Cigarette and marijuana smoking rates on different tracks

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From the Glendale News-Press:

GLENDALE — Cocaine and marijuana use in Glendale is significantly higher than the county average, according to a preliminary report Thursday to a cross section of nonprofit, health and school district officials.

The so-called Quality of Life Indicators Report, which measures everything from water quality to infant mortality rates, culled data from a number of sources, including Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the U.S. Census Bureau and the city’s own statistics, among others. The first report was released in 2002 after seven years of development.

A brief preview to members of the Glendale Healthier Community Coalition Thursday noted that adult smoking rates in Glendale adults had decreased since 1997, although it was not immediately known what impact the city’s recent citywide smoking restrictions had on those figures.

At the same time, obesity rates among residents have increased, and the report cites statistics that show marijuana and cocaine use in Glendale is more rampant than in nearby Pasadena or Los Angeles County as a whole.

City officials declined to reveal hard figures or statistics for other indicators until the City Council had a chance to review the report.

Developing story here.

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Written by Melanie Hicken

October 22, 2009 at 11:19 am

Posted in health

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