The state of tobacco

North State in need of tighter tobacco policies, report finds

The American Lung Association’s annual State of Tobacco Control report concluded that Northern California health officials must renew tobacco-control efforts.

The report tracks progress in four categories of tobacco-control policies—tobacco control and prevention spending, smoke-free air, cigarette tax, and cessation coverage—at federal and state levels, handing out grades for specific counties and cities, according to an American Lung Association press release. Bolstered by a strong tobacco-retailer license, Oroville earned a C, the highest grade of any city in the area, while Chico was given a D.

California as a whole received an A for its smoke-free-air policies, a D for its low cigarette tax, an F for failing to sufficiently fund prevention and control programs, and an F for a lack of smoking cessation and treatment services.