Recently, I’ve started getting lots of questions about how many and which communities have passed various local tobacco control policies. This is all part of the CX process that local tobacco coalitions are in the middle of right now. At the Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing, we produce a lot of documents that list the details of policies ranging from tobacco retailer licenses to secondhand smoke ordinances. In addition, we’ve done a lot of public opinion polling over the years, which might also be useful for your coalition to consider.
But with so much information, how do you all figure out what is available for each indicator? There are a lot of indicators, and we have resources for many of them. Here is a quick and dirty summary of some of the information you can find on our website:
- If you are interested in secondhand smoke indicators (2.2) we offer a host of documents that can be found here. These documents include lists of communities that have passed smokefree policies in the areas of outdoor dining (2.2.6), doorways (2.2.8), public events and service areas (2.2.9) and recreation areas (2.2.16), as well as a list that highlights communities that have passed a comprehensive ordinance (covering 5 out of 7 smokefree outdoor areas). We also have polling available on the attitudes toward these specific policies of California Voters and residents of Calabasas.
- Also in the 2.2 indicator section is multi-unit housing. On our website we have an entire page dedicated to smokefree multi-unit housing (indicators 2.2.13, 2.2.23, 2.2.24, and 2.2.26). The documents on the website list communities with smokefree units, smokefree common areas, disclosure laws and nuisance. As with the smokefree outdoor areas, there are statewide polling resources available as well.
- For indicators addressing the availability of tobacco (3.2) the Center again has many resources that could be useful. We have documents providing details on communities across California with strong local tobacco retailer licensing (3.2.1), sampling (3.2.4) and sales of tobacco products near schools (3.2.2) ordinances. We also have a list of the communities that have included electronic cigarettes in their tobacco retailer license (3.2.11). A new document released in late October which details some of the policies that have either strengthened or gone beyond traditional licensing ordinances will address many of these indicators mentioned above and more (1.2.7, 3.2.2, 3.2.4, 3.2.7, and 3.2.11).
- The Center also tracks all political contributions at the state level (1.1.10). This could be handy for elected officials who return to local office after serving at the state level.
Hopefully these resources will help your coalition as it considers which tobacco control issue to take on in the next three years. If you have any other questions you can always give me a call at 916.585.7674.