Lake Forest Gets an 'F' On Tobacco Report Card

The American Lung Association drops the hammer on Orange County cities, including Lake Forest, for failing to protect the public from tobacco and smoke.

The American Lung Association slapped a big red F on the city's amenability to those wishing a cigarette smoke-free environment.

The health organization on Wednesday released its annual State of Tobacco Control report, and Lake Forest was near the back of the pack. Lake Forest received an F grade, along with 30 other Orange County cities, including the unincorporated area of OC.

The 2012 report card listed only four cities in the county that fared better on their overall grade: Laguna Hills (C), Laguna Woods (C), Santa Ana (D) and Seal Beach (D). A year ago, Seal Beach was not on that list; the other cities' grades remained the same.

The report was based on a city's provision for smoke-free outdoor air, smoke-free housing and reducing sales of tobacco products. In all three areas, Lake Forest received a failing grade.

  • Check the State of Tobacco Control pdf that's attached and see results for Orange County cities on pages 55-56.

In total, there were 16 areas within those three categories in which cities could have scored up to 4 points for an A, 3 points for a B, etc. An example would be how well a city maintains smoke-free entryways (smoking prohibited within 20 feet or more for an A grade) or public events.

Lake Forest scored two points in those sub-categories, for smoke-free outdoor air in recreation areas.

Other cities that received the same two points in the report were Anaheim, Cypress, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, and unincorporated OC.

Cities that failed to get a single positive mark in the report: Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, La Habra, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Juan Capistrano, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster and Yorba Linda.

JustUs January 17, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Smoking cigarettes is still a legal activity. People should be allowed to smoke in their own homes and in the open air. Anything short of that is fascism, IMO. The American Lung Association probably would like to make tobacco an illegal substance. That would sure be smart. As if we don't have enough gang murders on the street that are a direct result of gangbangers protecting drug turf. Who cares if they give Lake Forest an "F". Are we going to have to stay after school now and get a tongue lashing by the principal? Mind your own business, ALA, and stay out of ours. Full disclosure: I don't smoke and never have. But I am a real nit picker when it comes to civil liberties.
Bradly January 18, 2013 at 01:49 AM
An F. Ha! What a joke.. "Hey Boss it's report card time, the man that works at the supermarket wasn't standing 10.5 miles away from the building when he took his smoke break". "Give em' an F Rick"
JustUs January 18, 2013 at 02:03 AM
If the City of Lake Forest gave the ALA a $10,000 donation I wonder if that F could get elevated to a B? Does it work the same way with Sacramento and Washington DC too? You know, 'play for pay'?


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