SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The newly released American Lung Association State of
"This year, California began reaping the financial and health benefits of an increased tobacco tax," said Mark Johnson, Board Chair for the American Lung Association in California. "I've seen personally how effective it can be as one of my close relatives, a long-time smoker, finally quit the day the tobacco tax went into effect. Our family was so grateful for his lifestyle change and we've already seen a big improvement in his health."
The hundreds of millions in increased tobacco taxes from Proposition 56 now flowing to critical state health and prevention programs lead to a big grade increase for California. The state received an A grade for funding for state tobacco prevention programs, up from an F in 2016. California's grade for smoking cessation services also improved from an F to a C.
California's 2018 Grades
In conjunction with the national report, the American Lung Association in California released its companion State of Tobacco Control 2018 – California Local Grades report, which issues grades for all 482 cities and 58 counties in California on local tobacco control policies.
Highlights from this year's report include:
Unfortunately, half of California's population still live in communities scoring a D or F. This includes nearly half of the 10 most populous cities in the state.
"Smoking rates continue to decline in California, yet tobacco use remains the state's leading cause of preventable death and disease, killing nearly 40,000 Californians each year," said Vanessa Marvin, Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy for the American Lung Association in California. "Tobacco use is a serious addiction, and the fact that 11 percent of California adults still smoke highlights how much work remains to be done in our communities to prevent and reduce tobacco use."
State and local elected officials must continue to pursue policies that reduce youth access to tobacco products and e-cigarettes, reduce exposure to secondhand smoke in multi-unit housing and public facilities and protect those relentlessly targeted by Big Tobacco's deceptive marketing campaigns including low-income and rural communities and the LGBTQ community.
For media interested in speaking with an expert about the State of Tobacco Control or the State of Tobacco Control 2018 – California Local Grades report, lung health, tobacco use and tobacco control policies, contact the American Lung Association in California at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 585-7666.
About the American Lung Association in CaliforniaThe American Lung Association in California is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education and advocacy. The Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer, to improve the air we breathe, to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families, and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association in California or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-685-4872) or visit www.lung.org/california
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SOURCE American Lung Association in California
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