Shasta County, Calif.- The American Lung Association in California released its annual "State of Tobacco Control" report which assigns grades to all 482 cities and 58 counties in California on key tobacco control policies.
The grading criteria is based on four categories which include exposure to outdoor and indoor second-hand smoke, policies to reduce tobacco sales, and overall tobacco control grade.
Cities like Anderson and Redding received a "D" for overall tobacco control grade, compared to the City of Shasta Lake which received an "F."
Cities in Tehama County got an "F" on all categories. The same applied to Trinity County which scored low points across all categories.
In Butte County, Chico and Paradise acquired three and four points, respectively. The City of Oroville got a grade "C" averaging six points.
The American Lung Association says tobacco is the number one preventable cause of death in California. Grading cities and counties across the state helps target where local action is needed the most to help reduce tobacco-use.
The American Lung Association reports that nearly 480,000 people die each year from tobacco use.