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RSM Gets an 'F' On Tobacco Report Card

The American Lung Association drops the hammer on Orange County cities, including Rancho Santa Margarita, 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 Rancho Santa Margarita was at the back of the pack. RSM 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, RSM 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. RSM did not score a point in any of those sub-categories.

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

LeAna Bui January 17, 2013 at 05:02 PM
I would like to see at least enforcement of the 20 foot rule.
Eddy Bialer January 18, 2013 at 11:15 PM
I am a non smoker. Good for you RSM. Smokers are citizens and people also. They have a right to smoke and it is legal to buy smokes in the USA so it is legal to use them. They are taxed to the hilt, unlawfuly so. Americans fought a war and won that was based on unfair taxation. It is called the War of Independence in 1776. American lung association back off and leave these people alone.
J.P. January 19, 2013 at 01:28 AM
I agree. I love RSM because it has always been run like a business, with common sense and respect for the residents and their tax dollars. I'm so tired of busy-bodies calling for more and more government regulation and intervention. When will it stop? The last thing we need is our local city government to start trying to regulate every aspect of our lives like Washington and Sacramento already are doing. No thanks, happy to have the "F".
LeAna Bui January 19, 2013 at 06:47 AM
There is already a law on the books that states there is no smoking within 20 feet of the entrance of a building. Why bother to put a law on the books if you are not going to enforce it? And it is not "busybody" to not want to inhale/smell another person's second hand smoke.

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