Learning Objectives: Assess the commonalities and differences of three California communities that have passed outdoor tobacco smoke policies. Describe 3 strategies for the successful passage of outdoor tobacco smoke policies. Describe 2 potential pitfalls with the implementation of the policies.
Abstract: California banned smoking in virtually all indoor worksites through the passage of a state law (AB 13) in 1994. Policies prohibiting outdoor tobacco smoke are now gaining momentum at the local level. This panel will discuss how three vastly different California communities were able to pass outdoor smoke-free policies, including outdoor parks and doorway entrances. Santa Barbara County, a coastal community two hours north of Los Angeles, was able to pass a policy prohibiting smoking within 20 feet of any public or private worksite in its unincorporated areas. Mammoth Lakes, a rural mountain community, recently passed its first legislated tobacco control policy of 100% tobacco-free parks. Grand Terrace, a suburban community in San Bernardino County, was able to get the city council to adopt a resolution making city parks tobacco-free with the enthusiastic support of a 12-year-old. The panel will discuss successes and the challenges they faced while attempting to enact and implement these local policies. Some of the factors which led to the success of these laws included building community collaboration, gaining support from critical key opinion leaders, local health departments and local coalitions; collecting local data; activist strategies such as petition signature drives from local residents, collecting cigarette butts, involving community youth; and working with the media. These strategies can serve as a guide to implement outdoor smoke-free policies both in California and nationally.
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