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Dixon Gets an ‘F’ for Its Tobacco Policies; Whole County Gets Fs Except Vallejo

The state of California received failing grades from the American Lung Association.

The American Lung Association in California gave the city of Dixon an F rating for its tobacco policies. To keep that in context, they gave every single city in Solano County an F, with the exception of Vallejo, which received a D. 

What do you think of the American Lung Association's grades and the tobacco policies in Dixon? What grade would you give Dixon? 

The annual report, which was released Wednesday, issues grades for all cities and counties in California on local tobacco control policies including those for smokefree outdoor environments, smokefree housing, and reducing sales of tobacco products.

Overall, the association said the state of California "falls short in adequately funding tobacco prevention programs to protect children and curb tobacco-caused disease." California earned an A grade for its smokefree air policies but received a D for its low cigarette tax, an F for failing to adequately fund tobacco prevention and control programs, and another F for poor coverage of smoking cessation and treatment services.

“Safeguarding our communities from the negative consequences of tobacco is critical,” said American Lung Association in California—San Diego Chairman Paul Manasjan. “These grades represent real health consequences. We know how to win the fight against tobacco, but it requires strong leadership and action by elected officials at all levels.”

The association also criticized the state for not increasing its cigarette tax since 1999 and spending only 15 percent of what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends to adequately fund tobacco prevention programs and services to help people quit smoking.

There are about 3 million new youth smokers in the U.S. and 34,400 in California every year. About 37,000 deaths are caused by tobacco use, according to the U.S. Surgeon General.

“We need to do more to fight the influence of tobacco interests in California politics,” said American Lung Association in California Chairwoman Marsha Ramos. “Our state elected officials have an opportunity to change course in 2013 and make big strides in the fight to end tobacco-caused death and disease. It’s going to take a great deal of political will, but we are confident our elected officials are up to the challenge. Our children’s health is depending on them.”

To view the complete California report, including grades for cities in Solano County, visit www.lung.org/california or click on the PDF attached to this article.

Carol Pruett January 18, 2013 at 04:49 PM
I don't smoke. Quit years ago. I know it is bad & harmful. But I don't trust anything the ALA says. I have seen them twist info in person to get their agenda the way they want it.
Betty Plowman January 18, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Hey ALA, you take Vallejo, I'll stay with Dixon. I have seen you too many times destroying businesses, leading to high unemployment, poverty and crime. Don't forget to let the farmers know how much you also deplore their activities. Crime Comparison - Crime Rates, Reports & Statistics Crime Comparison Vallejo vs.Dixon Dixon, CA is 39.4% less dangerous to live in than Vallejo, CA. In Dixon, CA as compared to Vallejo, CA you are: 74.4% less likely to get robbed, 71.2% less likely to get your car stolen.
Robert Oliver January 18, 2013 at 06:59 PM
I don't smoke either but if they explained why as well as the article does then I'd like to give them an F also, ( and a U )
Ken Delfino January 18, 2013 at 07:45 PM
I used to smoke...quit 20 pounds ago. However, I did not become a raving anti-smoking lunatic like some I know--including former friends. The ALA gives Dixon and other cities an "F" for not creating and/enforcing more "govern-medicarium" policies on their cities. The cities are looking out for their citizes and businesses as a whole and not just children who...will grow up...and MAY become smokers anyway! Unfortunately, there are the obnoxious on both ends of the specrum: the ALA and its fan club and the inconsiderate smokers. To me it's very simple...I don't know what the ratios of smokers/non-smokers there are in each city and actually, I have other things to worry about like continued "taxation withoug representation". if smokers bother me, subtle hints like moving out of the way of smoke will tell a considerate smoker to either put out his or her cigarette or blow their smoke in another direction. I don't know what restaurant policies are on smokers sitting in outdoor seating, but if it is allowed and smoke bothers me, I will choose to no longer frequent that business. As for grades, I give these cities an "A" for not shoving "medicarium" down the throats of businesses and people who enjoy free spaces. ALA gets and "F" for interferium.
Randy Davis January 19, 2013 at 07:00 PM
There is no reason to create even more laws which are largely unenforceable. Should the priorities of the Police Department be shifted to anti-smoking efforts? I don't think so.

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