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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2008

     

    ORANGE P.D. helps city earn C grade in tobacco rating


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    ORANGE P.D. helps city earn C grade in tobacco rating

    The Orange Police Departments enforcement stings using youth decoys (PC 308 stings) to enforce state tobacco sales laws helped earn the City of Orange a “C” grade in the annual American Lung Association’s Tobacco Control report card.

    The annual American Lung Association of California State of Tobacco Control local report card was presented this week at a news conference in Los Angeles. Cities were graded based on what local ordinances or policies had been passed in five categories (recreation areas, outdoor dining, entryways, outdoor service areas, multi-unit housing) and tobacco retail licensing ordinances aimed at reducing illegal sales of tobacco to minors. Orange’s future rating is dependent on the city instituting an ordinance to institutionalize the Orange P.D.’s efforts. Other Greater Orange communities did not fare as well. Villa Park and Anaheim both received “F” grades. One bright spot in Orange County was Santa Ana with efforts to curb youth smoking receiving an “A”.

    However Orange, Villa Park and Anaheim all received a zero and an “F” grade for the secondhand smoke rating labeled “smoke free air”. In Orange County, only the city of Laguna Beach earned an overall “C” grade for both categories. In a press release, the American Lung Association stated that some communities have adopted smoke free outdoor ordinances, including parks and dining areas, but protections are still lacking for the hundreds of thousands of Southern California residents who live in multi-unit housing. Secondhand smoke can cause heart attacks, lung cancer, emphysema, and asthma. For elderly citizens, especially those with chronic diseases like diabetes and heart or lung conditions, even small amounts of secondhand smoke can delay their healing and/or sicken them. In apartment buildings, up to 60 percent of the air in each unit is from other units.

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