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Feb 24

El Cerrito Receives “A” Grade from Lung Association

Posted on February 24, 2016 at 8:37 AM by Suzanne Iarla

In February, the Lung Association released its annual State of Tobacco Control - California Local Grades report, which issues grades for local municipalities in California on policies for smoke-free outdoor air, smoke-free housing, and reducing sales of tobacco products. The Lung Association also released its annual State of Tobacco Control report, which examines tobacco control policies at the state and federal level.  With the City’s new tobacco retailer license program, El Cerrito improved from an F to an A in the category, “Reducing Sales of Tobacco Products” and received an overall grade of A. El Cerrito was also highlighted in the report for being among only a handful of California cities to ban flavored tobacco products. 

A Contra Costa Times article about the report noted El Cerrito’s recent accomplishments:
http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_29470357/bay-area-leads-state-tobacco-control-policies-new.

Information about the new tobacco retailer license program is on the City’s website at
www.el-cerrito.org/tobaccoretailers. Staff is currently processing the 16 license applications for existing retailers, including determining if 4 retailers are in early compliance with all of the regulations. Since the Council adopted the program, two retailers who previously sold tobacco (Goody Donuts and R & R Auto Services) have ceased selling tobacco products.