Bakersfield receives ‘F’ in tobacco control report card


Kern County is at the bottom of the class when it comes to tobacco laws and policy according to a report compiled by the American Lung Foundation.

The state scored an “A” for smoke-free air policies and funding for prevention programs. Tobacco taxes and raising the minimum buying age both scored a “B.” 

Tobacco sales are declining but it’s still the leading cause of preventable death in California.

Kern County, meanwhile, did not do so well.

Arvin and Tehachapi had the highest grades in the county each scoring a “C.” 

Bakersfield, Ridgecrest, and Maricopa all received an “F” for overall tobacco control.

California City, Delano, McFarland, Shafter, Taft and Wasco each received a “D” grade.

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