Thursday, July 31, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Davis a lone bright spot in anti-smoking efforts

By
From page A1 | January 23, 2014 |

Davis was the only city in Yolo County to receive an overall passing grade from the American Lung Association for tobacco control efforts last year.

The city received the highest grade in the Sacramento region — a B for overall tobacco control — in a report released Wednesday, but the rest of the county did not fare as well, with West Sacramento, Woodland and the unincorporated areas of the county all receiving a grade of D and Winters earning an F.

The overall grades were based on three categories — smoke-free outdoor air, smoke-free housing and reducing sales of tobacco products.

The city of Davis actually earned A grades for two of those categories — smoke-free outdoor air and reducing sales of tobacco products — but received a D for smoke-free housing. The rest of the county, meanwhile, received an F in the latter category.

California law allows cities and counties to enact restrictions on secondhand smoke in multi-unit housing, but other than Davis’ restriction on smoking in indoor common areas of housing complexes, no other ordinances exist in the county, according to the American Lung Association. The rest of the state hasn’t fared much better.

“While California has been a leader on protections from secondhand smoke,” the association said, “one area where people continue to be unprotected is in multi-unit housing. Secondhand smoke exposure in multi-unit housing is a serious health threat because secondhand smoke drifts into housing units from other units, balconies, patios and common areas.”

Davis scored much higher when it comes to smoke-free outdoor air.

Under California law, cities and counties have explicit authority to go beyond state law to enact secondhand smoke restrictions in outdoor areas, including restaurant dining areas, entryways, public events, recreation areas and service areas.

The city of Davis has done the most of all Yolo County cities in that regard, restricting smoking in outdoor dining areas, within 20 feet or more of entryways, at service areas (such as bus stops) and at public events, as well as in some recreation areas.

Woodland was second-best — earning a C in that category — with restrictions on smoking near entryways, in recreation areas and at public events and Winters earned a D for its restrictions in recreation areas.

West Sacramento, meanwhile, received an F, as did the unincorporated portion of the county.

But both Davis and West Sacramento received high marks for reducing sales of tobacco products. Both earned A grades — as did Yolo County — largely for tobacco retailer licensing.

Under state law, city and counties can require tobacco retailers to obtain a license to sell tobacco products, allowing municipalities to keep track of tobacco retailers, conduct enforcement activities to ensure compliance with state and local laws and penalize retailers who sell to minors.

But while Davis, West Sacramento and Yolo County earned the highest marks for that, both Winters and Woodland received F grades for a lack of licensing.

Overall, the state showed a lack of progress in tobacco reduction, according to the American Lung Association.

Once a national leader in tobacco control policies, the association said, California is now falling behind in protecting its citizens from tobacco. Just 9 percent of cities and counties earned an overall grade of A or B from the association.

And while the state itself earned an A grade for smoke-free air policies, California received a D for its low cigarette tax, an F for failing to sufficiently fund tobacco prevention and control programs and another F for poor coverage of smoking cessation and treatment services.

“Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and illness in the (United States),” said Stephanie Yoder, who chairs the American Lung Association’s Sacramento Leadership Board.

“We must renew our commitment to stopping tobacco from robbing another generation of their health and continue striving for reduced smoking rates,” Yoder said.

The association did applaud the University of California for recent smoking restrictions enacted systemwide.

“We’re really excited about the UCs,” said Erin Reynoso of the Sacramento chapter.

And Yolo County has taken steps recently to combat an increase in smoking among minors.

The Board of Supervisors last month allocated $170,000 for the development of a comprehensive tobacco prevention action plan targeting youths and young adults and providing cessation services to the county’s mental health clients, 40 percent of whom are smokers.

Yolo County Health Officer Constance Caldwell had cited an alarming increase in smoking by the county’s youth in requesting the funding. According to Caldwell, youth smoking more than doubled between 2007 and 2011.

As Caldwell did then, the American Lung Association on Wednesday pointed the finger at tobacco companies that continue to target young people.

“More than 30,000 kids start smoking each year in the state,” the association reported. “Meanwhile, the tobacco industry continued its ruthless pursuit of addicting new users and keeping current users from quitting in 2013. This included efforts at the federal and state levels to exempt their products from meaningful public health protections.

“As cigarette use continues to gradually decline, these companies continue to maintain their stranglehold on America’s youth and reap profits from smokeless tobacco, cigars and now e-cigarettes,” the association said.

See the American Lung Association’s full report at http://www.lung.org/associations/states/california/advocacy/fight-/state-of-tobacco-control-2014.html

— Reach Anne Ternus-Bellamy at aternus@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8051. Follow her on Twitter at @ATernusBellamy

Comments

comments

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Davis area youths learn wilderness survival skills

    By Charlotte Orr | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
     
    Local therapists bring ‘Daring Greatly’ movement to Davis

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Firefighters keep Yosemite blaze far from sequoias

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Police nab three for vehicle theft

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

     
    Crews battle grass fire near Davis

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

    Sorting out the claims after pipe break: Who pays?

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Governor says immigration solution is a priority

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    As farmland subsides, aquifer worries mount

    By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Pogledich named Yolo County counsel

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Tuleyome launches Kickstarter campaign to publish a children’s nature book

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Davis teen on California team for national horticulture competition

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Truth and authenticity on radio program

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    Senior sing-along held monthly

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    .

    Forum

    A rose by any other name

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Ross Douthat: Democrat, Republican patterns are changing

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: A6

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

     
    Civilians are innocent victims

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Thanks for your kindnesses

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

     
    Questions, questions, questions

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A6

    Speak out

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

     
    .

    Sports

    Davis Water Polo U10 girls are golden

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1

     
    Aggie Silva mixed school and strikes; wins Reno tourney

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Lucky No. 7: Giants snap losing streak

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    River Cats snap three-game losing streak

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Davis Rugby teams wrap up summer season

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

     
    DHS tryout schedule updated; physical packets due

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

    49ers WR Brandon Lloyd enjoying return to NFL

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

     
    Hammel struggles in A’s loss to Astros

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

    .

    Features

    Happy 103rd birthday!

    By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A2

     
    Fay Libet: 100 years young

    By Spencer Ault | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Future subscriber: Sonya Theresa Arnold

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Arts

    Landscape exhibition returns to Davis

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

     
    Hear live music at Monticello

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    New KDRT show features touring musicians

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    Hot City heats up Winters gazebo

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Enjoy some Mischief at First Saturday event

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    British organist to play in Davis

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    Native American dancers to perform in Davis

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

    Winters stages ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Thursday, July 31, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: B6