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  • Wednesday, February 13, 2008

     

    Orange’s youth deserve an A on tobacco restrictions

    Metro Views _____________:GoCo:
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    Orange’s youth deserve an A on tobacco restrictions

    This week, thanks to the enforcement efforts of the Orange Police Department the City of Orange received a “C” in its efforts to enforce laws that restrict tobacco sales to young people. While a “C” appears a weak grade, compared with other Orange County cities the average C was way above average for the American Lung Association of California State of Tobacco Control local report card. However, Orange youth deserve the city receiving an A in enforcement efforts.

    It should be noted that the tobacco enforcement efforts were not rated average (called PC 308 sting operations) , it was the lack of commitment of the local ordinances and revenue support that held the grade down. The report stated about Orange’s efforts:

    Police Department does perform PC 308 stings. An ordinance that instituionalizes such checks and provides revue for them will be required to maintain or improve the grade in the future.

    A clear model for a community commitment to the problem can be easily found next door in Santa Ana which was the only Orange County city receiving an “A” in preventing Youth Access to tobacco.

    Orange has world class hospitals (including one for children), a world class university, and nationally recognized tourist and shopping destinations. Orange should be just as proud to have a nationally recognized effort to prevent youth access to tobacco abuse. Now is the time for our city leaders to take the steps to make Orange a leader in the health of our young people because a failing grade on this report card really is really failing our children.


    The Greater Orange Community Organization________

    ALSO SEE…
    ORANGE P.D. helps city earn C grade in tobacco rating CLICK ON: ORANGE PD GRADE

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