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UCSD and SDSU score low on tobacco report

The Tobacco Free Communities Coalition has released its annual report card on local college campuses and their attempts to control smoking. Both San Diego State and UCSD received poor grades. KPBS Rep

The Tobacco Free Communities Coalition has released its annual report card on local college campuses and their attempts to control smoking. Both San Diego State and UCSD received poor grades. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

The report card looks at six different tobacco control criteria. These include campus promotion of tobacco, and availability of smoking cessation classes.

UCSD received a D. Tobacco Free Communities Coalition spokeswoman Veronica Baeza.

Baeza: "The big challenge at UCSD is that the campus sells products, so that you can actually purchase tobacco, they have large displays of it. It accepts tobacco research funding, and that's a concern."

Baeza says San Diego State got a C minus. That's because the school sells tobacco on campus, and allows smoking at sporting events.

The region's sole A plus went to Point Loma Nazarene. It's the only local college that's tobacco free.

Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.