City News Service
About two-thirds of all cities and counties in the state, including 10 in San Diego County, received failing grades in an annual report released Thursday by the American Lung Association rating policies to restrict smoking and sales of tobacco products.
The city of San Diego earned an overall D grade, while San Diego County received an F.
Only nine cities in California earned an A grade, none in San Diego County. El Cajon and Solana Beach were among 20 cities across the state that earned B grades.
According to the report, California cities and counties earned mixed results, even though the state used to be a national leader on tobacco-control policies.
"It's time to raise the grade," Jane Warner, president and CEO of the Lung Association in California, said. "Strong state and local tobacco control policies must be a top priority for our elected officials."
The report rates cities in the areas of providing smoke-free outdoor environments, smoke-free housing and reducing sales of tobacco products.