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San Diego Gets Poor Marks In Tobacco Control Report

A no smoking sign posted in Balboa Park is seen in this undated image. Smokers can be fined up to $1000 for lighting up in San Diego city parks.
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A no smoking sign posted in Balboa Park is seen in this undated image. Smokers can be fined up to $1000 for lighting up in San Diego city parks.

When it comes to tobacco control, San Diego is not America's finest city.

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.

In contrast, California received high marks for becoming only the second state in the nation to raise the minimum legal age to buy tobacco to 21. California was also recognized for passing a ballot measure to raise the tobacco tax by $2 a pack.

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