Tuesday, September 23, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Solano County gets low grades in tobacco report

By
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.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 4 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • 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.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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
.

US / World

California wildfire crews brace for weather shift

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
LA County sheriff’s deputies testing body cameras

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Bear suspected to have killed New Jersey hiker

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Poll: Support for gay marriage may be leveling off

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Islamic State militants kill 40 Iraqi troops

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Sierra Leone, Liberia brace for new Ebola cases

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Islamist group kidnaps Frenchman in Algeria

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 3 Comments | Gallery

Pennsylvania governor confident ambush suspect will be caught

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
Focus on UVa employee in student’s disappearance

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
Prosecutor: 800 rounds found in intruder case

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 2 Comments | Gallery

Islamic State offensive poses problems for Turkey

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Study links changing winds to warming in Pacific

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

Crews work to clear debris from Shasta mudslide

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
.

Opinion

Editorial cartoon for Sept. 23, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page:

 
Academia needs to act to protect college women

By Dan K. Thomasson | From Page:

 
.

Living

Today in History: Sept. 23, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Community Calendar: Sept. 23, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page:

 
Horoscopes: Sept. 23, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B7

.

Entertainment

Kris Jenner files to divorce Bruce Jenner

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
Alaska TV reporter quits on air to promote pot

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Shonda Rhimes lays claim to Thursday nights on ABC

By Frazier Moore | From Page: | Gallery

 
Giuliani to help fight Noriega’s video game suit

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

‘The Lion King’ earns record box office

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Eric Lynch, Howard Stern’s diminutive foil, dies

By The Associated Press | From Page:

TVGrid Sept 23

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

 
.

Sports

Giants get closer, beat Dodgers 5-2 in 13 innings

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Prep boys water polo: Mustangs go 3-0 in Dixon tourney

By Daily Republic staff | From Page:

 
Prep boys soccer: Mustangs hold Indians to 0-0 draw

By Daily Republic staff | From Page:

 
MNF: Bears hold on to beat Jets 27-19

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Jeff Samardzija pitches A’s past Angels 8-4

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Nebraska’s Abdullah: Jameis Winston must grow up

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Raiders have to settle for moral victory

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Home of 49ers lineman Ray McDonald burglarized

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 1 Comment

Undisciplined play sends 49ers to 1-2 start

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Kicking game: It is called football, after all

By Barry Wilner | From Page:

US Soccer stands by Solo decision

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
FIFA ethics judge hesitates on World Cup

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Braves fire GM Frank Wren after missing playoffs

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Royals beat Indians 2-0, gain on Tigers

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Bettman says NHL proactive about off-ice conduct

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Silver: NBA will review domestic violence policies

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Concern over McIlroy, McDowell more about results

By The Associated Press | From Page:

NFL vetting process: There are no sure things

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Owner: ‘No misinformation’ by Ravens on Rice

By The Associated Press | From Page:

This date in sports history for Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Kent creates scholarship for Cal women’s athletics

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
.

Business

Treasury to unveil steps to curb tax inversions

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Tesco suspends execs over inflated profit report

By The Associated Press | From Page:

GM expert says 21 deaths eligible for compensation

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
Apple: 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 1 Comment

US existing home sales fall in August

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Investors fret Yahoo’s future, stock dips

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

Businesses and investors pressing for green policy

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Garfield Sept 23

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Baldo Sept 23

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Dilbert Sept 23

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Baby Blues Sept 23

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Cryptoquote Sept 23

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Beetle Bailey Sept 23

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Zits Sept 23

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Bridge Sept 23

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Crossword Sept 23

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Word Sleuth Sept 23

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Frank and Ernest Sept 23

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Pickles Sept 23

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

For Better or Worse Sept 23

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Rose is Rose Sept 23

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Sally Forth Sept 23

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Get Fuzzy Sept 23

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Sudoku Sept 23

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
B.C. Sept 23

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Wizard of Id Sept 23

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Blondie Sept 23

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Peanuts Sept 23

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6