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July 2, 2013 > Letter to the Editor: Applebee's and La Pinata honored for tobacco policies

Letter to the Editor: Applebee's and La Pinata honored for tobacco policies

The Fremont City Council issued Proclamations during the Council meeting on June 4th recognizing two local businesses that have taken a stand against tobacco companies' attempts to recruit and retain more smokers. Applebee's of 39139 Farwell Avenue and La Pinata of 39136 Paseo Padre Parkway have both signed voluntary policies with Tri-City Health Center of Fremont pledging not to allow tobacco giveaways or advertising on their premises.

When speaking on behalf of Tri-City Health Center to thank the businesses for taking these steps to protect the health of their customers, I pointed out that members of the African American, American Indian and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities smoke significantly more than the general population in California. Segments of the Asian/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino communities also smoke more than average.

Smoking rates among young adults have been rising in recent years, as have attempts by tobacco companies to give away discount coupons and tobacco-branded items at bars and other businesses and events frequented by young adults. These giveaways glorify smoking cigarettes and make smoking more affordable, and therefore easier to start and harder to quit.

General Manager, Ted Lee, of Applebee's and owner, Sara Guzman, of La Pinata are both deserving of praise and support for standing up to Big Tobacco by signing this voluntary policy, as is The City of Fremont for honoring local businesses that do the right thing for the health of the community.

Brian Davis
Tri-City Health Center

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