Anti-Smoking Teen Group Gives Cities Grades
A group of Contra Costa students has issued a report card on how well cities are doing in protecting young people against the dangers of tobacco.
The group, called Tobacco Industry Gets Hammered by Teens, gives an A-plus to Antioch, Danville, El Cerrito, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Ramon, Walnut Creek and the county for passing ordinances requiring that tobacco be sold from locked cases and restrict outdoor advertising near schools and parks. Orinda, Lafayette and Brentwood are considering passing similar ordinances.
``We asked all of the cities in Contra Costa to pass the tobacco- free youth ordinance so we could start the new century tobacco free,'' said Monica Cervantes, a coordinator for the group, which is financed by Proposition 99 cigarette tax money. ``some of them have done a great job, but other are lagging.''
She said the group is still working with Clayton, Concord, Hercules, Martinez, Moraga, San Pablo and Oakley.