Tobacco Report Slams San Diego’s Control Efforts
The area received a "D" in the rankings in stark contrast to the state at whole, which is a leader in anti-tobacco efforts. Meanwhile, Laguna Beach mulls expanding smoking ban to all public places.
KPBS Public Media:
San Diego Gets Poor Marks In Tobacco Control Report
The latest State of Tobacco Control report from the American Lung Association grades cities in three separate areas of tobacco policy: smoke-free outdoor areas, smoke-free multifamily housing and reducing sales of tobacco products. San Diego got a D grade for failing to ban smoking in apartment houses and condominiums, and for not having adequate restrictions on smoking on patios and other outdoor areas in restaurants. (Goldberg, 1/25)
Los Angeles Times:
Laguna Beach Looks At Banning Smoking In All Public Places
The list of places where Laguna Beach bans smoking is apparently getting longer. The city currently bans smoking at public parks and beaches and in restaurants, the Act V lot, elevators, public transportation vehicles, hospitals and other healthcare facilities. On Tuesday, the City Council supported extending the list to all public places — including alleys, bike paths, sidewalks, parking lots and plazas — as well as common areas of multi-unit residences. In a unanimous vote, the council directed staff to return with a draft ordinance. Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers would be treated as tobacco products under the new rules and be similarly banned in those areas. (Alderton, 1/25)