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State of Tobacco Control, Here We Come

Yep, it’s that time of year again… Time to gear up for State of Tobacco Control grading.

The State of Tobacco Control (SOTC) Report is a national report grading every state which is released by the American Lung Association each January. In coordination with the national report, the State of Tobacco Control – California Local Grades report issues grades for all 482 cities and 58 counties in California on local policies for smokefree outdoor environments, smokefree housing, and reducing sales of tobacco products.

While the report is not released until January each year, the process of grading the cities and counties in California begins much, much earlier. In fact, the process for preparing our 2013 California report started this week! The grading process starts each September with American Lung Association in California staff reviewing the grading criteria from the previous year to determine if there were any issues in the previous year. Then in October Lung Association staff begin to review hundreds of municipal codes from cities and counties across the state to determine their grades. We get input on the grades from our partners in tobacco control during November. And then the final report is compiled and written in December. Read More »

Farewell

It has been a wonderful five years working for the American Lung Association in California and being immersed in the tobacco control world.  What have I learned?  I’ll let the numbers tell the story.

January 2007 – The tobacco industry just spent $62 million to defeat Proposition 86
January 2012 – The tobacco industry has already spent nearly $3 million and is about to spend tens of millions more in their attempt to defeat the California Cancer Research Act  Read More »

If I Were Writing This Report

On Tuesday the American Lung Association released an exciting new report entitled Luchando por el Aire: The Burden of Asthma on Hispanics; it is part of its Disparities in Lung Health Series of reports.  The Spanish title translates as “fighting for air,” an experience that is all too common among people with asthma. 

Here in California we have nearly thirteen million Hispanics, many of whom may be needlessly suffering from asthma, a severe chronic, or life long, disease that can be serious – even life threatening.  The report finds that compared to non-Hispanic whites, Hispanics with asthma are less likely to be in the care of a regular doctor or clinic; less likely to be prescribed appropriate medicines; less likely to have access to specialized care; and more likely to end up being treated in the emergency department or hospitalized in a crisis. 

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Happy Six-Month Anniversary SOTC!

Did you know this week marks the halfway point between SOTC releases? SOTC is the State of Tobacco Control Report, which is released by the American Lung Association each January. In coordination with the national report, the State of Tobacco Control 2010 – California Local Grades report issues grades for all 481 cities and 58 counties in California on policies for smokefree outdoor environments, smokefree housing, and reducing sales of tobacco products.

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What can SLATI do for you?

Quiz time!

1. SLATI stands for:
a. Skilled League for Advancing Tennis Instruction
b. Senior Leadership Association of Texas Illustrators
c. Science Learning Academy for Technology Infrastructure
d. State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues

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