LA earns an 'A' for smoke-free environment

A Los Altos law adopted last year strengthening outdoor smoking restrictions has impressed officials at the American Lung Association in California. Its annual “State of Tobacco Control” report, released Jan. 30, touted the city’s “A” grade for smoke-free outdoor air, up from a “D” in 2017.

The association’s report, which assigns grades to cities and counties on tobacco control policies, cited Los Altos and Saratoga as making “impressive improvements,” according to spokeswoman Alyssa Stratton.

The city passed an ordinance in 2018 that prohibits smoking within 25 feet of all publicly accessible buildings as well as unenclosed areas such as parks, service areas, outdoor dining areas, entryways and exits, and at public events. Smoking also is banned downtown, except for areas in the public parking plazas, provided those areas are 25 feet or more from any building entry or window.

The ordinance covers all types of smoking products, including tobacco, e-cigarettes, vaporizers and cannabis.

For more information on the association’s report, visit

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