Long Beach earned a "C" grade from the American Lung Association in the advocacy group's annual report tracking progress on tobacco control policies.

The State of Tobacco Control 2013, released Wednesday, assigns grades based on whether laws are adequately protecting citizens from tobacco.

Long Beach earned points for banning smoking in recreation areas and reducing sales of tobacco products, but earned low marks for ensuring smoke-free housing.

Other local cities earned the following grades: Bellflower, F; Cerritos, C; Downey, F; Hawaiian Gardens, D; Lakewood, F; Paramount, F; Signal Hill, F.

Once a leader in tobacco-free policies, California as a whole is now lagging, officials with the association say.

The state received an A for smoke-free air policies, a D for its low cigarette tax, an F for failing to adequately fund tobacco prevention and control programs, and an F for poor coverage of smoking cessation and treatment programs.

To view the complete report for California, visit www.lung.org/california.