Several S.F. Bay Area jurisdictions get “A” for anti-tobacco policies

A number of cities and counties in the San Francisco Bay Area have notably enhanced their policies toward reducing use of tobacco, and California is back on track as an anti-tobacco leader, according to a new report.

The American Lung Association's "State of Tobacco Control 2017 - California Local Grades" report stated that Saratoga joined Santa Clara County, Berkeley, Dublin, Union City, El Cerrito and Daly City to earn "A" grade.

Six other Bay Area jurisdictions, viz. Brisbane, Orinda, East Palo Alto, Los Gatos, Sunnyvale and San Bruno, were identified as "on the rise" as these jurisdictions improved their grades by passing or revising anti-smoke policies.

Mark Di Giorgio, chairperson of the ALA California, said, "We applaud the efforts of local leaders throughout the Bay Area who continue to push for improved tobacco policies in their communities."

Unincorporated Solano County received the discouraging "F" grades for its lack of tobacco control policies. A representative for Solano County could not be reached for comment on the ALA's findings. Vallejo was the only community in Solano County that got a grade better than F, and it got a "D" grade.

The report underlined that California communities can further improve their grades by creating policies to thwart exposure to secondhand smoke in multi-unit housing, slashing risks of asthma and lung cancer.