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Temecula air quality receives an 'A'

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On average, a person breaths in 20,000 liters of air a day. For those living, working or visiting Temecula, go ahead and breathe 20,001 liters a day!

The American Lung Association recently released two reports, the “State of Tobacco Control 2012” and “California Local Grades,” which graded cities and counties on their air quality. Temecula was only one of 12 cities/counties in California to receive an “A” in air quality. Temecula was also the only city in Riverside County to receive an “A.”

The Overall Tobacco Control Grade included an evaluation of three areas: smoke-free housing, reducing sales of tobacco products and smoke-free outdoor air. The outdoor air included the evaluation of outdoor dining, entryways, public events and recreational areas. In May 2007, the Temecula City Council adopted an ordinance that prohibits smoking in and around multiunit residences, along with prohibiting smoking in public places.

A dismal 355 of 538 cities/counties were given an “F,” while only 12 received an “A.” Those 12 cities/counties are: Albany, Baldwin Park, Calabasas, Compton, Contra Costa County, Glendale, Pasadena, Richmond, Santa Clara County, South Pasadena, Union City and Temecula.

The American Lung Association in California established local tobacco control grades in three categories that it believes reflect where local action is needed and where the greatest public health benefit can be derived.

Even after 30 years of warnings on packages, tobacco continues to impact our health. In 2010, more than 220,000 new cases of lung cancer were reported, and more than 150,000 Americans died as a direct result of the disease.

The control grades are set high because tobacco remains the No. 1 preventable cause of death in California, and because experience shows that local action has been the cornerstone of the tobacco control movement and public health improvement. The three tobacco control policy grades that are assigned to each city and county in California are: smoke-free outdoor air, smoke-free housing and reducing sales of tobacco products.

The city of Temecula continues to strive toward excellence and provide its citizens the highest quality of life. Temecula, branded as Southern California Wine Country, has award-winning schools, higher educational opportunities, a vast array of parks and trails, diverse shopping and dining options, beautiful residential communities and clean air.

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