the rural county.

Solano County is included in the greater Sacramento area. The report gives Davis the highest overall grade in the region with a B.

Felicia Flores-Workman, the Solano Public Health project director for the tobacco prevention and education program, said the American Lung Association criteria doesn’t measure everything going on with tobacco-control efforts.

For example, efforts are underway to make smoke-free housing part of the Fairfield crime-free multiple-housing program, she said. But this voluntary effort wouldn’t show up in the American Lung Association report that looks at laws.

“There’s a little bit of a disconnect between the grades and the efforts,” Flores-Workman said.

Fairfield in 2013 passed restrictions on new smoke shops being located near schools, she said. The county is seeing some positive movement for tobacco prevention, she said.

The report comes as the Solano County Tobacco Education Coalition prepares to conduct its annual luncheon meeting. That meeting will take place from noon to 2 p.m Tuesday at the county Health and Social Services building, 275 Beck Ave., conference room one. The group advises the tobacco prevention efforts by Solano Public Health.

Among the items on the agenda are envisioning a healthy store, developing a position on e-cigarettes – and discussing the latest American Lung Association report.

“We want and welcome people to participate and become involved with us,” Flores-Workman said, adding that’s how tobacco prevention efforts happen.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or beberling@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
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  • Suisun1January 23, 2014 - 7:39 am

    Just embarassing for Solano! Tobacco smoke has a huge toll on the public and taxpayers get stuck with all the medical bills, (lung cancer, heart disease, etc.). Every government agency at every level should be involved in this massive effort to curb smoking.

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  • B. ThiemerJanuary 23, 2014 - 11:59 am

    perhaps if smokers were responsible for their own health problems, rather than saddling taxpayers with the bills, smoking would drop naturally.

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  • Jason KnowlesJanuary 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm

    I am on the Leadership Board for the ALA in California. Our attempts at legislation are always met with fierce resistance from the well-funded tobacco lobby and their henchmen in Congress. Join us in the fight be getting involved. Check out www.lung.org/associations/states/california/volunteer/ to find out how you can help.

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  • Jason KnowlesJanuary 23, 2014 - 4:00 pm

    I am on the Leadership Board for the ALA in California. Our attempts at legislation are always met with fierce resistance from the well-funded tobacco lobby and their henchmen in Congress. Join us in the fight be getting involved. Check out our website to find out how you can volunteer.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
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