City of Solana Beach receives ‘B’ grade for its anti-smoking policies

American Lung Association very complimentary

Talk about making an upgrade.

Just one year after receiving an “F” from the California American Lung Association in terms of tobacco-related legislation, the city of Solana Beach reversed its academic fortune and got a “B.” The city recently passed laws eliminating smoking in outdoor dining areas and is imposing a $110 licensing fee to tobacco retailers.

“It’s really kudos to Joe Kellejian and Dave Roberts because they have been fearless leaders on this,” said Debra Kelley, senior director of advocacy for the San Diego office of the American Lung Association. “We have been working with them specifically. They have both been incredible advocates.”

The city received “A”s for enacting smoke-free policies and limiting tobacco access, but received an overall “B” because it did not advance in terms of limiting tobacco use in multiunit housing. Roberts said, however, that he recently had some initial conversations about curtailing smoking in this type of residence.

“Our goal is just to make the world a healthier place for people to live and work,” he said.

Solana Beach has long been at the forefront of anti-smoking legislation. In 1993, it was the first city in California to outlaw smoking in restaurants, and eight years later became the first to ban smoking on beaches.

Kelley said that while the grade is merely symbolic, the American Lung Association does not award them easily. In fact, California, as a state, received an overall “F.” She said Solana Beach’s marks reflect sincere real-life achievements.

“The grade is the icing on the cake,” she said. “This gives them public recognition for a job well done, but the bottom line is they know that it’s improving the health of communities.”

Kellejian said it is promoting healthy living that gives him the most satisfaction.

“If we could affect one person’s life, then we’re a lifesaver,” he said. “We know of too many people who have smoked and have shortened their lives, and it really hits home.”

Related posts:

  1. Solana Beach City Council expands smoking ban
  2. Del Mar council OK’s downtown smoking ban
  3. DM council to review its smoking ordinance
  4. Fairgrounds enacts smoking ban, concert policy
  5. Special night at Solana Beach City Hall

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