Tag Archives: State of Tobacco Control

Cutting Tobacco’s Rural Roots

Last week, the American Lung Association released a new report called Cutting Tobacco’s Rural Roots:  Tobacco Use in Rural Communities, which examines the uphill battle rural communities face against tobacco addiction and secondhand smoke.  The report also discusses the environmental, social and cultural factors that contribute to a higher rate of tobacco use among youth and adults in rural America. 

Of course being a national report, a lot of the information is focused on far off places like Arkansas and Kentucky. (In fact, the report was a big reminder to me that many places in the country are still struggling to pass smokefree workplaces laws.)

But even here in California the smoking prevalence rate in rural communities is between 16% and 21%. This is significantly higher than the statewide smoking prevalence rate of 12.1%. In addition, youth in California’s rural communities are two times more likely to use smokeless tobacco than their counterparts who live in urban areas.

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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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Dispatch from the District – New Legislator Orientation with Sen. Kevin De León

By Guest Blogger – Justin Robertson, Los Angeles County Tobacco Control and Prevention Program

New Legislator Orientation is a great opportunity for relationship building with new members of the California Legislature. Some members come to Sacramento knowing less about tobacco policy than others, and often appreciate that we’re here to answer their questions and to help keep them informed.

Last month, my TCPP/Project TRUST colleague Alisha Lopez and I sat down with Senator Kevin De León and his District Director—himself a local city councilmember—for a brisk 15-minute meeting at his district office in Los Angeles. It was a great experience that showed me the value of crisp, clear communication, and how materials like the American Lung Association in California (ALAC) State of Tobacco Control report can be invaluable for our information and education efforts. Read More »

I Like Bad Grades

Each year with the release of the State of Tobacco Control local report card we all feel it – that terrible sinking feeling like we’ve gotten bad grades in school. California got D’s & F’s. My city got a D. And communities where I’ve spent time working with the Center got F’s.

It always takes a minute to remind ourselves that it’s not us; we & our coalitions are not the ones being judged. It’s our elected officials being graded. They’re the ones who need to take action to protect their residents. And they’re the ones we elected to do just that. Read More »