Good news: California's Prop 56 wins!

Have you heard about California's Prop 56 which would raise the tobacco tax by $2.00? The initiative is on the November 2016 ballot, and the tobacco industry is already running deceptive opposition ads.

Learn more about Prop 56 here.

For perspective, California last raised its tobacco tax in 1998. The current tax on a pack of cigarettes is only 87 cents, the 37th lowest tax in the nation. All of California's neighboring states have a higher tax (AZ = $2.00, NV = $1.80, OR = $1.32). The proposed $2.00 tax might sound steep, but it would still be a lower tax than 8 other states.

As of October 2016, Big Tobacco has thus far spent $66 million to run its No campaign.

The industry began it's opposition in the summer: "On July 12, 2016, Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds finally appeared when they coughed up $17 million to create 'No on 56 - Stop the Special Interest Tax Grab… ' And on August 5, they put in another $19 million, bringing their total so far to fight Proposition 56 to $36 million."

One tobacco industry ad claims that Prop 56 "cheats schools out of at least $600 million a year." That is a lie. In fact, Prop 56 will generate $20 million for school-based tobacco prevention programs. Read more about this allegation.




California's new tobacco control laws are now in effect

In 2016, California achieved the tremendous accomplishment of strengthening its smokefree air law by closing many workplace loopholes. The new law went into effect on June 9, and requires non-hospitality workplaces to be 100% smokefree. Smoking will no longer be permitted in businesses with five or fewer employees, employee break rooms, warehouses, hotel lobbies, and owner-operated businesses. Learn more about the new smokefree law.

California's landmark statewide smokefree law, AB 13, for 100% smokefree restaurants and bars was adopted in 1994. It went into effect in January 1995 for public places, most workplaces, and restaurants without bar areas, and then in January 1998 it went into effect for all restaurants and bars. However, the exemptions that allowed smoking in some non-hospitality workplaces meant that employees were breathing smoke on the job for 22 years longer than most California workers.

California communities have long led the way in adopting strong and innovative smokefree air and tobacco control laws. There are 116 municipalities that enacted local laws that do not contain the same loopholes as the state law and qualify as 100% smokefree for non-hospitality workplaces. Likewise, numerous municipalities have adopted laws that expand smokefree protections to outdoor public places, including patio dining areas, parks, and beaches, shopping districts, and service lines; and two dozen California municipalities now require all multi-unit housing to be 100% smokefree.

Learn more about smokefree multi-unit housing, and how you help increase the availability of smokefree housing in your area.


From Policy to Implementation: Voter Perceptions of New Smokefree Housing Policies
American Lung Association in California - The Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing

Cities across California have been passing laws to protect tenants in their communities from the harmful effects of drifting secondhand smoke in multi-unit housing. Until now, there has been little information regarding the implementation and effectiveness of these laws in California. ...

Did you know?

The 2005 California Tobacco Survey found that 14% of the California workforce reported being exposed to secondhand smoke on the job. This includes:

  • 29.7% with a household income of $10,001 to $20,000
  • 44% with a household income of $20,001 to $30,000
  • 24.3% of 18 to 24 year olds
  • 23.3% of Latinos

ANR has additional information on California economic impact and public opinion data.

Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in California.

2017 State Legislative Session

State Quitline:

State Quitline Numbers:
1-800-NO-BUTTS (662-8887)
1-800-NO-FUME (456-6386) (Spanish)
1-800-778-8440 (Vietnamese)
1-800-838-8917 (Mandarin & Cantonese)
1-800-556-5564 (Korean)
1-800-844-CHEW (844-2439) (Chewing Tobacco)

American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

Smokefree & Related News

Tobacco companies mislead voters in radio ad
Sacramento Bee - August 23, 2016

If you listen to the radio, you've probably heard a new ad from cigarette companies Phillip Morris and R.J. Reynolds that makes strong claims about a November ballot measure to increase tobacco taxes by $2. … Proposition 56 increases the state excise tax by $2 per pack of 20 cigarettes, with equivalent $2 raises on e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. The measure ...

Prop. 56 opposition buys 'Yes' web domain, redirects to 'No' [VIDEO]
KCRA Sacramento - August 23, 2016

People opposed to Prop. 56, a ballot initiative that would increase the cigarette tax to $2 per pack, bought the web domain, which redirects users to the "No" website. …

Group accuses Prop. 56 opposition of cyberfraud [VIDEO]
KCRA Sacramento - August 22, 2016

Supporters of Prop. 56, the November ballot measure that would hike the price of cigarettes by $2 a pack, are accusing their opponents of breaking the law and intentionally confusing voters. "This a blatant violation of California election law," said Andy Stroud, an attorney representing the "Yes on 56" campaign. …

Why some business groups are supporting a $2-per-pack tax hike ...
Sacramento Business Journal - August 22, 2016

Proposition 56 would also raise the tax on electronic cigarettes. Similar measures to raise taxes on cigarettes failed in 2006 and 2012. Allen Young covers state ...

GLANTZ: Big Tobacco aims its guns to kill California tobacco tax
San Francisco Chronicle August 21, 2016

Public health and medical advocates have been working for nearly two years to increase Californias tobacco tax, one of the nations lowest, by US$2.00. The current tax, a mere 87 cents a pack, ranks close to tobacco-growing states like Kentucky. On July 12, 2016, Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds finally appeared when they coughed up $17 million to create No on 56 - Stop the Special Interest Tax Grab. Major Funding by Philip Morris USA Inc. and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, with a Coalition of Taxpayers, Educators, Healthcare Professionals, Law Enforcement, Labor, and Small Businesses." And on August 5, they put in another $19 million, bringing their total so far to fight Proposition 56 to $36 million.

Why this time will be different for marijuana legalization
Los Angeles Times - August 20, 2016

Californians first threatened to legalize recreational marijuana by ballot initiative in 1972. ... When medical marijuana was legalized here by ballot initiative in 1996, ... like Los Angeles to continue to limit or ban dispensaries, recreational or not.

California voters will most likely legalize recreational marijuana this November
Los Angeles Times - August 19, 2016

No disrespect to Colorado or Washington or Alaska, but Californias pot business would totally dwarf those already legal markets. Colorado, for instance, collected more than $135 million in pot-related revenues last year. California could collect up to $1 billion annually within a few years of legalization.

Assembly Approves Bill Targeting Second-Hand Smoke Near Youth Sporting Events
California Healthline - August 19, 2016

Cigarette smoking would be banned within 250 feet of all youth sports events in California under legislation approved Thursday by the state Assembly. Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), who is a pediatrician, cited the health risk of secondhand smoke to young people when he introduced the bill. It was proposed by an eighth-grade class at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Elementary School in Elk Grove.

Marijuana Legalization: California Likely To Approve Recreational Weed in November
The Inquisitr - August 19, 2016

Marijuana legalization for recreational use is coming to California if voters approve it later this year. Whichever way the vote goes, it is likely to affect other state laws on cannabis.

High expectations for Sonoma County pot industry
Petaluma Argus Courier - August 19, 2016

Like an ocean liner emerging from the fog, Sonoma Countys marijuana industry is being recognized as a potentially lucrative economic force with immense promise.

Smoking near youth sports events is closer to being banned in California
Los Angeles Times - August 18, 2016

Cigarette smoking would be banned within 250 feet of all youth sports events in California under legislation approved Thursday by the state Assembly. The ban, which includes the use of electronic cigarettes, would go into effect next year. The bill is the latest in a series of proposals to curb smoking.

Prop 56 will increase cigarette tax and include electronic brands
Idyllwild Town Cier - August 18, 2016

Proposition 56 (The California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016) proposes to amend the state constitution to increase current state excise tax on cigarette sales by $2 a pack with equivalent increases on other tobacco products. And, for the first time, electronic cigarette products containing nicotine would be classified as other tobacco products and subject to state excise tax.

Cigarette tax hike initiative a bridge too far
OCRegister - August 18, 2016

It seems there is a never-ending war on "sin" and a desire by some to try and tax it away. … It would also levy a new tax on "vaping," a demonstrably safer alternative to smoking tobacco, thereby discouraging a legitimate harm-reduction strategy. …

No smoking rules set for underpass walkway
Coast News - August 18, 2016

10 the introduction of a no-smoking zone within 25-feet of the Pier View Way ... A similar smoking ban was unanimously approved in May 2015 for the outdoor ...

SF pot dispensary vibe: The country club of cannabis clubs
San Francisco Chronicle - August 17, 2016

The city's Medical Cannabis Act of 2005 technically allows for smoking at all ... clubs, and another that would allow most any business, including bars, to create .

Sycuan Casino Donates $50000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of San ...
The East County Californian - August 17, 2016

Sycuan Casino presented a $50,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of San ... fully enclosed non-smoking room - complete with its own separate entrance ...

Community college grant initiative now open for California campuses
Truth Initiative (American Legacy Foundation) - August 16, 2016

truth Initiative is opening a final round of its 2016-17 Community College Grant Initiative specifically for the state of California - which has sought ways to get tobacco off its state university and community college campuses.

Santa Maria residents pushing for smoke-free parks [VIDEO]
KSBY San Luis Obispo News - August 11, 2016

Some residents in the city of Santa Maria are working to ban smoking in local parks and open spaces. The state of California recently redefined "smoke-free" to include a ban on tobacco products, as well as electronic, vaporized tobacco and marijuana. The same language would be included in a Santa Maria city ordinance if passed in September.

Shasta College aims to go tobacco- and smoke-free by early next year
Redding Record Searchlight - August 11, 2016

Students who smoke at Shasta College will have to light up elsewhere once the campus decides to go tobacco- and smoke-free by spring 2017.

Pasadena Area Assemblymember Holden's 2016 Bills Clear Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday
Pasadena Now - August 11, 2016

Assembly Bill 1696 requires tobacco cessation medications, counseling, and ... The regulations can include conditional use or outright prohibitions when ...

Proposition 54 is a special interest ploy
Sacramento Bee - August 11, 2016

It would be difficult to dream up headline that could drip with more irony than Prop. 54 will lessen power of special interests (Viewpoints, Aug. 9) for a column penned by two groups whose existence depends on lobbying the Legislature. Proposition 54 gives special interests more power, not less. If you have any doubt, take a look at one of the measures top advocates: the California Chamber of Commerce. This group and its members that include big tobacco, oil and drug companies spent a record-shattering $100 million trying to influence legislators in 2015.

New Workplace Smoking Prohibitions Include E-Cigarettes
JD Supra (press release) - August 11, 2016

So you think vaping is the key to reducing workplace stress? Think again. Senate Bill 5 expands no smoking prohibitions to include e-cigarettes (vaping) and expands the definition of tobacco products to include all forms of tobacco or nicotine, except for approved cessation products, such as nicotine gum. Assembly Bill 7 expands the prohibition on smoking in the workplace to include owner-operated business, including a business where the owner is the only employee.

Yes on 64 sues "No" campaign over false claims
The Leaf Online - August 11, 2016

Why does Proposition 64 exempt marijuana from the ban on smoking ... Smoking Act of 1969, a federal law, bans tobacco smoking advertisements on television.

The money is starting to roll in on California's 17 ballot propositions ...
Los Angeles Times - August 10, 2016

… The measure would raise taxes on cigarettes by $2 a pack, as well as raise taxes on e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. In 2012, tobacco companies spent ...

PolitiFact: Feinsteins Claim About Marijuana Ads On Prime Time TV Goes Up In Smoke
KPBS - August 8, 2016

Californians will decide in November whether to legalize recreational marijuana through Proposition 64, a much-debated measure on the states ballot. U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, who opposes Proposition 64, said a green light for the initiative could strip away advertising rules and dramatically change whats seen on TV. We know Proposition 64 would allow Californians to legally smoke pot in their homes, yards and possibly in designated shops where its sold and regulated. But would it also lead to marijuana ads on "prime time" TV? Or is Feinstein blowing smoke? We decided to fact-check the senators statement.

Marijuana Legalization Proponents Sue Sen. Dianne Feinstein Over Proposition 64
East Bay Express - August 8, 2016

The proponents of California legalization initiative Proposition 64 announced Thursday a lawsuit against their opposition for making false and misleading statements to the public.

Mayor supporting pot tax stadium tax next?
The San Diego Union-Tribune - August 7, 2016

Faulconer's pot tax position makes me wonder whether he's warmed up to the ... This past week, the local chapter of the Sierra Club came out against it, ...

Cities that ban cigarettes shouldn't be selling them: Letters
The Daily Breeze - August 6, 2016

I consider it to be hypocritical for these beach cities that are now banning smoking to allow merchants in their cities to continue selling cigarettes. So I guess the tax revenue they get is more important. If I could control the distribution of cigarettes, I would not allow them in the cities that do not at least provide fair smoking areas.

VIDEO: California lawmakers called out for taking tobacco money
Sacramento Bee August 5, 2016

What do Gov. Jerry Brown, Assemblyman Adam Gray and state Sen. Isadore Hall have in common? Theyre Democrats among a slew of California lawmakers who have accepted money from tobacco companies in the last two years. Campaign records show tobacco industry donors have given at least $1.6 million to state political campaign committees since the beginning of 2015. Now the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is calling out elected officials and candidates who have received industry support since July 1, 2014.

Healthy Air Hermosa gives positive moniker to smoking ban in Hermosa Beach
Beach Reporter - August 3, 2016

Smoking tobacco and electronic cigarettes-or marijuana, for that matter-in any Hermosa Beach public area will soon be outlawed as city leaders mount a more aggressive campaign to try to snuff out the practice. The City Council voted 5-0 on Aug. 26 to expand a ban on smoking downtown, at beaches and public gatherings to include the entire city. Sidewalks, streets, plazas, bus shelters, public parking lots, parks, hiking and bike trails, skate parks, playgrounds, sports fields, farmers markets, festivals and other public areas will be off-limits to smokers when the law goes into effect at the end of August. …

Wilton Rancheria tribal chair, citizens respond to anti-casino activists
Elk Grove Citizen - July 29, 2016

Wilton Rancheria tribal chair, citizens respond to anti-casino activists ... on the city, and nonsmokers being impacted by secondhand smoke in the gaming area.

Want to smoke in Hermosa Beach? Starting next month, good luck
The Daily Breeze - July 28, 2016

Smoking tobacco and electronic cigarettes - or marijuana, for that matter - in any Hermosa Beach public area will soon be outlawed as city leaders mount a more aggressive campaign to try to snuff out the practice. The City Council voted 5-0 on Tuesday night to expand a ban on smoking downtown, at beaches and public gatherings to include the entire city. Sidewalks, streets, plazas, bus shelters, public parking lots, parks, hiking and bike trails, skate parks, playgrounds, sports fields, farmers markets, festivals and other public areas will be off-limits to smokers when the law goes into effect at the end of August. …

State View: Tobacco ban good for Michigan St. campus
The Daily Telegram - July 26, 2016

State View: Tobacco ban good for Michigan St. campus ... August 15, following a trend of bans already in place at 1,500 college campuses across the nation. ... Just like the ban on smoking near buildings, there will be no 'tobacco police' being …

No butts about it: smoking on the ballot
Sonoma (CA) Index Tribune - July 26, 2016

The City Sonoma could become an almost non-smoking city if voters approve a measure on the November ballot. And Sonoma voters will also be asked to renew the half-cent sales tax that was originally passed in 2012. The Sonoma City Council on Monday …

Campus prepares to become tobacco free
Missouri S&T News and Review - July 25, 2016

Over 71 percent of Missouri S&T students believe that S&T should have smoke-free outdoor areas. The new policy prohibits the use of any tobacco-derived or ...

Teen smoking prevention progresses in Kansas City metro
West Plains Daily Quill - July 25, 2016

The campaign's ordinances also give cities the authority to regulate e-cigarettes, which were essentially unregulated by the federal government until recently.

UCLA SAFE Program to Help Low Income Residents Avoid Second Hand Smoke
Los Angeles Sentinel - July 21, 2016

UCLA SAFE (Smoke Free Air For Everyone) launched a three year program aimed at increasing access to smoke free apartments in low-income neighborhoods in the city of Los Angeles. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the program is …

NCTD changes no smoking rules after suit
San Diego (CA) Union-Tribune - July 22, 2016

The North County Transit District board of directors voted Thursday to tweak the agency's no-smoking rules after being sued by an Oceanside resident who said enforcement was too lax. The agency had two ordinances dealing with smoking - one that prohibited…

Tobacco companies give $17M to defeat CA cigarette tax
KCRA Sacramento - July 18, 2016

... defeat a proposed $2 tax on each pack of cigarettes. Altria spokeswoman Beth Miller says the donations reported Friday will go toward advertising, polling and ...

Zoning ordinance sparks community gardens passion
Merced County Times - July 18, 2016

Three were concerned about tobacco free zones surrounding schools. The rest were concerned about the future of community gardens in Merced, and proposed ...

San Marcos to license tobacco, vape retailers
The San Diego Union-Tribune - July 13, 2016

Stores that sell tobacco or electronic cigarettes in San Marcos must now get a special license from the city - a move aimed at keeping the products away from people too young to buy them. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to require any shop that sells tobacco or vaping products to get a city-issued "tobacco retail license." Vaping devices - which deliver nicotine and come in an array of flavors - don't use tobacco, but the San Marcos law still applies to them. … California already requires tobacco vendors to obtain a special retail license, and more than 100 cities - including San Diego, Solana Beach, El Cajon and Vista - have supplemented that with their own ordinances. California also recently expanded its tobacco rules to include electronic cigarettes….

With Hermosa Beach smoking ban, the devil is in the details
Beach Reporter - July 13, 2016

The Hermosa Beach City Council was expected to pass a smoking ban ... schedule a discussion about banning smoking in hotels and multi-family housing units.

Saratoga: Council votes for stricter smoking regulations
The Mercury News - July 13, 2016

The council voted on July 6 in favor of an amended ordinance to bring smoking regulations in line with state regulations. The updated ordinance prohibits ...

Scorched lungs, scorched earth; tobacco threatens health, democracy: guest commentary
LA Daily News - March 22, 2016

California has long been a national leader in combating tobacco use. But being out front has never been easy. … Now a bill to raise the age to 21 statewide is headed for Gov. Jerry Brown's desk, along with five other anti-smoking bills that could save thousands of lives. So it's no surprise that the industry is now threatening a "scorched earth" campaign against democracy in our state. This came to light on March 11 when an email from an Altria lobbyist surfaced. It threatened advocates and lawmakers that the industry was "going to go scorched earth and we'll burn everything down." It went on to state the industry would use it's vast financial resources to make sure every initiative signature gatherer in the state would work only for Big Tobacco, killing efforts to fund health care and education. It concluded, "you can't say you were not warned." Does this sound like an industry you want to trust with your children's health - or with our democracy? Let's be clear about what the tobacco industry is trying to prevent - laws that will save people's lives. The Legislature closed loopholes in the smoke-free workplace law, added e-cigarettes to the smoke-free law, required all schools to be tobacco-free, and adopted other measures to help California will reduce youth tobacco use. …

Approved Anti-Smoking Bills Not Advanced To Governor
KPNS - March 21, 2016

The California legislature approved an aggressive package of anti-tobacco bills more than a week ago, but it still hasn't sent the measures to the governor. The package includes a measure that would raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. Hawaii is the only state that has such a law. Another bill would subject electronic cigarettes to the same restrictions as regular cigarettes. The tobacco industry has threatened to put a referendum on the ballot to nullify the laws. But it can't start the process until the governor signs the bills. Some speculate that Democratic leaders are holding on to them until the last possible minute. Once they send them to the governor, he'll have 12 days to take action. …

Smoking Vs. Vaping: Exchanging One Bad Habit For Another?
California Healthline - March 21, 2016

... and stuck with it, although he knew of the health dangers. Today, the 51-year-old said he's off cigarettes and credits electronic cigarettes for making it possible.

Opinion: Consumers and businesses should set vaping rules
The Daily Tar Heel - March 20, 2016

Soon, Orange County bar and restaurant patrons might no longer be using electronic vaporizers indoors - not because of personal choice or the house rules of bar owners, but because a board of unelected bureaucrats has decided it knows best about which products should be allowed in businesses. The Orange County Health Department might be well-intentioned in its efforts to discourage the use of nicotine products, but a ban on electronic cigarettes in private establishments curtails both freedom of choice and property rights, and might actually induce nicotine users to use more unhealthy traditional cigarettes instead of less-harmful e-cigs. …

E-cigarettes appear much less risky than smoking, scientists say
San Diego Sun Times - March 19, 2016

Today, the 51-year-old said he's off cigarettes and credits electronic cigarettes for making it possible. Instead of inhaling cigarette smoke, he inhales - or …

Smoke free or not smoke free?
Alameda Sun - March 17, 2016

I'm writing in hopes that you could help me publicize the problem my family and I are facing in what claims to be a smoke-free community here in Alameda.

Will Sonoma be part of the New Potconomy?
Sonoma Valley Sun - March 18, 2016

There is no medical marijuana dispensary in the City of Sonoma, but there's ... of marijuana in an otherwise very liberal community with lots of pot smoking citizens. ... potential sales volume of a wine-tasting room is related to "wine club" activity. ... well-differentiated enough from what he termed "wine bars" and ...

California smoking bills in holding pattern, stalling lobbyist threat
Sacramento (CA) Bee - March 17, 2016

Politically potent tobacco bills have not advanced to Gov. Jerry Brown a week after California legislators passed them, for now delaying the tobacco industry's strategy to exact revenge with a referendum campaign. As lawmakers rounded up votes for ...

California initiative avalanche makes signatures more valuable
Sacramento (CA) Bee - March 17, 2016

Trench warfare around the petition process seldom flares openly in campaigns. But it was on display last week when proponents of the cigarette tax alleged that tobacco industry lobbyists threatened to sink the tobacco tax and the income tax extension on...

Smoking age, e-cigarette measures will save lives
Sacramento Bee - March 17, 2016

... Big Tobacco promoted cigarette filters in ads featuring doctors. When filters proved useless, companies rolled out menthol and "low tar" cigarettes. In fact, each ...

NORCO: E-cigarettes banned at parks
Press-Enterprise - March 16, 2016

Cigarette smoking was banned from Norco parks in 2010. On Wednesday, March 16, city officials added e-cigarettes to the list. The 2010 law prohibited smoking ...

County holds final public meeting on medical pot
The Salinas Californian - March 17, 2016

The ordinance would allow for the sales and cultivation of medical marijuana in ... "If you eliminate the smoking for tobacco you should eliminate the smoking for ...

Reports from Inyo Supervisors, Bishop City Council
Sierra Wave - March 16, 2016

The Bishop City Council went through the first reading of a vaping ordinance, approved raising rents at the City-owned Sunrise Mobile Home Park and got a ...

Ragged Piont Inn cited in tobacco sting
The San Luis Obispo Tribune - March 16, 2016

The legislation also expands smoke-free areas, increases smoking bans and allows counties to levy higher taxes on cigarettes than the 87-cent per pack state ...

Anti-smoking bills treat everyone as kids
OCRegister - March 16, 2016

Absurdly, it would redefine "tobacco product" to include tobacco-less nicotine vapor devices, commonly called "vapes" or "e-cigs." It would put the increasingly ...

The Times disgracefully goes to bat for Big Tobacco
Los Angeles Times - March 15, 2016

To the editor: I am the author of a measure that protects the public against exposure to electronic cigarettes and requires these devices, and their associated ...

Editorial: Proposed law to raise smoking age ineffective, unnecessary
The Daily Bruin (UCLA) - March 15, 2016

The increase in smoking age comes at the expense of individuals' freedom, but does not provide enough hope for improvement in public health to justify the cost. As such, Brown should veto the bills.

SCC campus to be smoke- and tobacco-free this fall
Sac City Express - March 14, 2016

"So we're actually a training ground for other places around the city and the state that are smoke-free. We look at it from an educational standpoint, as well and ...

SKELTON: Tobacco tragedy prompts support of anti-smoking legislation
Los Angeles Times - March 14, 2016

tobacco lobby ... threatened to drive up the price of qualifying initiatives for the ballot. How? Sponsoring a ballot measure to repeal the anti-smoking bills and paying collectors an astronomical $10 per signature... "You can't say you were not warned,"

ESPIRITU: CSUF should look for a better method to handle its smokers situation
Daily Titan (Cal State Fullerton) - March 14, 2016

...the new popular smoking section has become the shady trees at the Humanities building facade. In the interest of everyone's health, CSUF is in desperate need of a smoking section. Forty million people in the United States are addicted to smoking, accordi...

Will New State Law Kill California's Vape Industry?
OC Weekly - March 14, 2016

But the language in the bill, SBX2-5, extends beyond cigarettes, rolled up cigars, hookah and chewing tobacco to include all electronic cigarettes and vape ...

The Panther hosts student government debate
The Panther - March 13, 2016

The questions touched on topics including community and neighborhood relations, the new smoke-free policy, transparency between student government and ...

Orange County health advocates cheer as California lawmakers say ...
MicroCap Magazine - March 13, 2016

California lawmakers saying yes to raising smoking age to 21 made Orange ... meaning they would be banned from bars, workplace break rooms and hotel...

Long Beach Health Officials Show Support for Bill Seeking to Raising Smoking Age to 21
Long Beach Post - March 12, 2016

"This is California's chance to make history by drastically reducing Big Tobacco's ability to target and poison our youth," Hernandez said in the release. "We will no longer stand idly by while they continue to get generation after generation addicted. ...

Gov. Brown should sign tobacco bills
Fresno Bee- March 12, 2016

E-cigarettes should be considered tobacco products and should be subject to all laws that apply to other tobacco products, including smoke-free air laws.

Local Support For Increasing The Age For Smoking - March 12, 2016

The other California anti-smoking measures that passed aim to restrict electronic cigarettes in the same way as tobacco products. The increasingly popular ...

Local reaction: Higher California smoking age won't help
Visalia Times-Delta - March 11, 2016

California is one step closer to raising the smoking age from 18 to 21 after state senators approved a number of measures Thursday. One of several bills would classify e-cigarettes, or vaping devices, as tobacco products subject to the same restrictions, according to reports. For 18-year-old Jonathan Saephan that would mean his vaping habits may change. Saephan uses a vape e- cigarette, a device that produces vapor rather than smoke, and can carry a small amount of nicotine.

California Gov. Jerry Brown may approve bill to raise smoking age to 21 [VIDEO]
KGO-TV - March 11, 2016

Another measure that would affect smokers is awaiting the governor's signature. This one treats e-cigarettes the same as regular tobacco and is sponsored by state Senator Mark Leno (D- San Francisco). "This is about protecting our youth and the costs of public health," he said.

OC health advocates cheer as California lawmakers say yes to ...
OCRegister - March 10, 2016

It also aimed to stem the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, classifying them as ... polled had smoked cigarettes, while 20 percent reported vaping e-cigarettes.

California Senate votes to raise minimum age to buy tobacco
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - March 10, 2016

The state Senate on Thursday voted to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco to 21, in a move intended to keep millions of young people from getting hooked on what lawmakers describe as a deadly habit that consumes billions of dollars in healthcare costs. The Senate voted 26-10 to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco, as well as approving a separate bill on a 26-11 vote to clearly define e-cigarettes as a tobacco product. The Senate votes follow similar approvals last week by the Assembly. The bills now go to Gov. Jerry Brown, who will have 12 days to decide whether to sign them into law.

Smoking, vaping age will rise to 21
Albany Times Union - March 10, 2016

California lawmakers voted Thursday to raise the legal age for purchasing and using tobacco and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21, putting the nation's most populous state on the brink of becoming only the second after Hawaii to bar teenagers from lighting up, dipping or vaping. Before it can become law, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown must sign the legislation, which has already passed the state Assembly. His spokesman said the governor generally does not comment on pending legislation.

Smoking on Campus: Students share their opinion on smoking
Talon Marks (subscription) - March 10, 2016

Smoking has been the subject of much debate for decades, however with a turn of a new age of information along with a craze for marijuana that is sweeping the youth of Southern California, comes along a new set of ideals. Along with vaping and tobacco, marijuana has become the third option for those trying to find a smoke after a long, hard day of learning and studying. Which begs the question; why is it still so shunned upon by campuses across SoCal? In a survey conducted at Cerritos College, 25 people were asked questions on smoking.

Lawmakers Vote to Make California Second State in US to Raise ...
NBC Southern California - March 10, 2016

Lawmakers Vote to Make California Second State in US to Raise Smoking Age ... Smoking bans would apply at more schools, including charter schools, and ...

SF Raises Tobacco Purchase Age to 21
San Francisco Foghorn - March 10, 2016

So for many smokers under the age of 21 who have considered ending their ... cannot seem to break their addictions before this new ordinance goes into effect?

Essential Politics: The most important night for anti-Trump foes
Los Angeles Times - March 10, 2016

We reported on these bills last week as they made their way through the Assembly, efforts that include raising California's smoking age to 21. One of the bills, regulating electronic cigarettes, was the subject of some last-minute lobbying on Wednesday. Patrick McGreevy reports that industry officials met privately with the governor's staff to urge that Brown veto the bill if it makes it to his desk. …

Regulate e-smokes
Chico News & Review - March 10, 2016

Due to its cancer-causing agents, smoking tobacco has long been regulated by the federal government. These days, however, modern smoking devices, including so-called e-cigarettes, have gotten a pass when it comes to similar regulation out of Washington. Here's how the public weighed in, when asked how e-cigs should be regulated: …

E-cigarette industry leaders meet with Brown administration to oppose new regulations
Los Angeles Times - March 9, 2016

On the eve of a possible final vote to regulate electronic cigarettes, leaders of the vaping industry met privately Wednesday with an aide to Gov. Jerry Brown to lobby for a veto if the measure reaches his desk. … "Vapor products are not tobacco products because they clearly do not contain tobacco," said Cynthia Cabrera, president of the association, in the letter to Brown. "It is scientifically impossible to create an equivalent between the risk posed by combusted tobacco and that posed by vapor products because the chemical makeup of the products is entirely different. " …

E-cig editorial misses the mark
Fresno Bee - March 9, 2016

The Bee's lauding of Senate Bill 5 - a proposed bill which would treat vaporizers and e-cigarettes as tobacco products, despite the profound fundamental ...

San Rafael to consider tighter smoking laws
Marin Independent Journal - March 9, 2016

… Smoking is already prohibited in public places. Now, city officials want to snuff out an exception that allows individuals to smoke while passing through the downtown corridor. They also want to outlaw electronic cigarette smoking in public spaces. The City Council is expected to consider the recommendations later this month. … Resident Sarah Gant said she believes electronic cigarettes are just as detrimental as regular cigarettes. She fears youth will use them to smoke marijuana. …

Electronic devices ruled 'on par' with tobacco
Hanford Sentinel - March 8, 2016

E-cigarettes are thus banned in Selma from all places of employment and ... and the sales of vapor, e-cigarette, tobacco or smoking paraphernalia in the city. ... square feet of its floor space dedicated to the sale or display of such products.

Commentary: You Can Quit, We Can Help
Sac City Express - March 8, 2016

If you're an unabashed, committed smoker who will puff away until the day you die, the upcoming campus-wide smoking ban in fall will undoubtedly ...

'Vaping Jezus' slams California plan to equate e-cigarettes, tobacco [VIDEO]
Sacramento Bee - March 8, 2016

Sweeping tobacco control bills raising California's smoking age to 21 and treating electronic cigarettes like tobacco products are expected to clear the state ...

Column: Raising the smoking age to 21 a poor decision
UConn Daily Campus - March 8, 2016

The end of last week brought about an interesting passage of legislation in California. On March 3, 2016, the California State Senate passed a bill that would ban the use and purchase of tobacco supplies to those under the age of 21 and would prohibit the use of "e-cigs" in areas where smoking is also banned. …

Editorial: Legislature stamping out teen tobacco sales
Sonoma Index - March 7, 2016

Last October, Healdsburg backed off the ordinance under threat of a lawsuit by the ... with the quandary that local ordinances can't supersede established state law. ... Though now, it seems, when it comes to discouraging teen smoking, that ..

Lawmakers show surprising courage against Big Tobacco
Los Angeles Times - March 7, 2016

The Legislature showed some guts last week in standing up to the tobacco lobby and its political money. It could have shown more, however, by mustering the courage to raise taxes on cigarettes, cigars and chewing crud. California's tobacco tax is among the lowest in the nation and hasn't been hiked since 1998 and then only by the voters, not the weak-kneed legislators. The national average state cigarette tax is $1.61 per pack. California's is about half that, 87 cents. We rank 35th. New York is first at $4.35. But give our lawmakers credit: They did the next best thing, even if it was a punt to local government. They passed a bill allowing counties to seek voter approval of a local tobacco tax. The second big bill that passed makes total sense and is overdue. The measure, by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), would regulate electronic cigarettes like tobacco. Their use would be prohibited everywhere cigarettes are banned: in restaurants, theaters and other public places.

The many dangers of e-cigs and vaping
Fresno Bee - March 6, 2016

While I am pleased to hear that California is finally addressing e-cigarette regulation, I find it incomprehensible that it has taken so long to draft legislation to regulate these obviously dangerous products. How can society allow addictive tobacco products like these to be sold to minors? In addition, there is no oversight on the production of the liquids used in e-cigarettes and vape pens.

Authorities warn of teens using e-cigs, vape pens to smoke marijuana [VIDEO]
KABC-TV - March 6, 2016

Electronic cigarettes are more popular than ever, especially among high school students, but teens are doing more than just vaping nicotine. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said deputies have confiscated more and more of the vaping devices from students because they contain marijuana hidden in flavored liquids.

OHMAN: Blowing smoke is a thing of the past
Sacramento Bee - March 6, 2016

With the Legislature set to raise the smoking age to 21 (fine by me), it reminded me of how far our culture has evolved on smoking. The smoke-filled rooms of the Legislature are gone. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was a cigar guy, and he had a smoking tent outside his office. Hasta la vista to smoking now, baby. ...

EDITORIAL: Raise the Legal Age for Cigarette Sales to 21
New York Times March 5, 2016

California could soon raise the legal age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products to 21, from 18. That change could help prevent many young people from becoming addicted and reduce premature deaths from lung cancer and other tobacco-related diseases. California is often at the vanguard of important policy changes. The states move toward raising the legal age to buy cigarettes should inspire other states to take similar steps to protect young people. ...

Manhattan Beach recognized for smoking laws
Easy Reader - March 4, 2016

The American Lung Association gave Manhattan Beach one of seventeen A grades in California in a report that was released last month. The ratings were calculated based on a countys or citys laws related to smokefree housing, smokefree outdoor air and reducing sales of tobacco products.

The Brain Science Behind Raising the Tobacco Buying Age to 21
Live Science - March 4, 2016

San Francisco's new tobacco ordinance which raises the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 could help improve the health of a new generation of people by preventing addiction, health officials said. These new policies could lead to better brain development among young adults who might have otherwise chosen to smoke at a younger age, said Brian King, the deputy director for research translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office on Smoking and Health.

San Francisco sparks national debate by raising the smoking age to 21
Newstalk 106-108 fm - March 4, 2016

Californian public health advocates are breathing a sigh of relief after the San Franciscos Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to raise the legal smoking age to 21, for both regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes as well.

It's time to regulate e-cigarettes
Los Angeles Times - March 4, 2016

Exploding hoverboards may have gotten all the attention lately, but electronic cigarettes have also been showing a disturbing tendency to spontaneously combust, injuring a growing number of people whose devices have blown up in their faces or pockets. ... Although product liability lawsuits have been filed against the retailers and wholesalers, regulations would help stop injuries before they happen by giving the FDA the authority to require the devices to meet federal safety standards. Already it is soliciting public input on e-cigarette problems to have a head start on developing such standards as soon as the new regulations give them the authority to do so. While researchers haven't yet settled the question of whether vaping is as harmful as smoking, we do know e-cigarette users don't breathe in the same kind of carcinogenic smoke and tar that conventional cigarette smokers do. That's good, but it doesn't make vaping a benign pastime. No matter how you package it, nicotine is an addictive chemical linked to cardiovascular disease.

Bill would make California 2nd state with smoking age of 21
The Desert Sun - March 4, 2016

The smoking age hike was one of six measures aiming to restrict access to tobacco approved Thursday. Others would regulate electronic cigarettes like other ...

The New Prohibitionists
The Weekly Standard (blog) - March 4, 2016

It's now illegal to buy cigarettes in San Francisco unless youre at least 21 years old, thanks to a new ordinance approved unanimously by the city's Board of Supervisors. San Francisco is, of course, legendary as a city open to any number of alternative lifestyle choices and feel-good pharmaceutical activities, among them behaviors that come with no small measure of health risks. The anything-goes vibe has been cultivated for decades and is fiercely defended by the pleasure-seekers who flock to Baghdad-by-the-Bay. It's not the sort of place one expects to find restrictions on adults and their activities. For example, just imagine the outcry if, in the name of protecting the health of the young, the city tried to limit consensual sex to those 21 and older.

Faculty Senate talks Serra renaming, smoking on campus, PPB report
The Stanford Daily - March 4, 2016

Etchemendy also said that no further action would be taken on plans to make Stanford a smoke-free campus. Before the meeting, Etchemendy brought the results of a pair of studies to the Faculty Senate steering committee. It seems like [second-hand smoke] isnt enough of a problem to do anything about, he said. However, the non-smoking range around buildings will be extended from 30 feet to 50 feet.

Calif. Lawmakers Raise Smoking Age to 21
Courthouse News Service - March 3, 2016

California's legal smoking age will rise to 21 after the state Assembly approved two bills Thursday aimed at regulating the tobacco industry. In an effort to stop youth smoking, lawmakers agreed to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 and also passed a sweeping bill that defines and regulates e-cigarettes or vapes as tobacco products. The bills will go back to the state Senate, which previously passed the tobacco proposals, for approval of amendments and then finally to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. "Raising the legal smoking age will help lower the number of young people who use tobacco, and that means healthier Californians and lower costs for taxpayers," Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, said in a statement. "Advocates have said this is the most sweeping tobacco regulation in 50 years. California led the way for the nation with a workplace ban, and the restrictions in bars and restaurants." The proposals also allow individual counties to raise tobacco taxes and impose new workplace vaping laws.

21 to smoke? California Assembly approves raising smoking age
Los Angeles Times - March 3, 2016

Breaking a political logjam, the state Assembly on Thursday approved a package of anti-tobacco bills, including measures that would raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 in California and ban the use of electronic cigarettes in restaurants, theaters and other public places where traditional smoking is prohibited.

Tobacco: California Assembly approves bills raising the smoking ...
San Jose Mercury News - March 3, 2016

SACRAMENTO -- The state Assembly today approved a package of sweeping tobacco control bills that would increase the legal smoking age ...

California Assembly should approve far-reaching e-cigarette bill
Sacramento Bee - March 3, 2016

As she prepares to pass her gavel to her successor, Speaker Toni Atkins has a chance to leave a legacy in the form of serious regulation of electronic cigarettes. Atkins, D-San Diego, will step down on Monday, and Assemblyman Anthony Rendon will take over. But Atkins will preside Thursday, when the Assembly is expected to consider legislation by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, to treat e-cigarettes as if they were tobacco products. Vapers would face the same restrictions as smokers and could not use the devices in bars, restaurants and other workplaces. Vendors would risk their licenses if they sell their wares to minors. With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration seemingly unable to impose meaningful regulations on the popular and almost assuredly addictive form of nicotine ingestion, California should fill the vacuum. …

AM Alert: Major tobacco votes loom
Sacramento Bee - March 3, 2016

Thursday could be a big day for tobacco legislation at the Capitol. Legislators are expected to vote on a package of six bills to strengthen tobacco regulations. The measures regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco, add more state-recognized smoke-free workplaces, raise the smoking age to 21, ban smoking on all school campuses, create annual licensing fees and allow local jurisdictions to establish their own tax. The anticipated vote on the tobacco bills could conclude a special session Gov. Jerry Brown called last year. … Philip Morris, which counts Marlboro and Virginia Slims among its cigarette brands, contributed $200,000 to the California Republican Party and another $325,000 to a political action committee run by the California Chamber of Commerce last year. R.J. Reynolds, the maker of Camel, Winston and others, spent nearly a half of a million dollars to lobby tobacco issues in California in 2015. …

San Francisco joins cities like Cleveland in raising smoking age to 21 - March 3, 2016

Beginning June 1, anyone looking to purchase tobacco products in San Francisco must be at least 21 - not 18, the legal age in the majority of the country. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the measure on Tuesday, according to CNN affiliate KPIX. With this new legislation, San Francisco joins Cleveland, Boston, New York, and more than 100 other U.S. cities in raising the minimum age to buy cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. On January 1, Hawaii became the first U.S. state to raise its smoking age to 21. …

OUR MAILBOX: Money Trouble, Blower Ban, Secondhand Smoke
Gazette Newspapers - March 3, 2016

One of the growing problems is secondhand marijuana smoking and the strong smell of high-potency cannabis. Anyone who catches the Long Beach Transit ...

Smoking, a danger
Experience - March 3, 2016

As part of my work with the Black Caucus for Community Colleges, I helped pass a resolution for 100 percent smoke and tobacco free (including e-cigarettes) ...

Tehama County tobacco use high
Appeal-Democrat - March 2, 2016

So far, the program successes in the county include two smoke-free recreation areas, nine smoke-free multi-unit housing complexes countywide, and 70 ...

San Francisco Raises Age to Buy Tobacco to 21 - March 2, 2016

San Francisco supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to boost the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21, despite arguments from opponents that cities and counties cannot trump California law. San Francisco becomes the second-largest city after New York City to raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. … Thomas Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets, had urged San Francisco to hold off on voting until the state attorney general can issue a decision. …

San Francisco will vote on raising age to buy tobacco to 21
San Jose Mercury News media center - March 2, 2016

Officials in San Francisco were scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to increase the minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21, even as opponents argue that cities and counties cannot trump California law. … The issue has gained traction nationally as lawmakers try to discourage young people from starting to smoke, especially popular e-cigarettes. A report last year ...

News The Snitch Economy, Tech
SF Weekly - March 2, 2016

In 2014, as the popularity of e-cigarettes skyrocketed, San Francisco banned e-cigs at the places where traditional cigarette use is banned. ... San Francisco in 2008 also restricted pharmacies from being able to sell tobacco products, winning a ... term for using chewing tobacco - is prohibited at AT&T Park following a ban ...

Enjoy Smoke-Free Parks in Mariposa County
Sierra Sun Times - March 1, 2016

"Smoking" is now defined to include regular cigarettes, ESDs, also known as e-cigarettes or vaporizers, and a variety of tobacco products, such as cigarillos, ...

San Francisco votes on raising tobacco buying age to 21 - March 1, 2016

The ordinance would apply to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. The issue has gained traction nationally as lawmakers try to discourage young people ...

Nevada City officials gauge business needs by engaging in monthly ...
The Union of Grass Valley - February 29, 2016

Some retailers also wanted the city to increase police presence in order to impose stricter non-smoking regulations. Thursday's walk took officials through a ...

As Vaping Use Grows Among Teens, Public Health Groups Try to Clear the Air on Dangers
Noozhawk - February 29, 2016

The advent of electronic smoking devices has ignited a new host of headaches for those working to keep teenagers away from tobacco and drugs. The gadgets were initially touted as a smoking cessation tool, but critics say e-cigarettes instead have become more popular than regular cigarette smoking among teens. Some use the devices to deliver various illegal drugs. We were winning the battle against tobacco use with kids, said Edwin Weaver, executive director of Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley, which serves as the state Tobacco-Use Prevention Education coordinator for Santa Barbara County. Julie Woessner, executive director and board president of the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association, an advocacy organization for the right to use e-cigarettes, said she uses a bubble-gum flavor liquid for her vaping.

Proposal To Ban Tobacco Near Youth Sports - February 26, 2016

A California Democratic Senator has introduced a bill that would ban tobacco products from being used with 250 ft. of a youth sporting event. SB 977 would prohibit the use of cigarettes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products near any sports practice, game or activity where athletes under the age of 18 are present.

It's time for USC to become smoke-free
Daily Trojan Online - February 25, 2016

... the nation, according to the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. ... according to a In April 2013, UCLA became the first UC school to implement a ban on cigarette smoke in the name of public health. By 2014, the entire UC system banned cigarettes and all other tobacco products from its campuses to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke and prevent young adults from developing a life-threatening addiction. As of Jan. 1, there are more than 1,475 smoke-free campuses across the nation, according to the Americans for Nonsmokers Rights Foundation. Its about time that USC aligned itself with the regulations of other universities. On Oct. 1, 2010, USC hospitals on the Health Science Campus became smoke-free.


Saratoga: Tobacco grade is better, but work continues
San Jose (CA) Mercury-News - February 25, 2016

Saratoga may have jumped two letter grades in the American Lung Association's 2016 report card on tobacco control policies, but its work is not yet done, said Mayor Manny Cappello, who promised more changes are on the way.

More failing grades for Y-S tobacco control efforts
Appeal-Democrat - February 24, 2016

In 2011, tobacco sales to under-age youth in Sutter County were twice the state ... to include e-cigarettes to Yuba City's current ordinance banning tobacco use in ... located near schools sell candy-flavored products to youth and 90 percent of ...

Reedley receives F grade for tobacco control policies
Reedley Exponent - February 24, 2016

... the city in recent years passed a strong tobacco retailer licensing ordinance. ... More than 16,000 children start smoking each year in the state, costing $18 ...

New Legislation Could Protect Children from Second-Hand Smoke
KEYT-TV (Santa Barbara, CA) - February 23, 2016

could show up on the November 2016 ballot... One new measure would put a two dollar tax on cigarettes and would and would tax tobacco vapor products as well. A different legislation seeks to eliminate smoking near youth sporting event.

LETTER: Smoggy the Bear: Smoking kills, and so does air pollution
IE News Group (Inland Empire (CA) Community Newspapers) - February 23, 2016

My Generation activists and I visited Rutherford's office to deliver two cartons of unfiltered cigarettes to highlight the similarity between breathing the region's air and consuming secondhand smoke - every day. We all know the dangers of smoking and pub

Elk Grove Students Sponsor No-Smoking Bill
FOX40 - February 23, 2016

... was congratulated by State Senator Richard Pan for doing the legwork in producing a bill aimed at banning smoking within 250 feet of youth sporting events.

Supes mull bumping cigarette buying age to 21
SFBay - February 23, 2016

Legislation that would increase the legal age to buy tobacco in San Francisco ... The legislation, introduced by Supervisor Scott Wiener, aims to prevent youth ... electronic cigarettes, to people under 21 and not the possession of tobacco by a ...

Ventura County students learn how tobacco firms target them
Ventura County Star - February 22, 2016

About 375 students in Ventura County are being taught this week how tobacco companies target their products to young people and how teens can fight back with their own anti-tobacco messages. As Wright spoke, students were asked to fill out a quiz sheet outlining the dangers of tobacco in cigarette, chew or vape-pen form. After the presentation, students ...

Amid legal threats, SF debates raising tobacco purchase age to 21
San Francisco Examiner - February 22, 2016

San Franciscos evolving crackdown on tobacco use enters another stage with a proposal under debate today to raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes including e-cigarettes from 18 to 21. San Francisco would follow in the footsteps of Healdsburg, which became the first municipality in California to pass a ban on the sale of cigarettes to those under the age of 21. Healdsburg, however, suspended the law in October due to lawsuit threats by the National Association of Tobacco Outlets. But that didnt deter Santa Clara County from imposing a ban on the tobacco sales to those under 21 beginning in January, which impacted 17 retailers. Other cities, like San Francisco, are deciding whether to follow suit.

Letter: Secondhand smoke effects
San Mateo Daily Journal - February 22, 2016

We attend South San Francisco High. We are part of the Youth Leadership Institute. We are youth advocates for Project CASA (Creating Access to Smoke-free Apartments) throughout San Mateo County.

TSAKALAKIS/GORDON: SF should raise tobacco-buying age
San Francisco (CA) Examiner - February 22, 2016

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing nearly 500,000 people each year. While San Francisco has made progress to reduce the impacts of tobacco, we must do more. Raising the purchasing age for tobacco products from 18 to 21 is gaining traction. New York City, the State of Hawaii, and most recently Berkeley, have joined the nearly 100 jurisdictions nationwide in this effort, known as Tobacco 21. San Francisco is poised to be next.

Smoke-free policy continues to develop
The Panther - February 21, 2016

Students are weary of the new smoke-free campus policy since its enforcement relies on students holding each other accountable, according to Article VI of the policy. The enforcement of the policy is based on members of the Chapman community reporting smokers to either Jerry Price, vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students, or Human Resources.

Records request reveals strong opposition to outdoor marijuana cultivation ban by Nevada County Supervisors
The Union of Grass Valley - February 19, 2016

An overwhelming number of people who contacted the Nevada County Board of Supervisors by phone and email about an outdoor cultivation ban opposed the move, according to documents provided to The Union in response to an open records request.

City Council Votes to Require Tobacco Vendors to Obtain Local ...
WEHOville - February 18, 2016

The WeHo license covers sales of cigarettes and other tobacco products including e-cigarettes ... For example, in Burbank, sales to minors fell to 4% from 26.7%.

Fortuna City Council moving to ban electronic cigarettes
Eureka Times Standard - February 18, 2016

The Fortuna City Council on Tuesday continued its electronic cigarette ban discussion and public hearing to the next meeting, If passed after the introduction and a later second reading, e-cigarettes will be grouped in with other smoking devices like pipes, cigars and cigarettes, and the ...

New bill proposes tobacco ban near youth sporting events [VIDEO]
KCRA Sacramento - February 18, 2016

Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, proposed Senate Bill 977, which would prohibit tobacco products within 250 feet of games and practices where children are present.

Beaches, Parks & Recreation to Take Proposals for Master Plan
San Clemente Times - February 18, 2016

The plan is expected to go through multiple phases throughout 2016. Additionally, council passed a separate ordinance amendment to prohibit smoking on the ...

Sunnyvale: New smoking ordinance bans smoking in multi-family housing units
San Jose Mercury News - February 17, 2016

The Sunnyvale City Council has enacted some tougher rules in the city aimed at keeping cigarette smoke away from the lungs of residents. The council voted 6-1 on Feb. 9 to approve a new ordinance that prohibits smoking in outdoor dining areas, within 25 feet of doorways and other openings of locations where smoking is prohibited, within 25 feet of public transit stops, in common and outdoor areas of multi - family housing, within 20 feet of the entrance of multifamily housing and inside multi-family housing units. The ban includes tobacco smoke, electronic smoking devices and marijuana. The council spent quite some time debating the issues of medical marijuana and smoking inside multi-family housing. Councilmember Jim Griffith, the lone dissenting vote, said he was concerned that the council was dictating how residents can use medicinal items as well prohibiting people from doing things within properties they have purchased, such as condominiums. ...

Smoking policy possible
Renegade Rip - February 17, 2016

Smoking on campus has been a topic of deliberation at Bakersfield College for years. ... She stated that walking past secondhand smoke can be close to as ...

Consider solutions beyond criminalizing smoking
Half Moon Bay Review - February 17, 2016

If Half Moon Bay were to ban the sale of tobacco products all tobacco products within city limits, that would be a very constructive start. That would, in my opinion, tell anyone interested that Half Moon Bay elected council members are not hypocrites, and further that they are genuinely concerned about everybodys health. In addition, Half Moon Bays elected representatives should and certainly could (in collaboration with any number of agencies and health insurers) work to provide all smokers with the help they need to quit smoking. That would be an incredible effort and I suspect a very welcome one with smokers. Quitting ones addiction to nicotine and the over 1,000 carcinogenic contaminants contained in each and every cigarette is the goal of any smoker who has had the habit for any length of time. Partnering with, instead of criminalizing residents and visitors alike, seems to be a much better approach.

California lawmaker wants to ban tobacco at youth sports events
Sacramento Bee - February 17, 2016

State Sen. Richard Pan is taking another swing at tobacco. The Sacramento Democrat has introduced a bill that would prohibit cigarettes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products within 250 feet of any game, practice or activity organized by a youth sports team in California where athletes under the age of 18 are present. Violators would be punished with a $100 fine.

$32820 pact to improve community health wins Fairfield council support
Fairfield Daily Republic - February 17, 2016

Neighborhood Empowerment will consider official recognition for businesses or property owners who create smoke-free multiple-unit housing or increase healthy food and beverage options in stores.

Students urge council to ban smoking in parks
Appeal-Democrat - February 16, 2016

Students Working Against Tobacco, a youth club comprised of Willows High School students, dropped by the Willows City Council meeting on Feb. 9 to urge the members of the council to ban smoking in public parks. Specifically, the Willows High School students requested that the council add the matter on the agenda for a future meeting and to adopt an ordinance designating public recreation areas in the city of Willows as 100-percent tobacco free, and include e-cigarettes in that ordinance.

Fighting secondhand smoke
Gilroy Dispatch - February 16, 2016

A homeowners pleas to the city to protect his family and others from the health dangers of secondhand smokein his case, marijuana smokemight be gaining traction nearly four months after he appealed to the mayor and City Council. If its illegal to play music so loud that it disturbs your neighbor, why isnt it illegal to allow dangerous smoke to drift onto a neighbors property or into her home, Gillard asked. In this day and age, how can Gilroy be like this, it seems like [city officials] are not sensitive to it, Gillard said.

UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative
Huffington Post - February 16, 2016

... the easy choice through our major thematic areas, called pods: MindWell, MoveWell, EatWell, BEWell (Build Environment), and BreatheWell (Tobacco-Free).

Local cities score Cs, Fs in tobacco report card.
Monterey County Weekly (blog) - February 15, 2016

They got points for limiting smoking in public recreation areas, requiring smoke-free common areas in housing complexes and requiring all tobacco vendors to ...

Smoking on campus continues despite the smoking ban
El Camino College Union - February 14, 2016

Earlier last year, a smoking ban was approved during a Board of Trustees Meeting, and is still causing controversy. The smoking ban prohibits cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, snuff, snus, water pipes, hookahs, chew and any other non-combustible tobacco product according to Board Policy 3570. Smoking is not only banned on campus according to this policy but it is also banned in any parking lots that are district property.

GLANTZ: LLt. Governor Gavin Newsoms Vague Response to UCSF Public Health Analysis of Marijuana Legalization Initiatives
Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (UCSF) February 14, 2016

In that interview Newsom dismissed the public health analysis of the two leading marijuana legalization initiatives released by UCSFs Rachel Barry and Dr. Stanton Glantz the week before, on February 2, 2016. Here is a link to the UCSF press release that provides an excellent summary of the key points of the analysis. Rachel Barry, lead author of that analysis, responded to the Gavin Newsom interview in the following blog post, which is reproduced ...

Palo Alto looks to raise age for tobacco sales
Palo Alto Online - February 11, 2016

Seeking to make Palo Alto a regional leader in a crusade against cigarette smoke, city officials are preparing to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco to 21 and to ban smoking in local apartment buildings and condominium complexes. The two proposals would both build up the city's recent sequence of smoking bans, which include prohibitions on smoking at local parks, outdoor dining areas, main downtown strips and open-space preserve. The City Council's Policy and Services Committee unanimously agreed on Tuesday night that both are worth pursuing, sending their stamps of approval to the full council.

Let's end the tobacco epidemic
New Times SLO - February 11, 2016

The Tobacco Control Coalition of San Luis Obispo County would like to thank you for running the story about Darin Dyroff and the e-cigarette explosion (Pismo man sues after hes injured by exploding e-cigarette, Feb. 4). The Shredder also wrote an excellent opinion piece in that same issue regarding the tobacco industry, which includes e-products.

Op-Ed: E-cigs are a risk to everyone, not just the user
Daily Aztec - February 10, 2016

Currently I am enrolled as a student at CSU East Bay, which like many CSU campuses, private colleges and community colleges, it is not smoke-free. Secondhand smoke is dangerous, but it is especially harmful to students like me, who have severe lung conditions. Because of my lungs, I cant be exposed to smoke, even smelling smoke can be potentially life threatening. There have even been days I have had to miss class entirely because I wasnt able to make it to across campus without coming in contact with smoke. To make matters worse, cigarettes arent the only tobacco-related problem on campus anymore. E-cigarettes are becoming extremely popular and come in a variety of flavors that appeal to young adults. Because they dont smell like traditional cigarettes, people assume that they are harmless. Unfortunately, this isnt the case.

California Anti-Tobacco Forces Targeting Menthol Cigarettes
KPBS - February 9, 2016

Menthol masks the harshness of tobacco, making it easier to inhale. That makes menthol cigarettes especially popular among young smokers. Last year ...

Airport Police Renege on Pledge to Enforce Anti-Smoking Laws
NBC Los Angeles - February 8, 2016

Seven months ago, the I-Team caught passengers and airport employees smoking too close to terminal and baggage claim doors....Police are not living up to a promise they made that they would crack down on travelers and employees who are breaking LAX's ...

Nevada City Council to visit formula business ordinance, Sugarloaf ...
The Union of Grass Valley - February 8, 2016

... council to consider an approach that strengthens existing land-use ordinances. But when the draft ordinance came before the city council again during the Jan. ... City to comply with the no-smoking ordinance passed by the council in 2012.

Miguel Duran Gomez Jr.: Smoke-free parks would make everyone ...
Merced Sun-Star - February 8, 2016

Smoke-free parks are a good idea because they will make it more likely people will feel safer when they go outside. To support smoke-free parks, call the ...

Ojai City Council to review affordable housing project
Ventura County Star - February 7, 2016

A proposal to build affordable housing on city-owned property will be discussed ... the council is to examine rules for allowing cultivation of medical marijuana for ...

American Lung Assn. gives Glendale an 'A' for efforts against smoking
Los Angeles Times - February 6, 2016

For the seventh straight year, Glendale received an "A" on the American Lung Assn.'s State Tobacco Control report card. The annual report grades California cities on categories such as enforcing outdoor smoke-free areas and reducing the sales of tobacco

PUBLIC AGENDA: office cap, transportation tax measure, renaming schools
Palo Alto Online - February 5, 2016

COUNCIL POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee will discuss a proposed ordinance banning smoking at multi-family residences and creating a licensing program for tobacco retailers. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

E-cigs are a starter kit for teens
Sacramento Bee - February 4, 2016

Re Taxing e-cigarettes will backfire on public health (Another View, Feb. 2): The vaping industry is increasingly becoming nothing more than a false front for ...

Cigarettes may disappear from college campuses
Skyline View (subscription) - February 4, 2016

A new bill in the state assembly would prohibit smoking on all public California college campuseseven in designated smoking areas. Under existing policy, all UC campuses are smoke-free, while CSUs and community colleges set their own smoking policies. Skylines campuses have banned smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes, except in designated smoking areas since the fall of 2009.

Survey reveals police understaffing is a concern for Nevada City ...
The Union of Grass Valley - February 4, 2016

How to enforce the smoking ordinance was another popular topic during the meeting. Foley said the city is working on creating two designated smoking areas at ...

CSULB's Breathe campaign aims at easing school's transition to a smoke-free campus
Long Beach Press Telegram - February 5, 2016

As the Cal State Long Beach campus gets ready to go tobacco-free this fall, students fanned out on Wednesday to work on CSULB's Breathe campaign.

Drugs added to county's social host rule
Point Reyes Light - February 4, 2016

Amendments to the county's social host ordinance that prescribe ... of West Marin, which she said has a higher rate of marijuana smoking than anything else.

Anti-Tobacco Forces Target Legal Pot Use
East Bay Express - February 3, 2016

local and state smoke-free laws would not contain exemptions for indoor use in hospitality venues, marijuana retail stores, and marijuana clubs." The health ...

Legal landscape for stoners at Super Bowl 50
Extract - February 3, 2016

California still has a lot of strict rules about marijuana that can prevent pot .... business loans, trade licensing, student aid, public housing and other public ...

HEALTH: Few Inland cities pass lung association's tobacco test
Press-Enterprise - February 3, 2016

Hemet and San Bernardino County joined other communities which were noted for regulating electronic cigarettes. Hemet City Councilwoman Linda Krupa said ...

How did San Bernardino, Los Angeles counties fare in this year's tobacco and smoking report?
San Bernardino County Sun - February 3, 2016

… A bill regulating electronic cigarettes as tobacco products. o Raising the minimum smoking age to 21. o Providing better smoke-free protections in the workplace ...

All but 3 Orange County cities receive failing grades for regulation of ...
OCRegister - February 3, 2016

A smoking ban in Santa Ana College's cafeteria was expanded campuswide. ... Ana, for instance, were credited for banning smoking in parks; Laguna Woods for ...

Cities in Stanislaus County given poor marks for tobacco control ...
Modesto Bee - February 3, 2016

In California, more than 16,000 young people began smoking in the past year, ... to cities if they have ordinances that restrict smoking in apartment buildings and ... Modesto broadened its smoking ordinance in December to prohibit smoking in ...

Sonoma County cities improve scores on American Lung ...
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - February 3, 2016

Santa Rosa leaders last summer enacted a sweeping ban on smoking in ... Sonoma's current regulations banning smoking in restaurants, workplaces and ...

Smoking still caught up in flames
Renegade Rip - February 3, 2016

The smoking policy on the Bakersfield College campus continues to be a matter of ... to speed up the enforcement of California college campus smoking bans. ... college administrations toward banning smoking on their campuses outright, and ...

Learn the effects of second and thirdhand smoke at free training
TheReporter.Com - February 3, 2016

The Solano County Tobacco Prevention and Education Program is hosting a free training on secondhand and thirdhand smoke from 10 am to 12 p.m. Feb.

American Lung Association "State of Tobacco Control 2016" Report Finds California Failing in Efforts to Reduce Tobacco Caused Death and Disease
Eleditor - February 3, 2016

Once a national leader in tobacco control efforts, California continues to fall behind other states in protecting its residents from the burden of tobacco according to the 14th annual American Lung Association State of Tobacco Control 2016 report released today. Despite an historic opportunity in the California Legislature last year, state lawmakers failed yet again to enact tobacco control policies that would save lives and reduce the $18 billion in annual health care costs due to smoking. … In addition, more than 200 communities have stepped up to regulate the sale and use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) as tobacco products. The report also ...

Kern County receives "F" grade for its efforts in
Kern Golden Empire - February 3, 2016

The study is based on the amount of smoke-free housing and outdoor environments, tobacco control spending, tobacco tax and smoking cessation programs.

Report: San Diego falls well short of statewide tobacco policies
KUSI - February 3, 2016

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) - The city of San Diego received a D for tobacco control policies ... They want $2 in taxes tacked onto each cigarette pack. ... stepped up to regulate the sale and use of electronic cigarettes as tobacco products. ... of flavored tobacco products in response to mounting evidence regarding the likelihood of ...

Marijuana Measure Does Not Prioritize Health Over Business ...
California Healthline - February 3, 2016

Stanton Glantz and Rachel Barry of the Center for Tobacco Control Research ... People at the meeting argued over the requirement for a conditional use permit.

USG Senate approves community block party funding
Daily Trojan Online - February 2, 2016

... from the Latino Student Assembly, the Professional and Academic Funding Board, and heard of a potential resolution on making USC a smoke-free campus.

Oil companies doled out big donations in California climate bill fight
Contra Costa Times - February 2, 2016

…Tobacco giant Philip Morris, now called Altria, also scored a big win in the final days of last year's legislative session when the Assembly declined to take action on a sweeping package of anti-tobacco bills, including a key proposal to regulate e-cigarettes for the first time. Altria distributed more than $225,000 to dozens of Democrats and Republicans in the second half of 2015, including a $25,000 check to a campaign committee controlled by Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, the chairman of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee, which typically reviews tobacco-related legislation for the Legislature. Gray could not immediately be reached for comment on the donation. …

Another View: Taxing e-cigarettes will backfire on public health
Sacramento Bee - February 2, 2016

California is on the wrong path if it moves forward with a regressive "sin" tax on vapor products, as supported by The Sacramento Bee's editorial board ("Another ...

A Public Health Analysis of Two Proposed Marijuana Legalization Initiatives for the 2016 California Ballot: Creating the New Tobacco Industry (PDF)
Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (UCSF) - February 2, 2016

the goal would be to minimize use by treating marijuana like tobacco through social denormalization. The central idea would be to establish a vigorous marijuana prevention and control program simultaneously with creating the retail market, before the new

California doctors' lobbying group formally backs marijuana legalization
Sacramento (CA) Bee - February 1, 2016

California Medical Association, the influential lobbying group representing more than 40,000 members statewide, has officially thrown its support behind a proposed November ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana.

Sycuan Casino Appoints General Manager Position to San Diego ...
EIN News (press release) - February 2, 2016

... for the San Diego market including the largest non-smoking gaming area as ... Non-smokers will also enjoy over 800 slots and table games in the comfort of ...

A powerful Filipino story in U.S. crusade vs. smoking - February 2, 2016

Smoking destroyed his health to the point that he could not find a job. ... each year, with more than 41,000 of these deaths from exposure to secondhand smoke.

Campus smoking ban would match other CA colleges
La Voz Weekly - February 1, 2016

… FHDA district is surveying students and staff to determine their opinions on the district smoking policy, with the intention of eventually making De Anza and Foothill colleges completely smoke-free. The 19-question survey, sent via email, asks respondents about their tobacco use and whether they would prefer the campus, including the parking lots, to be "100 percent smoke-free." If significant public support is found for such a change, the new policy will proceed to the FHDA Board of Trustees for approval. The current district smoking policy, adopted by the FHDA Board of Trustees in June 2005, restricts on-campus smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes, to designated smoking areas. De Anza College has four designated smoking areas located on the fringes of campus. …

San Jose Considering Dirt Soccer Fields Board Approves E-Cig Ban in Parks
Athletic Business (blog) - February 1, 2016

A city board on Wednesday approved a ban on smoking in city parks and at pools. The ban, which includes other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes, is effective April 1 and affects more than 60 city properties. Tobacco and electronic cigarette use will be prohibited on the grounds of all parks and pools, including the parking lots, which also means the products cant be used in cars in parking lots.

Chapman University says thank you for not smoking
Los Angeles Times - January 31, 2016

"This was for the rights of the nonsmokers because individual smoking on campus affects everybody," said Nudelman in an interview. "We're not telling people ... According to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a national lobbying organization, as of Jan. 1, at least 1,475 college and university campuses in the United States are 100% smoke-free.

Tabacco [sic] companies targeting our generation through e-cigarette advertising
Daily Californian - January 29, 2016

Before I began college, I couldnt have identified an e-cigarette if I saw one. During my first semester at San Jose State University, however, I sat next to a student in my community health class who was, to my surprise, openly vaping. While smoking a traditional cigarette in a classroom, much less a health class, is unthinkable, e-cigarettes have emerged as a strangely acceptable practice, especially among youth.

ARC students have varying reactions to the new campus-wide smoking ban
American River Current - January 28, 2016

American River Colleges new smoking ban is affecting all students and faculty, but even amongst the complaints, those who must now leave campus for their smoke breaks are not too upset with the change. ARCs smoking ban, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, prohibits the use of cigarettes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and vaporizers on the campus and makes ARC the first college in the Los Rios District to implement a smoking ban.

Council discusses smoking
The Review (Half Moon Bay, CA) - January 28, 2016

Some of them showed up at a recent Half Moon Bay City Council meeting to share their frustrations around second hand smoke.... As a result, city officials have tried to walk a fine line. The current city proposal "has a heavier approach than some jurisdi...

Campus to become smoke- and tobacco-free Feb. 1
The Panther - January 28, 2016

While Chapman's Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine has been smoke-free since it opened in 2014, the main campus in Orange had a policy that ...

Berkeley Raises Smoking Age to 21
PR Newswire - January 27, 2016

On January 26th, The City Council of Berkeley voted to raise the smoking age to 21, following in the footsteps of more than 110 municipalities across the nation, including New York City and Boston. "Berkeley continues to emerge as a public health leader.

UC Quits reaches milestone of 2500 patients
The Aggie - January 27, 2016

The UC Davis campus became smoke and tobacco free in January 2014. Smoking and use of other tobacco products are banned both indoors and outdoors in ...

Sycuan Casino Appoints General Manager Position to San Diego ...
The East County Californian - January 27, 2016

Additionally, under his guidance Sycuan has established industry-leading innovations for the San Diego market including the largest non-smoking gaming area ...

MiraCosta College bans e-cigarettes
Encinitas Advocate - January 27, 2016

"The Associated Student Senate supported the revised smoking policy so that our ... The college's previous smoking policy, approved in May 2009, banned ...

LA Bans Chewing Tobacco at Parks and Sports Venues
NBC Southern California - January 26, 2016

The ban is aimed at preventing professional athletes from using chewing ... There are exceptions to the ban at designated areas of some parks where smoking is ... Jerry Brown signed last October, banning chewing tobacco at major league ...

Editorial: another shot at e-cigarettes
Fresno Bee - January 26, 2016

There are pros and cons to the proposed initiative to raise the tax on sales of tobacco, but one of the better arguments for it is that it includes e-cigarettes. Launched last week by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer and Sen. Richard Pan, the Sacramento Democrat and pediatrician who last year took on the vaccine resisters, the proposed levy is best known for its bid to add $2 per pack to the state's cigarette tax. But it also would take aim at the latest twist on a deadly old habit that increasingly is targeting adolescents. Given the decades it has taken to pull teenagers back from the tobacco industry's clutches, there's no earthly reason not to proceed with an excess of caution when it comes to electronic cigarettes. …

'Breathe' campaign: A catalyst for tobacco-free transformation
Daily 49er - January 26, 2016

CSULB will follow more than 400 American colleges and universities that have already banned all forms of tobacco - including e-cigarettes - from their ...

City Council votes to eject smokeless tobacco from Dodger Stadium ...
Los Angeles Times - January 26, 2016

The council voted Tuesday morning to approve an ordinance banning the use of ... The motion to ban the use of smokeless tobacco products was introduced in June by ... from 2001 to 2013 from 10% to 11.1%, even as smoking rates dropped.

The lowdown: Berkeley council on noisy Southside parties, Black ...
Berkeleyside - January 26, 2016

... on noisy Southside parties, Black Lives Matter protests, the smoking age, more ... protocols that could be approved by the city in lieu of the new ordinance.

Things to know about Chapman's smoking ban
OCRegister - January 25, 2016

The ban is effective Feb. 1, meaning that all forms of smoking will be prohibited throughout the Orange campus. "All forms" includes cigarettes, cigars, vaporizers, vape pens, e-cigarettes and all other tobacco and related products. … Chapman's move to become smoke-free is a continuation of a nationwide trend that includes at least 1,620 smoke-free U.S. campuses, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation. The trend is easily noticeable in California as well. In January 2014, the University of California system adopted a smoke-free policy across all of its school sites, and the American Lung Association in California adds that the smoke-free trend can be observed throughout the Cal State University System as well. …

Pleasanton squeezing smokers out of their puffs
Council ruling prohibits smoking at special events downtown, other festivities
Pleasanton Weekly - January 25, 2016

Smokers are gradually being squeezed out of their puffs in public places in Pleasanton by more rules aimed at encouraging them to abandon their habits or take their smokes into back alleys where they're still allowed. Last Tuesday, the City Council amended the municipal code to prohibit smoking at special events downtown to allow those at street fairs and other festivities to enjoy a non-smoking environment. Even e-cigarettes are "nicotine-delivery devices," which means we should add these to no-smoking regulations and tax them as tobacco products.

Another shot at e-cigarettes
Sacramento Bee - January 24, 2016

So far, the e-cigarette industry, largely controlled now in the U.S. by tobacco ... In the same time period, spending on e-cigarette advertising across the top 10 ...

Our Voice: Act on anti-smoking laws
The Desert Sun - January 23, 2016

Meanwhile, efforts to regulate e-cigarettes like their tobacco-containing cousins ... a bill in the recent special session on health care that would have made e-cigarettes ... ban e-cigarette use in public places, as tobacco use currently is banned.

American Canyon, Calif. Bans Tobacco Stores - January 22, 2016

There are no tobacconists in American Canyon, Calif.and it appears it will stay that way, legally. On Tuesday, the American Canyon city council voted unanimously to prohibit tobacco stores from being allowed into the city. The measure will still allow for non-tobacco speciality stores. Any store under 10,000-square-feet that has less than 50 percent or more of its transactions involving tobacco or tobacco-related products would be allowed. Any store over 10,000-square-feet will be permitted to designate up to 5 percent of its square-footage to the display and merchandising of tobacco and tobacco-related products including e-cigarettes. Before it becomes law the proposed measure will have to pass a second vote.

'Vaping' banned at MiraCosta as part of stricter smoking policy
Seaside Courier - January 21, 2016

That's according to a stricter smoking policy adopted Wednesday by the colleges Board of Trustees. Effectively immediately, all students, employees and visitors ...

Coalition Launches Campaign To Put $2 Tobacco Tax Hike on Ballot
California Healthline - January 21, 2016

A coalition of medical and labor groups has launched a campaign to qualify a November ballot measure that would levy an additional $2 tax on tobacco products, … The tax would apply all tobacco sales, including cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and anything "containing or derived from tobacco or nicotine," according to the ...

The Riggs Report: A smoking ballot fight
KCRA Sacramento - January 21, 2016

Fueled by big contributions from billionaire Tom Steyer and others, a measure to raise the tobacco tax in California by $2 a pack now appears to be on a straight road to the November ballot. … It would also apply a tobacco tax to electronic cigarettes. How expensive a campaign would the ballot measure unleash? Just look to the most recent example. …

City bans tobacco, e-cigarette businesses
Napa Valley Register - January 20, 2016

American Canyon currently does not have any smoke shops or tobacco stores, or even ones that exclusively sell e-cigarettes, a popular habit among today's youth. City leaders decided on Tuesday to keep it this way by adopting an ordinance that prohibits

Burbank looks into banning e-cigarette use in public spaces
Los Angeles Times - January 20, 2016

The Burbank City Council is considering restricting the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces and regulating the sale of battery-powered nicotine vaporizers. …

Council affirms cannabis ban
Hi-Desert Star - January 20, 2016

TWENTYNINE PALMS - Councilmembers reaffirmed a ban on all ... Klink indicated support for a system in which marijuana is available at pharmacies.

Burbank looks into banning e-cigarette use in public spaces
Los Angeles Times - January 20, 2016

The Burbank City Council is considering restricting the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces and regulating the sale of battery-powered nicotine vaporizers.

Letter: Students from Willows working against tobacco
Chico Enterprise-Record - January 19, 2016

Kudos to Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) at Willows High School, ... children and others are protected from secondhand smoke and tobacco litter.

It's Tobacco-Free Awareness Week
The Bakersfield Californian - January 19, 2016

Hey smokers (and those thinking about lighting up because you saw a pic of David Bowie looking cool with a cig hanging from his narrow lips), it's Tobacco-Free ...

City will consider Dam enlargement project
Porterville Recorder - January 18, 2016

...hold three public hearings on whether to approve: Allowing the use of a "vape lounge" in conjunction with retails sales for an E-cigarette room; a conditional use ...

UC Quits reaches milestone of 2500 patients
The Aggie - January 14, 2016

According to Tong, the five UC medical centers went smoke-free before the 2014 UC-wide ban and the UC Quits program continues to fortify the policy through ...

Tobacco-Free, Miss Sue-I-Chew, Means No Nicotine at R-side U!
UCR Today (press release) - January 13, 2016

Jan. 2 marked the two-year anniversary of UC Riverside becoming a tobacco-free campus, a policy that applies to all of UCR's properties, both on and off the main campus. ... but with the growing interest in e-cigarettes and the vast expanse of relatively isolated locales on UCR's grounds, there's been some confusion about what the ...

Cause of Petaluma cigarette store fire couldn't be determined [VIDEO]
Petaluma Argus Courier - January 13, 2016

Petaluma fire officials, attempting to figure out what sparked last month's eastside cigarette store blaze, have closed their investigation, saying the cause couldn't be determined. … He said fire officials nationwide are hearing of fires or explosions traced back to e-cigarettes, usually involving battery charging issues. That December morning ...

Pleasanton bans smoking at downtown special events
Contra Costa Times - January 12, 2016

PLEASANTON -- The city has banned smoking at street fairs, parades and other ... 5-0 last month to ban smoking at special events on downtown city streets.

Chapman University to go smoke-free
OCRegister - January 13, 2016

Chapman University will ban all forms of smoking - including tobacco and e-cigarettes - campus-wide starting Feb. 1, administrators announced this week.

City takes on new rules for e-cigarettes: Belmont council considers smoking ban; ...
San Mateo Daily Journal - January 12, 2016

Once considered a groundbreaker in efforts to protect local residents from unwanted exposure to secondhand smoke, Belmont officials are now catching up to new technologies by moving to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public. … Already prohibiting traditional cigarettes from being smoked in most public spaces as well as multi-family dwellings, the city now seeks to include the increasingly popular e-cigarettes in its ban. "I think that Belmont broke ground years ago when it enacted the smoking ordinance and I think we as a City Council owe it to the people of Belmont to make sure that we keep up with the times," said Mayor Eric Reed. "I'm fully in favor of including electronic cigarettes in the smoking ordinance." …

Letter: E-cigarette bans and other objectionable activities
San Mateo Daily Journal - January 12, 2016

I recently learned both the Palo Alto and Belmont city councils are considering banning or restricting the use of e-cigarettes in public places, which is of course, music to my ears. San Mateo was cited as one of those "progressive" city councils that has already done this action back in November. …

Reynolds seeks dismissal of class-action lawsuit targeting Vuse
Winston-Salem (NC) Journal - January 12, 2016

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. has filed a dismissal motion with a federal court in California, claiming plaintiffs have not proven that use of top-selling electronic cigarette Vuse exposes smokers to "significant amounts of harmful carcinogens." The lawsuit ...

Bill Would Ban Cigarettes, Vaping at California College Campuses
California Healthline - January 12, 2016

Assembly member Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) has introduced a bill (AB 1594) that would ban traditional and electronic cigarettes on California State ...

Chapman University to go completely smoke-free starting Feb. 1
Chapman University: Happenings (blog) - January 11, 2016

Chapman University has joined the growing list of college campuses that are opting to go completely smoke-free. … the new smoking ban will officially go into effect on Monday, February 1, the first day of Chapman's spring semester, and will cover all areas of the campus not affected by previous smoking bans. The new policy prohibits the on-campus use - including in all outdoor areas of the campus - of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, water pipes, pipes, hookahs, and any other combustible or smoke-generating products or devices. Those who choose to smoke may do so on City of Orange-owned property surrounding the perimeter of the campus. …

Monrovia to consider smoking ban at city parks
The Pasadena Star-News - January 11, 2016

MONROVIA >> Officials are considering enacting a smoking ban at all city ... In a survey of 17 nearby cities, most had already adopted smoking bans at city ...

Solano County's 'Kick The Butts' classes restart this month
Vallejo Times Herald - January 11, 2016

... parks and campuses smoke-free. The policy aims to improve air quality and the health and wellness of county employees, residents and visitors, officials said.

Bill Would Ban Cigarettes, Vaping at California College Campuses
California Healthline - January 11, 2016

Assembly member Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) has introduced a bill (AB 1594) that would ban traditional and electronic cigarettes on California State University and community college campuses, theSacramento Bee reports. According to the Bee, the University of California system has enforced a blanket ban on smoking and vaping since 2014. However, individual CSU and community college schools set their own policies for doing so.

New laws to take effect in 2016
Los Angeles Times - January 8, 2016

Regulating e-cigarette sales and possession by minors. In November, the City Council approved rules governing electronic cigarettes like traditional cigarettes. ... must carry a tobacco retailers license, and e-cigarette smokers will be held to ...

Placer County doctor appointed to state tobacco committee, warns of dangers of vaping
Auburn Journal - January 8, 2016

Lately, Dr. Robert Oldham has been thinking a lot about e-cigarettes. The health officer and public health director for Placer County didnt realize how thoroughly the products are marketed to young people until his intern showed him a video on social media of millennials brandishing their vapor rings. The message was that smoking is cool, Oldham said. It was very compelling. As Gov. Jerry Browns newest appointee to Californias Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee, Oldham hopes to spread the word about the dangers of e-cigarettes or vaping.

Sanger News & Community Calendar
Thesangerherald - January 7, 2016

The Fresno County Tobacco Prevention Program plans a brainstorming session on how to reduce secondhand and thirdhand smoke exposure in apartments ...

El Cerrito Journal letters: New tobacco restrictions an important step
Contra Costa Times - January 6, 2016

The City of El Cerrito is to be commended for recently adopting a tobacco retailer ... These flavored products, as well as flavored e-cigarettes and vape pens, are ...

Proposed Calif. Tobacco Tax Initiative
Kern Valley (CA) Sun - January 6, 2016

The California Tobacco Tax Initiative has been approved for circulation in California. The initiative is a contender for the Nov. 8, 2016 ballot as an initiated state statute. Both versions of the initiative has been approved for circulation and both meas

Whiskeytown Recreation Area bans smoking
Red Bluff Daily News - January 6, 2016

Take a deep breath. From the crisp mountain air atop Shasta Bally to the refreshing earthy smell along the many creeks running to the lake, Whiskeytown is ...

Scotts Valley's Future Looks Bright
Aptos Times - January 5, 2016

Tobacco shop concerns. We met those concerns with new licensing requirements, new restriction on proximity to schools and children and stricter penalties for ...

Teen burns leg after e-cigarette explodes in pants pocket
Orange County Register - January 5, 2016

A 19-year-old burned his leg Monday after an e-cigarette exploded in his pocket and caught fire while at his grocery store job in Ladera Ranch. The teen, a resident of Coto de Caza, was arriving at work at an Albertsons in the 27700 block of Crown Valle...

Sycuan Casino Wants to Pay Your Rent for a Year
EIN News (press release) - January 5, 2016

Non-smokers will also enjoy over 800 slots and table games in the comfort of San Diego's first and largest fully-enclosed non-smoking room -- complete with its ...

Smoking ban in parks and other public areas on Oxnard council ...
Ventura County Star - January 4, 2016

Smoking ban in parks and other public areas on Oxnard council agenda Tuesday ... consider banning smoking, including e-cigarettes, in parks and other public ...

Efforts continue to raise legal smoking age to 21
Merced Sun-Star - January 4, 2016

Local tobacco control advocates say the state has become an example to follow. ... it illegal for anyone younger than 21 to smoke traditional or electronic cigarettes. ... Coalition will continue to push for the end of illegal cigarette sales to minors.

California Lawmakers Return to the Capitol to Tackle Leftover Business - January 4, 2016

Leno and medical groups including the American Lung Assn. of California dispute that electronic cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking and say one can ...

Smoking in Pleasanton
The Independent - December 31, 2015

Pleasanton took steps to control smoking in the city. In past years, the city has received a "D" from the American Lung Association for its lack of smoking regulations. With its most recent vote, the city council approved an ordinance that requires events in the downtown to be smoke free. The council also directed city staff to come back with options to regulate smoking in multi-family housing, as well as single family neighborhoods. The city already prohibits smoking in senior housing...

Letter: Breathing clean air is not a privilege but a right
San Mateo Daily Journal - December 30, 2015

I am writing to you to ask for your support for smoking ordinances that prohibit secondhand smoking in multi-unit homes. This is a very important for me as part of ...

Los Gatos shorts: New smoking rules impact Redwood store
San Jose Mercury News - December 30, 2015

New smoking ordinance. Effective Jan. 1, Santa Clara County has raised the age to purchase tobacco and electronic smoking devices from 18 to 21.

Tobacco age rises to 21 in Santa Clara County
Morgan Hill Times - December 29, 2015

Starting Jan. 1, 2016, Santa Clara County will become the first county in California to raise the age to purchase tobacco and electronic smoking products from 18 to 21. The ordinance, approved by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in June, applies to 17 retailers, markets and convenience stores in unincorporated areas of the county. Five of the affected tobacco retailers are located in South County. Retailers within the city limits of Morgan Hill or any other city in the county are not affected. Ordinance requirements of the county ordinance beginning Jan. 1: ...

Yolo County, Calif. Announces Plan to Restrict Tobacco - December 24, 2015

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors has announced plans to make several changes to its tobacco policy, including capping the number of tobacco retailers and banning the sale of flavored tobacco products. At its meeting last week, the board voted 3-2 to direct county staff to create an ordinance for their consideration that would also set minimum packaging sizes for little cigars and cigarillos. While the proposal would only affect about 20 retailers in the unincorporated parts of the county, Supervisor Jim Provenza told The Davis Enterprise that the hope is it will affect what cities in the county do, a list that includes Woodland and Davis. It is also adjacent to Sacramento County.

Governor Jerry Brown appoints Placer County Public Health Officer ...
YubaNet - December 23, 2015

While Placer County has one of the lowest adult smoking rates (8.4 percent) in ... Secondhand smoke and cigarette butt litter poisons the air, ground and water ...

New Smoking & Vaping Rules for Mariposa County Include Smoke ...
Sierra Sun Times - December 22, 2015

Call the California Smokers' Helpline at: 1-800-NO-BUTTS now and ask about ... the use of e-cigarettes in all areas where other tobacco products are banned.

An Irvine Corruption Fighter Has Her Own Ethical Issues
VoiceofOC - December 22, 2015

As for Gehrich's email claiming that she asked for the smoking area ... city's ethics, ethical public service and lobbying ordinances, which were passed in 2006. ... The ordinance bars council members from lobbying on behalf of clients at any ...

Pechanga poker room great for beginners
GamingTodaySlotsToday - December 22, 2015

Located on the second floor above the "Round Bar" in the center of the casino, Pechanga's poker room features 43 non-smoking tables and a variety of poker ...

Metropolitan: San Mateo Apartments
The Voice Observer - December 21, 2015

Our community is absolutely, 100%, without a doubt non-smoking. No butts about it. It's better for you, your neighbors and our neighborhood. What's a low-odour ...

Editorial: Sonoma needs to shift with the winds on legal pot
Sonoma Index- Tribune - December 21, 2015

How about the recent tobacco retail-licensing program, which includes tobacco-like products such as e-cigarettes - is cannabis a "tobacco-like" product?

Hate San Francisco's Proliferation Of Walgreens? Blame Willie Brown
SFist - December 21, 2015

... then-mayor Newsom's proposal to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies back in 2008. ... This certainly isn't the first time Brown has beat the cigarette drum - back in ... is more money to be made selling hot cigarettes than there is selling dope.

The Smoke Has Cleared on the Project to Legalize Marijuana in the ...
AlterNet - December 20, 2015

Cities and counties can regulate or totally prohibit commercial marijuana cultivation, processing, sales, and deliveries, but they can't ban deliveries merely ...

County considers partial ban on e-cigarettes indoors
Napa Valley Register - December 20, 2015

The Napa County Board of Supervisors wants to add vaping to laws that already ban indoor smoking in certain places. It unanimously declared on Tuesday its ...

Sacramento scrambles to create new medical marijuana laws [VIDEO]
KCRA Sacramento - December 18, 2015

(KCRA) In the ever-evolving industry of medical marijuana, Sacramento finds itself ... some California cities are choosing to ban medical marijuana altogether, ...

The City That Knows How To Get Sued
SF Weekly - December 16, 2015

Supervisor Eric Mar has several times run afoul of those interests, whether it was trying to restrict toys in McDonald's Happy Meals or restricting tobacco use and ...

Smoking banned in El Monte apartment buildings
San Gabriel Valley Tribune - December 16, 2015

El Monte has joined dozens of other California cities... The City Council on Tuesday unanimously agreed to ban smoking in both apartment and condominium buildings with three or more attached units - amounting to 9,000 homes, or roughly 30 percent of all ...

County designates smoking areas at its facilities
Fairfield Daily Republic - December 12, 2015

FAIRFIELD Designated smoking areas have been approved at Solano County facilities as the next step in implementing the countys smoke-free facilities policy. The county began work on a transition plan soon after passing its smoke-free measure at the beginning of this year.

Cigarette tax hike just another money grab
OCRegister - December 11, 2015

The California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016 would impose a $2 per pack tax on cigarettes and e-cigarettes. It is supported by ...

Los Gatos shorts: Smoking ordinance survey
Milpitas Post - December 9, 2015

Members of the Los Gatos Youth Commission are crafting a revised smoking ordinance and are looking for community input via an online survey. The survey ...

City College to be smoke-, tobacco-free by fall 2016
Sac City Express - December 9, 2015

In the coming months the campus subcommittee of the Safety Committee will be working to make City College smoke-free. "By having smoke- and tobacco-free ..

Victorville officials to revisit city blueprint in brainstorming session
Victorville Daily Press - December 9, 2015

... were clustered in areas like Old Town; restricting single-serve alcoholic beverage sales by new retailers; and banning smoking and vaping in public places..

VIDEO: Principal: E-cigarettes triggered school's fire alarm twice in one week
KGTV - December 7, 2015

SAN DIEGO - A local high principal sent a letter home to parents after incidents in a school bathroom triggered the school's fire alarm....San Dieguito High School Academy went off inside a gender-neutral bathroom was triggered.

Federal grant should help Solano get healthier
Vallejo Times Herald - December 7, 2015

"From talking to landlords about smoke-free apartments, to choosing water over sugary drinks, or asking local convenience stores to carry healthy snacks and ...

Santa Maria considers medical marijuana cultivation ordinance
Santa Maria Sun - December 3, 2015

... well as the potential banning of commercial and/or private cultivation of medical ... that already bans medical marijuana dispensaries, "whether fixed or mobile," ... 1, the Santa Maria City Council voted 5-0 to ban any type of medical marijuana ... ban the sale of spice (synthetic marijuana), and restrict smoking and vaping.

Monterey comes down on eCigs, medical marijuana and food trucks.
Monterey County Weekly (blog) - December 3, 2015

...vendors, as state case law restrict cities' attempts for outright bans. ... To review, the council voted to ban eCigarettes where smoking is prohibited, e.g. ...

Berkeley council enacts street behavior regulations
Berkeleyside - December 2, 2015

Protesters fighting new ordinances related to street behavior marched to ... Maio said that measurement is not in the ordinance language and will come back later .... use, smoking (which Kris has lead the fight for), open container, harassment, ...

Marin Voice: City councils need to ban tobacco from local pharmacies
Marin Independent Journal - December 2, 2015

The Marin County Pharmacists Association and the Smoke-Free Marin Coalition are in the midst of a campaign to keep tobacco out of pharmacies. Seventy-five ...

Californians Likely to Vote on Cigarette Tax Hike - December 2, 2015

Cynthia Cabrera, president of the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), wrote to Harris to express her objections, namely that the initiative's ...

What Santa Monica's Consumer Protection Division can do for you
Santa Monica Daily Press - December 2, 2015

Smoke-Free Laws - We provide education and help enforce local laws on smoking in residential buildings and public places. We've helped Santa Monica ...

Bishop Planning Commission votes on marijuana cultivation, vape ...
Sierra Wave - December 2, 2015

Stec saw no reason to limit hours or restrict window coverings. ... would incorporate vaping devices into the same restrictions on city property as tobacco products. ... same ordinance would expand the no-smoking ban to the entire City Park.

The side-effects of PCC's smoking ban
PCC Courier - December 2, 2015

Pasadena City College's campus has been smoke-free for almost two years, yet the smoking areas have shifted to the sidewalks and entrances that border that ...

American Canyon prepares ban on e-cigarette stores
Napa Valley Register - December 1, 2015

"Are we aware of any legal challenges to outright bans to a tobacco shop or a vape ... Stuart said her department is "definitely seeing more kids smoking e-cigs," ...

National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) - December 1, 2015

What's changed is that a new poll has public support for the tax hike at more than 2 to 1. Since 2016 is a presidential election year, voter turnout should be higher as well. "We are reviewing the ballot initiative and considering our options," said Davi

Which counties smoke the most in the Bay Area?
SFGate - December 1, 2015

Smokers tend to live in rural parts of the state and often make less money than non-smokers. Twenty-four percent of smokers made $5,000 or less per year ...

My reasoning for a smoke-free campus
The Panther - December 1, 2015

My name is Henry Callander and I am a senator for the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts on Chapman's Student Government Association. There has been ...

Bishop Planning Commission to discuss marijuana cultivation, vaping ordinances
Sierra Wave - November 30, 2015

The Bishop Planning Commission will have its plate full at its Tuesday meeting as it takes on marijuana cultivation and vaping ordinances with both public hearings and recommended ordinances on the agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting at City Hall.

Fremont to consider smoking ban in future multi-unit residences
San Jose Mercury News - November 29, 2015

Fremont City Councilwoman Suzanne Chan is seeking to restrict smoking in multi-unit residences that haven't been built yet. Limiting smoking inside units and common areas will decrease people's exposure to second-hand smoke, Chan said. "We know that today the trend for smoking is on the downturn, she said. "Many people are much more aware of the harmful effects of smoking and so I wanted to make it clear my referral is not to ban smoking where it is currently allowed. But rather, the prohibition would be for future construction." On Nov. 17, the council directed staff to explore ways to achieve Chan's proposed policy and report back at a later meeting with a definition of multi-unit residences, the status of projects already approved or permitted, types of smoking that would be targeted and methods of enforcing a smoking ban. ...

San Jose leaders eye changes to medical marijuana rules
San Jose Mercury News - November 29, 2015

And marijuana providers say the olive branch doesn't go far enough and are planning ... But pot clubs say that rule makes it hard to keep up with demand since it ...

Recreational pot ballot measure would help protect children
Sacramento Bee - November 29, 2015

As the former division chief for preventive medicine at the California Department of Public Health, I know that, like alcohol, marijuana has potential health consequences for California youths.

Hookah and e-cigarettes popular with high schoolers
Reuters - November 27, 2015

Almost 10 percent of 11th and 12th graders are using e-cigarettes, and other alternative tobacco products are increasingly popular, according to a new study. Young people often use multiple tobacco products at once, the researchers found. "From this ana

Fremont to consider smoking ban in future multi-unit residences
San Jose Mercury-News - November 26, 2015

On Nov. 17, the council directed staff to explore ways to achieve Chan's proposed policy and report back at a later meeting with a definition of multi-unit residences, the status of projects already approved or permitted, types of smoking that would be t

Third Bakersfield resident filing e-cigarette lawsuit
Bakersfield Californian - November 25, 2015

Bakersfield resident Roy Iversen was riding home from work on Interstate 5 when his electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, exploded in his pocket. "It almost sounded like a firecracker going off on my leg and then it was just flames shooting up about a ...

Who still smokes in California?
Sacramento Bee - November 25, 2015

The state restricts where its residents can smoke, largely banning the practice in public, enclosed spaces. An effort to raise the legal smoking age to 21 passed ...

Smoking ordinance expanded in San Mateo to include e-cigarettes ...
KTVU San Francisco - November 24, 2015

SAN MATEO, Calif. - San Mateo police alerted the public on Monday that an ordinance meant to curb secondhand smoke exposure from cigarettes has been ...

City leaders eye potential smoking restrictions
Union Democrat - November 21, 2015

The City of Sonora could join a growing number of California cities and counties that are implementing policies to clamp down on smoking tobacco in public areas. The ordinance applies to places in the unincorporated area including, but not limited to, public transit, public buildings, indoor and outdoor dining areas, indoor and outdoor sports venues, polling places and common areas in apartment complexes and multi-unit housing facilities. The Americans for Nonsmokers Rights advocates for cities and counties in California to adopt ordinances to close exemptions in state labor laws that give some businesses the ability to allow smoking within their establishment.

Los Angeles: Exploding e-cigarettes prompt lawsuits; one user lost half a finger
San Jose Mercury News - November 20, 2015

LOS ANGELES -- Three California men filed lawsuits against the makers, wholesalers and retailers of e-cigarette, alleging that the products' batteries exploded, causing severe injuries, including second-degree burns, shattered teeth and in one case, the loss of half a finger. The three men, one of whom is a former L.A. Galaxy player, are seeking damages as well as hoping to raise awareness about the lack of regulation in the making of e-cigarettes, battery-operated devices that deliver nicotine with flavorings, said their attorney, Gregory Bentley.

Waiting to inhale: Smoking at Berkeley
Daily Californian - November 20, 2015

Breathe. So a seemingly infinite number of banners across the UC Berkeley campus commands, in clean, modern lettering. A symbol of a deadly cigarette is struck out against a backdrop of blue and gold the color scheme reminding the onlooker that the banners effort ought to be a community one. The message is plain: There is nowhere on this campus where you are permitted to smoke or consume any other kind of tobacco product. Most students appear to respect the policy. Seeing someone smoke a cigarette on campus during the day is extremely rare. Living in the Unit 2 residence hall in 2014, even I a night owl with a smokers nose for the smell of cigarettes probably spotted someone violating the prohibition against smoking in the courtyard two or three times all year, and only at late hours when no one was likely to pass through and glare at the offender.

SF May Implement New Age Limit For Tobacco Purchase
San Francisco News (registration) - November 20, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco is in the running to begin a new age limit requirement for tobacco use which will set the legal age for tobacco use from 18 to 21 years of age. If the plan is approved, the city will be second in the nation to enforce such age restrictions, after the state of New York.

Lawsuits Filed in California After Exploding E-Cigarettes Leave 3 ...
KTLA - November 19, 2015

Vicente Garza was getting ready for bed in his Bakersfield home when he decided to use an electronic cigarette. He lifted the device to his mouth, pushed the ...

Tobacco, Vaping Companies Fail to Warn Public of Cancer Dangers: Lawsuit
NBC Bay Area - November 19, 2015

Center for Environmental Health said its goal is reduce the number of young people who smoke and vape. Teen use of e-cigarettes is skyrocketing, the organization said: among 8th and 10th graders, twice as many say they use e-cigarettes as compared to ...

South Bay's largest college finally goes smoke free
10News - November 19, 2015

Southwestern College in Chula Vista has posted dozens of signs around its three campuses and is now warning students they can't smoke, chew tobacco or use ...

American Canyon to go with 'green' energy supplier, ban tobacco ...
Vallejo Times Herald - November 18, 2015

The subject of tobacco and e-cigarette stores, vapor bars and hookah bars came up ... bars tend to provide sweet-flavored tobaccos to patrons, which appears to be ... as middle school age - (using e-cigarettes and similar items)," she said.

Smoking policy at BC moves forward
Renegade Rip - November 18, 2015

10 to discuss the topic of Bakersfield College's erstwhile campus-wide smoking ban. The topic of smoking on campus has also been brought up in a recent ...

Kicking the habit saves lives
Fenton Tri County Times - November 18, 2015

Just a few years later, the idea of a smoke-free day finally took off, and in 1976, the California Division of the ACS succeeded in getting nearly one million of its ...

Los Gatos: New mayor, vice mayor selected
San Jose Mercury News - November 18, 2015

In particular, Jensen called out Hillbrook School's new conditional use permit, which she said ... "They came forward to us with a proposal to ban e-cigarettes.

Trinity County Fairgrounds, Lee Fong Park will be smoke-free
The Trinity Journal - November 18, 2015

The smoking rules for the park were adopted as part of a new ordinance enacted by the Board of Directors of the Weaverville/Douglas City Parks and Recreation ...

Leading A Smoke-Free Life
SDSU Newscenter - November 18, 2015

"It's not just about smoking cigarettes," Williams said. "Electronic cigarette use is highly prevalent among college students, which is something we need to ...

California tobacco tax hike will save lives: Guest commentary
LA Daily News - November 18, 2015

Equally worrisome, teens are using e-cigarettes at an alarming rate with use tripling among middle and high school students in California. This high-tech ...

California company sued over chemicals in e-liquids
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - November 17, 2015

In one of the first lawsuits filed in the United States by consumers alleging harm from liquids used in e-cigarettes or other vaping devices, three people from ...

Marin Voice: Latest report on smoking should be reason for action
Marin Independent Journal - November 17, 2015

Four Marin communities: Larkspur, Mill Valley, Fairfax and Tiburon are now considering model ordinances similar to the city of Novato's ordinance. The county, Ross and San Anselmo have taken some partial steps in the past three years....Smoke-Free Marin

SF looks at raising minimum age for buying tobacco to 21
San Francisco Chronicle - November 16, 2015

San Francisco has long been at the forefront of legislation aimed at curbing smoking and has banned smoking in restaurants, bars, playgrounds, parks and taxis; ...

South City to consider smoke ban: Officials say new ordinance is ...
San Mateo Daily Journal - November 16, 2015

Looking to join the growing local movement of cities working to protect residents from exposure to secondhand smoke, South San Francisco officials laid the groundwork to ban smoking in apartment buildings and attached living facilities. The South San Francisco City Council unanimously approved during a study session Wednesday, Nov. 4, to direct city staff to draft a smoking ban ordinance which would come back for formal approval in January, according to City Manager Mike Futrell.

Palo Alto considers banning e-cigarettes wherever tobacco isn't allowed
San Jose Mercury News - November 13, 2015

Electronic cigarette vapors could soon be banned in all public places where smoking tobacco is not allowed. Liz Williams, of Americans for Non-smokers Rights, said that cigarette residue "is very difficult to remove in terms of time and cost." ...

Landlords Try To Gut Roommate Provision In New Tenant Law Via ...
SFist - November 13, 2015

Perhaps even more importantly, though, the law addresses the growing issue of landlords instituting "house rules" and attempting to evict people for nuisance violations like smoking or hanging laundry outside.

Riverbank adopts fines for e-cigarette violations
Modesto Bee - November 13, 2015

The City Council also agreed to regulate e-tobacco sales, including fines ranging from $100 to $500 for violations such as selling to children. E-cigarette retailers did not object, Mayor Richard OBrien said, while some audience members urged the council to ban smoking in all public places. They ban smoking at pro sporting events; I don't see why we can't ban it in areas ... businesses, O'Brien said, hoping to look at more restrictions in the future.

Palo Alto mulls raising age for buying tobacco
Palo Alto Online - November 11, 2015

Wolbach, however, said adults have the right to make decisions, even "really ... Liz Williams, project manager for American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, ...

Smoking policy is on the agenda for SGA and the Academic Senate
Renegade Rip - November 11, 2015

After the student body voted two years ago to ban smoking on campus, enforcement and other issues have prevented the adoption of any policies beyond what ...

Smoking to still be allowed in cars, on sidewalk
American River Current - November 9, 2015

The committee plans to discuss how the new policy, which bans all use of tobacco products ... DiGiulio said that the ban will not be enforced in people's cars.

Navarre High student helps statewide movement against tobacco
Santa Rosa Press Gazette - November 9, 2015

Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), the statewide youth-led movement ... local policies, especially those that protect the public from secondhand smoke.

Soboba Celebrates Veterans And More
Military Technologies - November 9, 2015

Soboba Casino is honoring veterans and active ... the newest, hottest slot machines, an expansive and modern non-smoking room, ...

No more ifs, ands or cigarette butts
The Panther - November 8, 2015

Chapman could become a smoke-free campus as of Jan. 4, 2016, according to an update to the student conduct code proposed by student government Nov. 2. According to the Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, as of Oct. 2, there are at least 1,620 smoke-free campuses. As a way to get more feedback from students ...

Should e-cigarettes be taxed? Legislator thinks so
Tribble Agency (blog) - November 8, 2015

Setting aside that there is no evidence that California is faced with an e-cigarette "crisis", the notion of applying the same standards to them as with actual cigarettes is absurd. The information from high-school students was collected using anonymous bubble-sheets, so specific answers as to why younger users are trying products like e-cigarettes and the practice known as "vaping" is not given

Dan Morain: Don't hop aboard Gavin Newsom's magic bandwagon quite yet
Sacramento Bee (blog) November 6, 2015

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsoms marijuana legalization initiative seemed to be giving off the scent of inevitability last week. The initiative says people under 21 cannot legally buy marijuana. But Rachel Barry, a UC San Francisco tobacco researcher who sat on Newsoms blue ribbon commission, said the initiative authors seem to have ignored tobacco-control experts recommendations this in a state that has led the nation on anti-smoking efforts. For all the talk of protecting kids, there is nothing in the initiative that would prevent the marijuana industry from marketing to young people or any other demographic group. Nor would the initiative restrict marijuana industry sponsorship of cultural events, or product placement in movies, which have been powerful tools for the tobacco industry, and advertising restrictions are lax.

Manhattan Beach City Council tightens screws on smoking
The Daily Breeze - November 6, 2015

The City Council this week voted unanimously to move forward with the third piece of legislation approved in the past 15 months to protect the health of those within city limits by restricting the sale and use of tobacco. Council members in July 2014 banned smoking of cigarettes and e-cigarettes (also called vaporizers) in all public places. Then, last month, they voted 3-2 to nix all smoking inside and outside apartment and condominium complexes with three or more attached units. Common areas and outdoor spaces are included in that ban, which will roll out during an 18-month implementation period. If the latest law, approved on Tuesday, is finalized with a second reading on Dec. 1, tobacco retailers would have to obtain city permits at an annual cost of several hundred dollars. Tobacco products flavored with anything other than mint or menthol would have to be removed from shelves, and everyone who appears less than 30 years old would have to be carded. Permits must also be conspicuously displayed, according to the ordinance.

Adult Use of Marijuana Act Proposal Submitted in California
MyTechBits - November 6, 2015

... by adults in California while putting a 15% tax on retail sales of pot. He says ... Medical marijuana, however, would be exempt from state and local sales taxes.

Manhattan Beach, CA Looking to Add More Smoking Laws
The Cigar Authority - November 5, 2015

Over the past year the city has passed an expanded smoking ban as well as prohibited ... The measure would also ban flavored tobacco and would require store ...

La Cañada likely to move to restrict vaping
Los Angeles Times - November 5, 2015

Maria Valencia uses an electronic cigarette to vaporize a nicotine solution at ... local businesses that sell the devices to obtain and display a tobacco retail license, ... a step further by banning possession of electronic cigarettes among minors.

Hookah lounges banned in Concord
Contra Costa Times - November 4, 2015

The growing popularity of hookah smoking among young people led to the Planning ... open because they were approved before the council enacted the ban.

Nanny State out to snuff e-cigarettes
OCRegister - November 4, 2015

While superficially similar to smoking, scientific studies on e-cigarettes' effects ... to ban their use in parks, while Cerritos recently banned new e-cigarette stores.

Desert Sun letters to the editor for Nov. 4, 2015
The Desert Sun - November 4, 2015

I want to be smoke free. Nonsmokers with allergies to cannabis often are made to feel they have no rights to breathe clean air in their own apartments. Marijuana ...

UPDATE: Monterey and Carmel City Councils take on smoking ... - November 3, 2015

One of them would have banned smoking on the Municipal Wharf II in Monterey. ... On Tuesday night, both city councils will discuss ordinances that would ban ... In Monterey, the ordinance calls for banning e-cigs where smoking is already ...

RANGEL: Together we can bring back cigarettes
The Lariat (Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College) - November 3, 2015

We just need to be certain that the secondhand smoke does not detrimentally affect those in close proximity. Here is where the enforcement should lie, with designated areas for smoking, no ifs, ands or "butts." "I don't even care, I'll smoke here (fron

Pleasant Hill bans smoking in shopping centers
Contra Costa Times - November 3, 2015

The ordinance bans smoking and e-cigarettes in all commercial areas, ... the restrictions would create "one unified area where smoking will be banned in ... Mayor Ken Carlson and Councilman Michael Harris initially suggested banning smoking ... city to enact policies to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, said the ban ...

Employers and medical marijuana: Are California's anti-drug ...
JD Supra (press release ) November 3, 2015

What's an employer to do when faced with employees using marijuana in or out of ... the Fair Employment and Housing Act, Government Code § 12940 (FEHA), ...

AT A GLANCE: Highlights From California Marijuana Legalization ...
CBS Local - November 2 2015

The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously voted to ban storefront medical ... The initiative also would prevent local governments from banning pot farms and ... Smoking weed would remain off-limits in places where tobacco use already is ...

CSULB Announces Tobacco Free Campaign
Gazette Newspapers - November 1, 2015

Its possibly one of the last frontiers to go tobacco free college campuses. California State University, Long Beach, on Monday began a campus-wide smoking cessation campaign, called the Breathe Campaign and website, promoting public awareness of the health risks of exposure to smoke, including vapor from electronic cigarettes. The campus will be tobacco free in the fall semester of 2016, a release from CSULB said. Conoley said the robustness of the research, particularly of third-hand smoke (that was left in a room after smoking) is what pushed her to help make the campus ...

Californians Want E-Cigarettes to be Regulated
Highbrow Magazine - November 1, 2015

The e-cigarette is also known as a personal vaporizer, or electronic nicotine-delivery system. ... Use increase of e-cigarettes could be linked to advertising.

E-Cigarettes Are A Threat To Health According To CA Department of Health
Food World News - November 1, 2015

According to the California Department of Health, e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals that are harmful for both users and non-users alike. They are urging the local government to regulate e-cigarettes like traditional tobacco cigarettes.

Monterey considers new smoking and vaping ban
KSBW The Central Coast - October 30, 2015

"It's all based on, for smoking the known health impacts of smoking, and secondhand smoke on pedestrians, or non-smokers, as well as the unknown health ...

Sunnyvale, California City Council Considers In-Home Smoking Ban
The Heartland Institute - October 30, 2015

Sunnyvale, California lawmakers are proposing new rules that would ban smoking and e-cigarette use in public and private spaces, such as restaurants outdoor dining areas and even inside individuals apartments.

Sniping: Homeless youths' high-risk smoking practice
OCRegister - October 29, 2015

That means creating outdoor smoke-free zones, having reading material readily available on smoking cessation, training service providers to deliver smoking ...

City puts recovery homes on hold
OCRegister - October 29, 2015

They said the secondhand smoke, "erratic driving," and police activity coming from those living in the homes had a negative effect on their neighborhood.

Californians Want E-Cigarettes Regulated
San Francisco Public Press - October 28, 2015

A large majority of California's registered voters believe that electronic cigarettes lead to nicotine addiction among young people and need to be regulated, ...

California Voters Ready for E-Cigarette Regulations
University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine - October 26, 2015

Sacramento, CA. A majority of California voters support policies to regulate e-cigarettes and protect youth from becoming addicted to nicotine, according to a Field Poll released today. Over two-thirds (71%) of registered voters believe that e-cigarette products contribute to nicotine addiction among young people.

CSULB To Go Tobacco Free in 2016
Everything Long Beach (press release) - October 27, 2015

In 2013, the student body voted to institute a smoke-free policy. President Conoley established a campus task force to develop a campus tobacco and ...

Most Californians Favor Proposed E-Cigarette Regulations
KOGO - October 27, 2015

Regulation for so-called 'electronic cigarettes' may have failed to get out of the State Capitol, but a Field poll finds that most people are ready to vote for it.

Anti-Smoking Agencies Joining Forces
California Healthline - October 26, 2015

The first joint conference of three state agencies to combat tobacco use in California starts on Tuesday in Sacramento. High on the agenda will be what to do about the dramatic rise in the electronic cigarette industry -- particularly increased e-cigarette use among young Californians.

Is vaping rehabilitation or harmful?
The Inquirer - October 25, 2015

The vote in question was for a proposed amendment in the current ordinance regarding smoking e-cigarettes, or "vaping," in vape establishments. Nexus Vapor ...

BART Updates Its Signs to Warn: No Vaping
CityLab - October 22, 2015

The signs went up after the transit system approved an ordinance banning ... in line with similar county and city-level bans, and as a courtesy to passengers who have expressed a desire for a consistent and comprehensive no-smoking policy.

Marina divided on proposed medical-marijuana store
San Francisco Chronicle (subscription) - October 21, 2015

A pedestrian walks past the proposed future site for a new medical cannabis dispensary ... The group that owns Edward II, Community Housing Partnership, has ...

After debate, Yuba City bans e-cigarettes from parks
Appeal-Democrat - October 21, 2015

For the first time, opponents of a proposal to ban e-cigarettes in Yuba City parks ... In the end, the council voted unanimously to amend an ordinance banning tobacco ... that teens who use e-cigarettes are more like to start smoking tobacco.

Multi-unit smoking ban passed in Manhattan Beach
Easy Reader - October 21, 2015

Despite a last minute plea from the Manhattan Village Homeowners Association to be exempt from a ban on smoking in multi-unit residences, the city council ...

Council to Consider Changes to Orinda's Smoking Ordinances
Lamorindaweekly - October 21, 2015

The Orinda City Council has directed the city's staff to present proposals to change certain portions of the Orinda Municipal Code (OMC) that govern the sale and ...

Fairfield OK's $26204 pact that includes 'health champions'
Fairfield Daily Republic - October 21, 2015

... Solano County - to identify "health champions," educate residents about health risks and review city ordinances for county goals of tobacco-free environments ...

School District Joins Debate
Oakdale Leader - October 21, 2015
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"You don't know what that liquid holds," she said of the e-cigarette substance ... of the relationship between students' health behaviors and youth development programs. ... than marijuana, more than chew tobacco, more than traditional cigarettes. ... of an ink pen and could easily be in a student's possession while at school.


The combination of a booming industry, lack of information, concerns about long-term effects on youth,b and Reynolds Vapor Co. as a deep pocket was bound to cause enterprising mass tort lawyers to sue under California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic...

Sonoma postpones debate over smoking crackdown
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - October 20, 2015

Current regulations that ban smoking in restaurants, workplaces and city-owned facilities were approved more than two decades ago at the ballot box, which ...

NoMasButts sculpture illustrates environmental impact of cigarettes
El Tecolote - October 20, 2015

She's currently advocating for comprehensive ordinances that would place strong restrictions on outdoor smoking, which Zisser suggests would make the ..

City staff breathes sigh of relief after nearly choking on smoking ...
Sonoma Index-Tribune - October 19, 2015

Council members were set Monday night to discuss an update to the city's decades-old smoking ordinance, which to some clearly seems dated in its loose ...

Mill Valley set to adopt smoking ban for multifamily housing
Marin Independent Journal - October 18, 2015

Smokers in Mill Valley will no longer be allowed to light up in multifamily housing thanks to a new city ordinance aimed at protecting the community as a whole. Formal adoption of the ordinance is expected at the City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 26 Corte Madera Ave. The ordinance, approved on a first reading by the council on Oct. 5, will go into effect 30 days after adoption.

Sonoma eyes expanded smoking ban
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - October 18, 2015

Smoking is already prohibited in bars and restaurants, but Sonoma city officials are looking at extending the restrictions to apartment complexes, attached townhomes and outdoor spaces throughout town, including the bustling plaza.

Tribe, Black Oak Casino Resort Donate $100K to Cancer Center
Indian Country Today Media Network - October 18, 2015

Together the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians and Black Oak Casino Resort have stepped up to gift $100,000 to the new Sonora Regional Medical Centers Cancer Center, in Sonora, California.

Yuba City to ban e-cigs in parks
Appeal-Democrat October 16, 2015

The Yuba City City Council is considering banning the use of electronic cigarettes in city parks, wading into a health issue still up for debate. The council ...

Lemon Grove, California Snuffs Out E-Cigarettes
The Heartland Institute - October 15, 2015

The Lemon Grove, California City Council has expanded an existing ban on ... on Science and Health, says e-cigarette bans aren't based on scientific facts. ... "But even granting the legitimacy of banning smoking in the park, it wouldn't follow ...

SQUID FRY 10.15.15: East of Garrison…
Monterey County Weekly - October 15, 2015

Vaping, smoking pot and chewing tobacco will likewise be banned. But why stop there, Carmel? Why not ban outdoor barbecues? Or emissions-spewing classic ...

Stan Statham: My take on smoking
Red Bluff Daily News - October 15, 2015

... that the efforts this year in your legislature to raise those new taxes on those cigarettes and also to regulate those new and silly e-cigarettes have both failed.

College Notes: At Peralta Colleges, several recent awards received
Daily Democrat - October 14, 2015

She has the support of the college administration, and to further promote a healthy educational environment, Hurd has applied for a $5,000 Legacy Smoke-Free ...

Santa Clarita officially approves e-cigarette restrictions
Santa Clarita Valley Signal - October 14, 2015

Santa Clarita City Council members gave final approval this week to an ordinance that will restrict the use of electronic smoking devices, commonly referred to ...

PD Editorial: Healdsburg backs down from a fight
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - October 14, 2015

This seems to be not only an unnecessary act of genuflection to those who profit off selling cigarettes but a violation of the spirit of the state's opening meeting laws. Under the Brown Act, the city is required to publicly report action taken in closed

Pressured by tobacco industry, Healdsburg halts groundbreaking law
San Francisco Chronicle - October 14, 2015

This week, after the city was warned by a national tobacco group that its ordinance could trigger a court challenge... "This is reminiscent of what the tobacco industry did years ago when communities began passing smoking bans," said Stanton Glantz, a pr

DELAFONTAINE: Facts and truth empower a smoke-free campus
The Stanford Daily - October 14, 2015

In a letter to the editor filled with anecdotal argumentation entitled "Pity the Stanford Smoker," Mr. Ngai claims that a ban on outdoor smoking on campus would limit the liberty of smokers and that we should not worry as smoking is but one of many dumb

Letter: Smokers are choking downtown Glendale
Glendale News-Press - October 14, 2015

...if we truly want to make this city walkable and family friendly we cannot keep allowing the copious amount of smoking and smokers to ruin our streets and force secondhand smoke on the rest of us. ...

Seniors fired up about smoking issue
Half Moon Bay Review - October 14, 2015

SamTrans has taken steps to eliminate smoking at its bus stop near the Coastside Adult ... Last October, the Review reported that an apartment smoking ban for ...

Healdsburg suspends its over-21 requirement for buying tobacco
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - October 13, 2015

Healdsburg is suspending its groundbreaking law that raised the minimum age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21 years of age, in order to avoid a costly legal battle that it might lose. Threatened with litigation by a tobacco retailers' association, the cit

California lawmakers do what Major League Baseball couldn't accomplish, ban tobacco chewing
Associated Press - October 13, 2015

Major League Baseball still needs buy-in from the players, however, because the statewide ban that takes effect before next season has no provision for enforcement. "The question we've been asked is are we going to have police officers walking around ch

Manhattan Beach City Council delays multiunit smoking ban, fights ...
Beach Reporter - October 11, 2015

The Manhattan Beach City Council pulled the anticipated multiunit smoking ban, approved by Council at the second meeting in September by a vote of 32, from Tuesdays consent calendar. Councilwoman Amy Howorth made the request to bring it back in two weeks and directed staff to continue discussions with the Manhattan Village Homeowners Association regarding their concerns.

CA Bans Smokeless Tobacco at MLB Parks
Breitbart News - October 10, 2015

California politicians want Major League Baseball players to quit chewing tobacco so badly that they made the decision for them. A person shall not use or possess a smokeless tobacco product at any time on the playing field of a baseball stadium, reads legislation signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on Monday. Smokeless tobacco includes chew, dip, and snuff. The spittoon in the old governors office in the state capitol suggests that Browns predecessors in Sacramento indulgedand indoors. But the relationship between politicians and tobacco has, well, evolved.

Commentary: Should Apartment Buildings Be Smoke-Free? - October 9, 2015

A former Marine I know has been living in a six-unit apartment building in Van Nuys, in L.A.s San Fernando Valley, for about four years. The rent is reasonable, the neighborhood is diverse, and the landlord is helpful. But this man has a problem, which is why he just called me. His next-door neighbor smokes.

New smoking laws taking shape
Daily Democrat - October 8, 2015

Following up on previous discussions of whether to limit tobacco use, officials are eyeing new rules that would prohibit smokers from lighting up in outdoor dining areas, events on city property and recreation spots such as parks and trails. But lawmakers stopped short this week of recommending a comprehensive ban that would curb smoking at all public events, sidewalks or common areas of multifamily housing -- a move that could dramatically raise the failing grade Orinda received this year from the American Lung Association for its efforts to regulate indoor and outdoor smoking.

Anti-tobacco activists want Angels Camp to go smoke free
Calaveras Enterprise - October 8, 2015

It may not be long before Angels Camp becomes a smoke-free city, at least if a handful of Angels Camp business owners, community leaders and high school students have anything to say about it. I joined Teens Against Tobacco because I babysit, and its hard to take the kids to the park without them picking up cigarette butts, said Ashley Hibdon, a Bret Harte student and Teens Against Tobacco member.

Tobacco retailers take aim at Healdsburg's ban on under-21 sales
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - October 9, 2015

When Healdsburg representatives decided a year ago to become the first city in California to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21 years old, there were warnings that it could trigger a legal challenge from the tobacco industry. Sure enough, city officials were recently put on notice by a tobacco retailers association to rescind their groundbreaking ordinance, with the challengers saying that state law preempts local governments from raising the legal age above the state-established minimum of 18.

Carmel still needs public hearing for smoking ban
Monterey County Herald - October 7, 2015

Carmel >> While Carmel's smoking ban ordinance isn't officially on the books, it appears likely to become official. The City Council, with one councilmember ...

Carmel looks to ban smoking entirely within city limits - October 7, 2015

The mayor of Carmel thinks the ban is a positive enforcement on the community. ... 84 other California communities have banned smoking entirely, and Burnett ..

Council urged to consider smoke-free Angels Camp
Sonora Union Democrat - October 8, 2015

Because of the orientation of the city, its tall buildings and narrow pathways, cigarette smoke - from as little as a few smokers walking down the street - can become trapped, ultimately altering the air quality. Reesman said, in many instances, smoke ...

New smoking laws taking shape
Daily Democrat - October 8, 2015

Following up on previous discussions of whether to limit tobacco use, officials ... limiting sales to minors and limiting distribution of things like free tobacco because of the ... Bans on smokeless tobacco products such as electronic cigarettes were also ... is ... to convey to our youth, to discourage cigarette smoking," said Worth.

Billionaire Steyer To Fund California Cigarette Tax Effort
Capital Public Radio News - October 7, 2015

It would raise the tax on cigarettes by two dollars a pack - and start taxing e-cigarettes too. "We think this is a classic David and Goliath issue," says billionaire ...

San Mateo takes aim at secondhand smoke: City restricts smoking, considers new electronic cigarettes retailer permit rules
San Mateo Daily Journal - October 7, 2015

Whether it's traditional tobacco, medical marijuana or the increasingly popular electronic cigarettes, the San Mateo City Council is seeking to enact stricter regulations to deter unwanted exposure to secondhand smoke.

Manhattan Beach council opposes desal plant in El Segundo
Easy Reader - October 7, 2015

The passage of the city's ban on smoking in multi-unit housing was put on hold at the request of the Manhattan Village Homeowners Association. As the law ...

Proposed California Marijuana Initiative Allows Cannabis Cafés
Reason (blog) - October 6, 2015

The implication is that consumption in private businesses would be legal (subject to existing restrictions on smoking) as long as the owner says it's OK.

Opinion: Vaping shouldn't be a part of the smoking ban
American River Current - October 6, 2015

An American River College student takes a hit from his vaporizer. Vaping, along with smoking, will be banned at ARC starting on Jan. 1.

Bakersfield College Recognizes 30th Year of Board of Governors ...
KERO 23ABC News - October 6, 2015

Students & staff at Bakersfield College to vote on campus smoking ban. Copyright ... Students & staff at Bakersfield College to vote on campus smoking ban.

City agendas: Pacific Grove to address short-term vacation rentals ...
Monterey County Herald - October 5, 2015

The City Council will discuss a proposed ordinance restricting smoking in the city at ... Smoking would be prohibited within 30 feet of all exterior walls or façades ...

Stephanie Nathan: Limiting smoking in homes improves health for all
Merced Sun-Star - October 5, 2015

Re the blog "Anxiety grows among smokers in public housing with new tobacco free rule" (Sept. 26, Smoke-free multi-unit housing is ...

ReformCA Files California Marijuana Legalization Initiative
The Daily Chronic - October 5, 2015

The California Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, also known as ReformCA, has filed a draft marijuana legalization initiative with state officials, the group announced Sunday. The long-anticipated move means the campaign best-placed to bring legalization to the Golden State can finally get underway.

Housing Advisory Commission passes recommendations regulating short-term rentals
Daily Californian - October 4, 2015

One council guideline stipulated that hosts should notify neighbors before renting out, but the commission decided that pre-existing ordinances already address nuisance behavior regulations. For instance, a passed proposal would require hosts to fill out standardized forms to provide information about city regulations that would apply to guests, including Berkeleys noise ordinance, smoking regulations and social host ordinance, among others.

Marin public meetings: Oct. 5-9
Marin Independent Journal - October 3, 2015

Mill Valley: City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall, 26 Corte Madera Ave. Website: The council will hold a public hearing to discuss extending a no-smoking ordinance to include multi-unit residences.

Bishop City Council hears many issues
Sierra Wave - October 3, 2015

A new business, a vaping lounge scheduled to open in a few days, was brought to the Councils attention two weeks ago and was the topic of a presentation made by Inyo Countys Health and Human Services April Egan. Egan focused on the health issues of e-cigarettes, regulated as a tobacco product and restricted to those over 18 as well as whatever unrestricted substances can also be vaped.

Westwood Village unveils plan for smokers to snuff it and stuff it
Los Angeles Times - October 3, 2015

On a recent sun-gilded afternoon in Westwood, smokers andnonsmokers alike welcomed the pilot program. I think it's a great thing, said Jesse Torrilhon, 39, ...

Woman burned by exploding e-cigarette battery awarded $1.9 million
Los Angeles Times - October 1, 2015

After plugging the device into the car's charger, liquid started dripping from the battery, she said. The car filled with a smell like nail polish remover. Then, with a loud bang, the battery exploded.

Letter to Stanford University on Tobacco Use Policies
The Stanford Daily - October 1, 2015

Most recently, at a March 5, 2015 Stanford Faculty Senate meeting, a faculty proposal to make Stanford a smoke-free campus was derailed and referred to ...

Stones Gambling Hall Introduces First-Of-Its-Kind Limit Poker ... - October 1, 2015

Stones Gambling Hall provides its guests with a smoke-free environment and features amenities that include comfortable gaming seats and tables, tableside ...

Beyond Vape Looking To Open Haight Street Location
Hoodline - October 1, 2015

Beyond Vape, a national chain of electronic cigarette retailers, is eyeing the ... Francisco businesses, and will have to seek conditional-use authorization to open ...

Ban would restrict community members from exercising their right to ...
The Occidental Weekly - September 30, 2015

For a typical non-smoking student, Occidental's proposed campus-wide ban on ... faculty and staff choose to smoke on a regular basis - banning smoking on ...

California's vape havens: Bay Area model for social cannabis use
The Cannabist - September 30, 2015

Several San Francisco medical cannabis dispensaries offer, to varying ... where anti-cannabis housing-ordinance evictions are growing in rapid pace with the ...

Supervisors vote to ban e-cigs in public places
Davis Enterprise - September 30, 2015

WOODLAND - Yolo County supervisors on Tuesday voted to ban the use of e-cigarettes in most public places, following in the footsteps of the cities of Davis ...
Report: California's Adult Smoking Rate Dropped by 50% Since 1988
California Healthline - September 30, 2015

The percentage of California adults who smoke has been cut by more than half since the state launched its Tobacco Control Program in 1988, according to a report by the state Department of Public Health, the Sacramento Bee's "Capitol Alert" reports. However, the use of electronic cigarettes increased significantly, particularly among individuals between ages 18 and 24, according to the

Rural Leaders Advised on Vaping Danger
Kitsap Sun - September 30, 2015

The array of possible health risks for rural Californians includes a relatively new entrant: electronic cigarette use, particularly among school-age children. The possible health risks related to electronic cigarette use was a topic of concern when representatives from 34 rural California counties gathered last week for their association's annual conference.

Natomas ARC Campus to be Smoke Free in '16
Natomas Buzz - September 30, 2015

American River College campuses will be smoke-, tobacco- and vapor-free with a target start date of Jan. 1, 2016.

Suisun asks residents for input to make healthier town
Fairfield Daily Republic - September 30, 2015

When it came to smoke-free environments, participants mostly supported seeing parks, the recreation center and the sports complex made smoke-free because ...

Local Assembly member proposes e-cigarette regulation
The Galt Herald - September 30, 2015

State Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) recently introduced a bill that seeks to change the way that e-cigarettes are marketed toward the public, especially minors. Assembly Bill X2-6, if passed, will require companies to label e-cigarettes as a nicotine product in California, making it illegal to sell to consumers under age 18.

County puts ban in place on electronic cigarettes
Daily Democrat - September 29, 2015

Yolo County Supervisor Matt Rexroad of District 3 said he knew he would not win another argument on a countywide ban of the use of electronic cigarettes. So he voted against the approval of any new ordinance at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday in Woodland the sole holdout among his counterparts in the 4-1 decision. Rexroad noted that he has never smoked a cigarette or a cigar in his life, but argued he had seen the redeeming qualities of electronic cigarettes first-hand. E-cigarettes, he said, actually help some people give up the habit of smoking traditional cigarettes, which he sees as a viable option for those who choose to pursue it.

Tobacco-free campus campaign update
The Panther - September 29, 2015

"We would love to make it a 100 percent smoke-free campus… I see other institutions and I feel that we are very far behind any kind of legislations like that on ...

Valley Fire Victims Getting Free Pot
SFist - September 29, 2015

Those affected by the fire, in addition to getting stoned via free vape-pen cartridges and other products, can also apply for federal government assistance here.

Campus adapts to smoking ban
Sonoma State University Star - September 28, 2015

Sonoma State University officially went smoke free July 1, and the campus community has been trying to adapt ever since. The policy includes smokeless tobacco and e-cigarette products, such as vapor cigarettes, and extends to off-campus sites under unive...

California anti-smoking drive cut rates in half
Sacramento Bee - September 29, 2015

Smoking in California has dropped by more than 50 percent since the state launched its Tobacco Control Program in 1988, according to a Department of Public Health report. In 1988, the report says, 23.7 per cent of California adults were puffing away, but by 2013, it had dropped to 11.7 percent, the second lowest (to Utah) of any state. However, there are very large discrepancies in smoking rates by gender, age, ethnicity and geography. And the report notes the sharp increase in use of electronic cigarettes, approaching the use of conventional smokes in the 18-24 age bracket...

Moderate Assembly Democrats emerge as powerful pro-business ...
Daily Democrat - September 28, 2015

The group also blocked efforts to regulate electronic cigarettes and increase the legal smoking age to 21. It wasn't until the end of the session that the true power ...

San Jose Seeks Greater Local Control over Sober Living Homes
San Jose Inside (blog) - September 28, 2015

The lawsuit filed by residents of Newport Beach claimed that too many sober living facilities caused second-hand smoke, noise and traffic. But a judge ruled that ...

Anxiety grows among smokers in public housing with new tobacco ...
Merced Sun-Star (blog) - September 25, 2015

According to the notice that tenants received from the housing authority, a violation of the tobacco-free policy will be considered a violation of the residential ...

Local assemblyman proposes regulations for e-cigarettes
Elk Grove Citizen - September 25, 2015

Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) recently introduced a bill that seeks to change the way that e-cigarettes are marketed toward the public, especially minors. Assembly Bill X2-6, if passed, will require companies to label e-cigarettes as a nicotine product in California, making it illegal to sell to consumers under age 18.

Heated debate ends with a total smoking ban at the OC Fair
Daily Pilot - September 24, 2015

Following a debate marked by profanity, personal attacks and harassment accusations, the Orange County Fair Board agreed Thursday to ban smoking at the annual summer fair and other fairground-organized events.

Tobacco Retailer License Still Possible in Sonoma County, Calif. September 23, 2015

The proposed licensing fee and other changes-including a reclassification of ... as tobacco products and a $7 minimum price for a pack of cigarettes-are ...


SWAC petition calls for tobacco-free campus
The Occidental Weekly - September 23, 2015

... join a movement of colleges and universities with the 100 percent smoke-free policies supported by the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation (ANRF).

California pushes to marry smoking with drinking age
The Corsair - September 23, 2015

SMC became a smoke-free campus in 2007, save three designated smoke spots on the perimeter of the main campus. Even though the tax would set the price ...

Council moves ahead with e-cigarette regulations
Santa Clarita Valley Signal - September 22, 2015

Santa Clarita City Council members voted Tuesday to move ahead with a new ordinance that would more tightly restrict the use of electronic smoking devices, ...

Sonoma County supervisors delay tobacco law vote again
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - September 22, 2015

Under the proposed ordinance first unveiled in April, the county would ... one of the most comprehensive smoking ordinances in California, drew sharp criticism .

Housing authority in Merced County adopts smoke-free policy
Merced Sun-Star - September 22, 2015

...adopted a smoke-free policy banning smoking indoors and in outdoor common areas on its properties. The rule will go into effect Jan. 1 for all current residents, but has been in effect, as of Sept. 1, for new and transfer tenants, according to Housing...

Affirmed Housing Group Grand Opens Paseo Pointe, Family ...
PR Newswire (press release ) September 22, 2015

The Vista Community Clinic will also present the project with a Smoke-Free Champion Award. With abundant amenities, a central location near mass transit, ...

Council Set to Adopt e-Cig Restrictions Tuesday - September 21, 2015

The upshot is that under the draft ordinance, "smoking" (defined as holding, carrying, burning, emitting, inhaling or exhaling) e-cigarettes would be prohibited ...

Manhattan Beach City Council approves ban on smoking in multiunit housing with 3-2 vote
Beach Reporter - September 18, 2015

By a vote of 3-2, the Manhattan Beach City Council determined Tuesday that the citys priority lies in protecting the nonsmokers by introducing an ordinance that will ban smoking in multiunit housingdefined as those with three or more attached units, including rental properties and common interest complexes. Mayor Pro Tem Tony DErrico and Councilman David Lesser dissented on the motion made by Councilwoman Amy Howorth. Representatives from the Surfrider Foundation, Blue Zones Livability, the American Heart Association, Smoke Free Air for Everyone and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network attended the meeting to congratulate the council on making strides toward a healthier community. Upon approval of the second reading of the ordinance, the ban is expected to take effect in November. There will be an 18-month period to educate landlords and HOAs about the change, give them time to update documents, and provide written notice to tenants and homeowners that will allow smokers leases to expire so they can either move into a duplex, house or relocate to another city.

Student government proposes tobacco-free campus campaign
The Panther - September 18, 2015

It might be difficult to make it smoke-free completely because there is no enforcement of the policy, therefore smoke-free zones are a more viable option, he ...

Chewing, snuff tobacco banned at sports venues
Daily Trojan Online - September 17, 2015

The upcoming game against Stanford on Saturday in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will be one of the last before new health restrictions take effect. On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the Los Angeles City Council voted 14-0 to ban smokeless tobacco at all Los Angeles sporting venues, including those for youth. The restriction will commence by Jan. 2016, following in the footsteps of similar bans on cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

Manhattan Beach City Council approves ban on smoking in multiunit ...
Beach Reporter - September 17, 2015

Does a move to prohibit all indoor and outdoor smoking at apartments and ... about multiunit housing was that smoke seeps through the ventilation systems.

Can a Tenant Be Evicted for Using Medical Marijuana?
JD Supra (press release) - September 17, 2015

The law protects both these individuals and their "primary caregivers," i.e., those who've consistently assisted the user in housing, health, or safety issues.

El Cerrito enacts license and new restrictions on tobacco retailers
Santa Cruz County Sentinel - September 16, 2015

A licensing program for stores selling tobacco products that was enacted Tuesday by the City Council contains a ban on sales of flavored tobaccos that are alleged to lure young people into becoming smokers. The rules also limit new tobacco retailers at

City holds first reading of e-cigarette regulations - Restrictions to ...
Gonzales Tribune - September 16, 2015

At the conclusion of the presentation, city staff was provided with direction to prepare and bring back an ordinance regulating electronic smoking device use in ...

City Council Votes to Place New Restrictions on Sale of Tobacco ... - September 16, 2015

The Berkeley City Council voted to place new restrictions on the sale of tobacco products ... Several options to restrict tobacco sales near schools were debated at Tuesday night's ... Smoking is "fundamentally a pediatric disease," she said.

The lowdown on Tuesday's City Council meeting
Berkeleyside - September 15, 2015

TOBACCO AND NICOTINE SALES LIMITS Council is set to vote on new rules to require retailers selling electronic cigarettes and cartridges to be licensed, and ...

Californians Might Sell $2 Billion in Legal Weed In Year One
East Bay Express - September 16, 2015

(Colorado has generated more than $100 million in sales taxes as well.) ... tribe agreed to charge the state's excise tax to non-tribal customers on tribal lands.

City Council approves property ordinance that will enforce removal ...
Chico Enterprise-Record - September 15, 2015

The ordinance's discussion brought a total of 51 public speakers in front of the ... adding that the ordinance was not a solution and ordinances of its kind have been ... of alcohol, smoking - including using electronic smoking devices - graffiti, ...
Campus Viewpoints : Smoking Ban
El Camino College Union - September 15, 2015

"I'm kinda of in the middle of the smoking ban. I see people smoke and I can't do anything about it. I don't do it but we should keep the campus clean.

Smoking ban should be gone or modified
El Camino College Union - September 15, 2015

Finally we'll compare it to other bans on campus. Smoking may be banned on campus, but if a police officer walks by a smoker, they cannot give them a ticket ...

Associated Students meeting wrap-up
Daily Sundial - September 14, 2015

CSUN Associated Students further solidified its stance on providing a smoke ... of a wider effort by the California State University system to ban tobacco use on ...

The vape debate: Is it good or bad for Orange County to be the Silicon Valley of vaping?
OCRegister - September 14, 2015

Randy Freer is all in on the vaping business, even if he worries that pending laws and regulations could make him go bust. And yet another study published last month by JAMA Pediatrics found that young people who Vape are more likely to start smoking cigarettes. As an organization we are very concerned in having another generation addicted to nicotine, said Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers Rights. Vape business owners say they are concerned, too.

The vape debate: Is it good or bad for Orange County to be the Silicon Valley of vaping?
OCRegister - September 14, 2015

Randy Freer is all in on the vaping business, even if he worries that pending laws and regulations could make him go bust. And yet another study published last month by JAMA Pediatrics found that young people who Vape are more likely to start smoking cigarettes. As an organization we are very concerned in having another generation addicted to nicotine, said Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers Rights. Vape business owners say they are concerned, too.

California lawsuit alleges cancer risk in Vuse electronic cigarette
Winston-Salem Journal - September 13, 2015

A potential class-action lawsuit has been filed in California against a subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc., claiming that use of top-selling electronic cigarette Vuse exposes smokers to significant amounts of harmful carcinogens.

San Mateo smoking rules get more stringent
San Francisco Examiner - September 13, 2015

Thus far, no council members have voiced opposition to the rules, which would also expand the town's secondhand smoke ordinance to include e-cigarettes, ...

Modesto looks to ban smoking at transportation center, bus stops
Modesto Bee - September 12, 2015

The city is considering banning smoking at its Modesto Transportation Center in downtown and at its 800 bus stops. The City Councils Safety and Communities Committee is scheduled to hear the proposal at its Monday meeting. The proposal is part of an update to the city code that regulates smoking. The update would ban the use of e-cigarettes, vaping and medical marijuana.

California lawmakers fail to act on several anti-tobacco bills
Los Angeles Times - September 12, 2015

Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), who also had a bill to regulate e-cigarettes, has complained that the tobacco industry generally has too much sway in the Capitol ...

California smoking age raise, e-cigarette regulations stall
Sacramento Bee - September 12, 2015

Proposals to hike Californias tobacco-buying age to 21 and regulate electronic cigarettes did not get an Assembly floor vote before the legislative session concluded on Friday.

Sunnyvale considers expanding smoking ban to multi-family housing
San Jose Mercury News - September 11, 2015

The city's proposals are to eliminate smoking from all outdoor dining areas and from within 20 feet of doors and windows of buildings where smoking is already prohibited, such as offices, grocery stores, restaurants and places of worship. In addition, the proposals seek to ban smoking in outdoor common areas of multi-family housing and even inside apartment units and condominiums ...

Updated policy bans vaping on campus
Golden Gate Xpress - September 10, 2015

As clouds of vaporized nicotine syrup from e-cigarettes have risen across the country, so have concerns about potential negative health effects. SF States new smoking policy will ban their use on campus beginning Sept. 8.

Laws are saving lives by discouraging smoking
San Diego Union-Tribune - September 10, 2015

The San Diego region has a proud history of leadership in protecting kids and families from tobacco and secondhand smoke. The city of San Diego was the first in California to prohibit tobacco product displays near candy and other kid-friendly items. Solana Beach was the first community in the nation to make its beaches smoke-free. More recently, a majority of our local cities have already enacted laws to regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco products.

How One Area Is Helping Its Residents Live Longer
Forbes - September 10, 2015

Smoking rates were high. ... BCHD was integral in the passage of a comprehensive outdoor smoking ban in Hermosa Beach and in initiatives to make streets ...

Government watch
San Mateo Daily Journal - September 10, 2015

The San Mateo City Council voted Tuesday night to proceed with a more stringent smoking ordinance. The council unanimously approved drafting a new law ...

South County cities 'struggling' over sober living homes
OCRegister - September 9, 2015

... Costa Mesa passed ordinances regulating their presence, in 2008 and 2014, respectively. ... "They spent 10 million dollars on an ordinance that can be challenged ... and established quiet hours, parking and smoking areas and van routes.

$100k brick wall built behind Humanities building to house dumpster ...
The Daily Titan - September 9, 2015

It is common knowledge that smokers used to spend time behind the Humanities building, even after the smoking ban went into effect in August 2013. The lack ...

RJ Reynolds Latest Co. Hit With False Ad Suit Over E-Cig Risks ($$)
Law360 - September 9, 2015

RJ Reynolds Vapor Co. has failed to warn California consumers that electronic cigarettes contain carcinogens, according to a proposed class action filed Tuesday in federal court that follows a similar suit launched earlier this month against Imperial Toba...

Councilwoman wants smoking banned in downtown Pleasanton ...
Pleasanton Weekly - September 9, 2015

City Councilwoman Karla Brown wants to ban smoking in downtown Pleasanton and in all ... joined the cities of Danville, Dublin, Livermore and San Ramon in banning smoking in all public parks. ... Downtown area smoking bans aren't new.

California's 'training wheels' for young adults
Ceres Courier - September 9, 2015

It clearly states smoking marijuana has the same issues with toxics, irritants, and ... In short, smoke is extremely bad for your lungs whether it is from burning ...

Los Angeles City Council Ends Smokeless Tobacco Use At Sports ...
Virtual Press Office (press release) - September 8, 2015

The proposed ordinance has the support of the Los Angeles Dodgers, ... All three ordinances are expected to be in place before the 2016 season (San ... to 2013 (from 10 percent to 11.1 percent), even as smoking rates dropped significantly.

Selma limits storefront ads - September 8, 2015

New restrictions on storefront advertising were put into place in Selma. ... The City of Selma believed storefront ads for alcohol, cigarettes and sugary drinks ... going to reduce the advertising of, say, tobacco and alcohol advertising to minors."

City Council Votes In Favor To Ban Smokeless Tobacco At All Sports ...
CBS Local - September 8, 2015

The L.A. Dodgers fully support the L.A. City Tobacco ordinance and campaign for tobacco-free kids." Under the ordinance, city officials aim to reduce the number ...

California lawmakers face major policy bills in this last week
Los Angeles Times - September 8, 2015

Outstanding issues include regulation of medical marijuana and electronic cigarettes, slashing gas use in the state and allowing physicians to prescribe ...

Davis extends smoking ban to some public areas
Daily Democrat - September 5, 2015

Smokers wont be able to light up in the city of Daviss downtown plaza and some other public places under an expanded ban. A long-standing rule prohibited smoking within 20 feet of eating areas, public entryways and other outdoor areas. Council members on Tuesday unanimously extended those restrictions to parks, recreational areas and the downtown plaza. In San Rafael, smoking is banned in multi-family housing units. ... California regulations ban smoking within 25 feet of a children's play area or 20 feet from the ...

Davis, CA Ban Smoking Downtown
The Cigar Authority - September 4, 2015

This week the City Council in Davis, California which is located just outside of Sacramento voted to ban smoking in parks as well as the main plaza downtown.

E-cigarette study could propel law: Sen. Mark Leno seeks to classify vapor cigs as tobacco product
San Mateo Daily Journal - September 3, 2015

A new study that health advocates say proves electronic cigarettes contain cancer-causing chemicals could help boost legislative efforts to regulate... Yet e-cigarette industry advocates argue the scientific testing of e-cigarettes needs to be refined an

Tulare County bans electronic cigarettes
Fresno Business Journal - September 3, 2015

Tulare County has become the first municipality in the Valley to pass an ordinance banning the use of electronic cigarettes in or near county property.The push ...

Davis bans smoking in parks, other public areas
Sacramento Bee - September 2, 2015

City Council votes unanimously for smoking ban in parks, plazas, recreation areas / Several other cities in the state already have passed such bans / Davis now looking at banning smoking in private homes that are part of multifamily housing units...

Costa Mesa council backs law limiting smoking lounges' activities
Daily Pilot - September 2, 2015

...15 for a second vote, also expands the anti-smoking ban in public facilities and parks ... Smoking lounges should be banned, as they are in Irvine and Newport ...

Lemon Grove nixes electronic cigarette smoking
The San Diego Union-Tribune - September 2, 2015

LEMON GROVE - Electronic cigarette smoking will now be regulated the same way other tobacco uses are regulated in Lemon Grove. The Lemon Grove City ...

Costa Mesa bans vaping in public parks, regulates smoking lounges
OCRegister - September 2, 2015

Costa Mesa bans vaping in public parks, regulates smoking lounges ... Costa Mesa staff has said the public park vaping ban updates the city's smoking laws to ...

Breathing Fresh Air In Rancho Cordova
FOX40 - September 2, 2015

Nearly all public areas in Rancho Cordova are now 100 percent smoke and Tobacco free. The City Council has made it so so smoking in many public places is ...

Dr. Frank Staggers Jr.: California tobacco bill will save lives, dollars
Chico Enterprise-Record - September 1, 2015

New research from the National Institute for Health shows that teens who tried e-cigarettes were more than twice as likely to start smoking. The percentage of ...

GREENWALD: Does Proposed Extension of the Smoking Ban Unfairly Target Homeless Populations?
The People's Vanguard of Davis (CA) - September 1, 2015

When we talk about banning smoking in public parks, greenbelts, publicly owned spaces and the E Street Plaza - are we effectively targeting homeless people who use those spots, at least during the day, to sit and occupy? Are we effectively trying to ban h

Bay Area's Best Medical Cannabis Lounge Goes Cannabis-Free
East Bay Express - September 1, 2015

A home to many cannabis community events and meet-ups, it's among the Bay ... Smoking in public places, such as parks or sidewalks, remains prohibited.

Remembering Laurel Bowl in San Luis Obispo
The San Luis Obispo Tribune - August 31, 2015

... owner of Colombo's Back Door, the attached bar and restaurant, said the city's 1990 anti-smoking ordinance drove bowlers away and ruined the business.

Today in Sacramento: Here's what you need to know for Tuesday
Sacramento Bee - August 31, 2015

The Davis City Council will review an ordinance extending the city's smoking ban to public parks, greenbelts and open spaces used for passive or active ...

Bill to regulate e-cigarettes clears California legislative hurdle
Ledger Gazette - August 31, 2015

Earlier, a bill to raise Californias cigarette tax by $2 per pack was introduced in the state Senate, a hike that supporters say would curb smoking deaths and critics argue would place an unnecessary burden on consumers and small businesses. California is looking to restore its reputation for agenda-setting tobacco regulation with measures to raise the smoking age to 21, triple per-pack taxes and regulate e-cigarettes the same as conventional products.

Cigarette tax: California voters overwhelmingly back $2-a-pack increase
Bulletin Leader - August 31, 2015

The legislation will also make sure e-cigarettes are covered under the 1994 Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement (STAKE) Act, which has successfully reduced illegal sales of cigarettes to children. Leno has said he expects it to have a better chance of passing this time around. Dr. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, is sponsoring the brand new invoice that might increase the price of a pack of cigarettes by $2 a measure just like his invoice that stalled within the Legislature earlier this yr. He famous that Californias present 87-cent-per-pack tobacco tax makes the state 33rd within the nation, far under New York, which expenses a tax of . Tobacco companies spent heavily to defeat two other tax-increase proposals in the last decade and this summer successfully killed several pieces of legislation seeking to increase tobacco regulations.

In the wake of new policies, USC needs to be smoke-free
Daily Trojan Online - August 30, 2015

On Aug. 27, the California Senate approved a package of six bills restricting tobacco use. Most notable of the six was a motion to raise the smoking age in the state from 18 to 21, which would directly affect students on college campuses. Due to the many health hazards associated with cigarettes, universities, especially USC, should echo these anti-tobacco measures. Since 2011, the adoption of tobacco-free campuses has rapidly increased. In October 2011, only 586 college campuses reported entirely smoke-free policies. According to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, as of July 2015, 1,577 campuses are completely smoke-free. ...

Toughened smoking ban falls short in Hermosa Beach, Council to reconsider it within two months
Beach Reporter - August 30, 2015

Electronic cigarettes arent illegal in Hermosa Beach. Yet. The City Council on Tuesday stopped short of banning the liquid nicotine vaporizing devices and imposing a new tax on tobacco retailers to discourage illegal tobacco sales to minors. Instead, the city will study the issue for the next few months and reconsider ways to dissuade the Hermosa Beach youngsters from picking up the habit.

Editorial: Raise California's tobacco tax, regulate e-cigs
Fresno Bee - August 30, 2015

There are lots of good reasons to raise Californias tax on tobacco, not the least of which is that when cigarettes are more expensive, fewer kids smoke. More than 470 brands of electronic cigarettes now crowd the market in more than 7,700 flavors from Captain Crunch to Atomic Fireball to cotton candy.

Bill passed to regulate e-cigarette as a tobacco product
Bel Marra Health - August 29, 2015

People thinking that their e-cigarettes are safe, might have to think again. On Thursday, the California State Senate passed a bill to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products.

EDITORIAL: Raise the tobacco tax, regulate e-cigs
Sacramento (CA) Bee - August 28, 2015

The tobacco industry has pulled out all the stops to protect its investment in the e-cig market and to prevent the law from treating e-cigarettes like other tobacco products. As the tobacco tax proceeds, there surely will be pressure to leave e-cigarette

CSULB Welcomes With Convocation
Gazette Newspapers - August 28, 2015

One of the signature accomplishments Conoley said she was looking forward to is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus by August 2016. A task force has helped ...

AS President makes plans to bring USD community together
USD Vista - August 28, 2015

18, USD became a Smoking and Tobacco-Free Campus. The initiative started through AS, and set up programs through the Health and Wellness Center to ...

California Senate passes Mark Leno's E-cigarette bill
LGBT Weekly - August 27, 2015

The Senate today, as part of the Legislature's extraordinary session on health, passed legislation calling for new statewide regulations on electronic cigarettes. SB X2-5, authored by Sen. Mark Leno, protects the public against exposure to e-cigarettes b

California Senate advances vaping, smoking regulation bills
AP - Associated Press - August 27, 2015

Democratic lawmakers advanced a package of tobacco regulation bills on Thursday, reviving proposals that earlier stalled in the Legislature amid opposition from tobacco companies. They include measures to raise the age for buying tobacco products to 21 an

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Support for Senator Mark Leno's Bill to Protect Children From E-Cigarettes
California Attorney General's Office - August 27, 2015

...announced her support for SBX2 5, legislation authored by Senator Mark Leno to protect children and youth from the harmful effects of electronic cigarettes. The bill ensures that e-cigarettes are included in existing laws that prevent underage smoking an...

Fairgrounds' smoking policy gets mixed reaction
Daily Pilot - August 27, 2015

The limited-smoking policy at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa seems to have earned ... Smoking-ban opponents Mike and Jeanine Robbins, who own Paradise ...

California Senate will vote on six anti-tobacco bills Thursday
Los Angeles Times - August 27, 2015

The bills were fast-tracked this week through a Senate committee... By putting new but identical bills through a special session on healthcare, supporters of the bills are bypassing the Assembly Governmental Organization, which had gutted the e-cigarette

Toughened smoking ban falls short in Hermosa Beach
The Daily Breeze - August 26, 2015

Smoking other things may be a problem in Hermosa Beach but I don't ... on cigarettes in most public places to include electronic cigarettes and ...

Berkeley City Council considers raising legal age for purchasing ...
Daily Californian - August 26, 2015

Berkeley was one of the first cities in the United States to ban the use of tobacco ... Arreguin noted that individuals who began smoking before they were 18 were ...

Planned Napa respite care center stalls amid neighbors' fears
Napa Valley Register - August 26, 2015

Controlled substances, tobacco and alcohol would be banned, and admissions and ... Even the home's proposed smoking ban and restrictive visitor policy could ...

Councilman Proposes Increasing Buying Age for Tobacco to 21 - August 26, 2015

Berkeley City Councilman Jesse Arreguin proposed Tuesday to ban the sale of ... Noting that Berkeley banned the use of e-cigarettes in public places earlier this ... smoking and increasing the age for buying cigarettes would be another step.".

County Approves New Vaping Restrictions
Santa Barbara Independent - August 26, 2015

... Tobacco Product and Electronic Smoking Device Control Ordinance, which place ... and vapes under the same restrictions as conventional smoking devices.

Cannabis Companies Ramp Up Education Efforts
East Bay Express - August 26, 2015

Even in the cannabis-savvy Bay Area, plenty of new patients, including seniors, are just now beginning to try tinctures, topicals, and vape pens, and they want to ...

Butte County supervisors back adding e-cigarettes to anti-smoking ...
Oroville Mercury Register - August 25, 2015

The current policy bars smoking in workplaces and public indoor spaces. The rules were ... The Chico City Council approved an e-cigarette ban during its Aug.

Health advocates shape a different message for youths as vaping ...
OCRegister - August 25, 2015

California banned the sale of e-cigarettes to minors in 2011. ... What she doesn't mention is that she's promoting a brand, Blu, owned by a tobacco company. Cigarette advertising was banned from the airwaves 45 years ago, but there's no ... that would ban use of them in public or require licensing of stores that sell them.

Tobacco Bills Headed for Senate Floor
Kitsap Sun - August 25, 2015

Bill Monning (D-Carmel) would add hotel lobbies, small businesses, break rooms and tobacco retailers to the list of smoke-free workplaces;. Beall's bill does not ...

Banishing a smoky situation
Spartan Daily - August 25, 2015

According to the survey, 72.6 percent of respondents were students and a total of 64.2 percent of participants voted to make SJSU a smoke-free campus.

California Could Ban Smokeless Tobacco In Pro Baseball
Capital Public Radio News - August 25, 2015

California Could Ban Smokeless Tobacco In Pro Baseball ... Hernandez of La Puente says vendors often target younger customers with candy-flavored vapors.

California cities create their own rules for medical marijuana
inewsource - August 25, 2015

"Normally, a conditional use permit would take anywhere from about four months .... They "would have to smoke a marijuana cigarette 365 days a year, every 3 ..

California lawmakers look to regulate medical marijuana
KABC-TV - August 24, 2015

This Feb. 1, 2011 file photo shows medical marijuana clone plants at a medical ... Affairs and Housing Agency to license medical marijuana businesses and to ...

Santa Barbara County cracks down on e-cigarettes in public places
KCBX - August 24, 2015

Santa Barbara County is implementing e-cigarette and smoking rules that are tougher ... The law now treats electronic smoking devices--like e-cigarettes and ...

CSUN officially smoke free campus
Daily Sundial - August 24, 2015

The smoke-and-tobacco free policy prohibits the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes ... Students appear to be reacting positively to the banthus far, even declaring ...

Government meetings around San Luis Obispo County for the week of Aug. 24
The San Luis Obispo Tribune - August 23, 2015

Discussion on smoking ban at district beaches. San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. Meets Tuesday. 781-5450. Discussion and direction to county ...

San Jose State tobacco, vaping ban takes effect
San Jose Mercury News - August 22, 2015

When students returned to classes last week, San Jose State students were greeted by baby blue banners and posters advertising the campus's new smoking ban rather than throngs of students and teachers puffing away. Effective Aug. 1, all tobacco products and e-cigarettes were banned at SJSU following years of efforts to gauge student opinions of on-campus tobacco use and come up with a comprehensive smoking policy.

California Panel Approves Six Anti-Tobacco Bills
NACS Online - August 21, 2015

Mark Leno proposed the measure to designate e-cigarettes or vaping devices as tobacco products. His bill would also allow sting operations to catch retailers ...

Bill would allow local taxes on tobacco
Lake County Record-Bee - August 21, 2015

Senator Mike McGuires legislation to continue to fight the impacts of tobacco use on public health was approved in the Senates Extraordinary Session Committee on Health Care this week. California has one of the lowest tobacco taxes in the nation ...

New Bill Would Treat Electronic Cigarettes Like Tobacco In Public Places [VIDEO]
CBS Local - August 20, 2015

A revised anti-tobacco bill is attempting to regulate the growing electronic cigarette industry and snuff out users in public places.

Senate panel votes to raise California gas tax 12 cents a gallon
San Jose Mercury-News - August 20, 2015

Another panel approved bills to hike the legal smoking age to 21, regulate e-cigarettes and allow counties to place local tobacco taxes on the ballot...lawmakers approved a package of bills that aim to reduce the state's health care costs by reducing Cali

Smoking ban is what's best for campus
Spartan Daily - August 20, 2015

... It's not like the pot smokers in the dorms ever followed the rules to begin with. I had the chance to ...

Stop tackling issues in only black and white
Spartan Daily - August 20, 2015

When the email regarding the tobacco ban was sent out, for some people it was a ... Banning everyone from smoking on campus, even outdoors, is punishing ...

America's Weed Rush: California's 'Wild West' of Laws, Enforcement
VoiceofOC - August 20, 2015

"Normally, a conditional use permit would take anywhere from about four months to ... They "would have to smoke a marijuana cigarette 365 days a year, every 3 ...

LA Approves Harsher Tobacco Sale Penalties
EGP News - August 19, 2015

The amendments also call for retailers to post a notice when their permits are revoked or suspended, and would prohibit retailers from advertising tobacco ...

State Senate panel approves package of six anti-tobacco bills
Los Angeles Times - August 19, 2015

The measure was opposed by the Smoke Free Alternative Trade Assn. as an attack on a product that it says has helped some smokers quite traditional ...

Manhattan Beach considers extending smoking ban
Easy Reader - August 19, 2015

A sign for Manhattan Beach's current smoking ban, which was enacted in June 2014. Courtesy ... The council banned smoking throughout the city in June 2014.

L.A. to snuff out tobacco stores that sell to minors - August 18, 2015

The amendments also call for retailers to post a notice when their permits are revoked or suspended, and would prohibit retailers from advertising tobacco ...

La Cañada High senior helps draft e-cigarette regulations during summer internship
Valley Sun - August 17, 2015

While many teens returned to La Cañada High School Wednesday full of tales about fun summer plans and trips, only senior Doug Williams could boast of having drafted citywide regulations that could become law.

Big Battles to Watch In California Legislature's Final Month
KQED - August 17, 2015

That last element a big downsizing of gasoline use is the one the oil ... as part of the special session that would define e-cigarettes as tobacco products and ...

Burdensome vaping regulation about revenue, not health
OCRegister - August 15, 2015

The state Legislature will introduce several bills for debate in a special session Wednesday which, again, will seek to wrongly equate vapor products including electronic cigarettes with tobacco, ban vaping in vape shops and allow local jurisdictions to tax tobacco. A bill seeking to equate tobacco products and vapor products was defeated in an Assembly policy committee last month.

Unrestricted pot will trigger health crisis
Eureka Times Standard - August 14, 2015

The effects of advertising by our government, with the help of national medical societies and the American Cancer Society, have blunted the use of tobacco.

'Play. Win. Together.' celebrates community
The San Diego Union-Tribune - August 13, 2015

With the glimmer and style of the Vegas strip, Sycuan Casino recently ... that is the undisputed best in the market, to our huge new non-smoking area, we have ...

Outdoor public smoking ban starts to clear the air in Manhattan Beach
Beach Reporter - August 12, 2015

It has been a full year since the smoking ban in Manhattan Beach went into effect, however only 17 citations have been issued. According to Manhattan Police ...

The Last Word: Julie Lautsch
Sacramento Magazine - August 12, 2015

I've been working in tobacco control for about five years. E-cigarettes have been a game changer. It's scary watching children pick up these devices that contain ...

Legal troubles plague Shasta Lake veteran outreach center
Redding Record Searchlight - August 12, 2015

SHASTA LAKE, California - As an outreach center, Medicine for our Military in Shasta ... "I smoke from an e-cig now with a little bit of marijuana and it levels me off." ... "If these guys are smoking, that means they're not drinking and that means ...

Pleasanton can thank kids for tougher smoking ban
Contra Costa (CA) Times - August 12, 2015

When the Pleasanton City Council votes to ban smoking in city parks and trails as expected on Tuesday, residents can thank a handful of local youth. The ban is the result of efforts by the city's influential Youth Commission, comprised of middle and high

E-cigarettes banned in county buildings
Porterville Recorder - August 12, 2015

From now on the county will treat smokers of e-cigarettes the same as those who still enjoy a tobacco project: They won't be allowed to smoke in county ...

Tulare County supervisors approve electronic cigarette ban - August 12, 2015

Those who smoke electronic cigarettes can no longer do so in restaurants or anywhere else smoking of tobacco is banned in Tulare County. The county ...

Reminders for Fans Attending Thursday Night's Game - August 11, 2015

Per San Diego Municipal Code, Qualcomm Stadium is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is prohibited inside all areas of Qualcomm Stadium. Fans who continue to ...

Grass Valley council to discuss smoking ordinance
The Union of Grass Valley - August 11, 2015

The Grass Valley City Council will meet at 7 p.m. today to vote on an ordinance that would expand the downtown non-smoking boundaries, and prohibit smoking within 20 feet of all business doors. The ordinance also prohibits the use of electric cigarette devices downtown.

Plans for big, lighted sign at Fountain Valley-Costa Mesa border are ...
Daily Pilot - August 11, 2015

The advertising company is seeking a 30-year lease, paying Fountain Valley ... The displays cannot contain tobacco or e-cigarette ads, publicize political ...

California Inc.: The vaping industry -- up in smoke?
Los Angeles Times - August 10, 2015

Monday's Business Section takes a puff of the vaping industry. Thousands of vaping companies nationwide face an uncertain future as the Food and Drug ...

Liquid nicotine regulations
Los Angeles Times - August 10, 2015

Robert Steed, owner of Alchemy e-Lixers, pours favor juice into a beaker. The vaping community fears that FDA regulations will inadvertently favor the big ...

Vape industry breakdown
Los Angeles Times - August 9, 2015

Wells Fargo Securities estimates that the vape industry will generate $3.5 billion in revenue in 2015. Though both sectors of the industry are growing, personal ...

Talking About E-Cigs, Vaping, And The Neighborhood With A Tenderloin Vapor Shop
Hoodline - August 8, 2015

How do you feel about the advertisements against e-cigs and how vaping may contribute to a culture of young smokers? "No one is allowed in the shop that ...

OP-ED: Tobacco legislation
San Mateo Daily Journal - August 7, 2015

Six tobacco-related bills were shifted last month from the Legislatures regular session to the special session on health care called by Gov. Jerry Brown, scheduled to begin Aug. 17. The shift was less a reflection of the bills import than a tactical maneuver needed to keep a couple of them alive. Only one of them can be considered a major policy change. Still, all six merit ultimate approval.

Scotts Valley City Council approves Tobacco Retailer License Ordinance
The Tracy Press - August 7, 2015

The Scotts Valley City Council is the fourth jurisdiction is Santa Cruz County to pass a tobacco retailer license to discourage teenage smoking. Retailers caught selling the product to minors can be fined or have their licenses revoked.

Survey: California slipping on anti-tobacco policies to fight cancer
Sacramento Bee - August 5, 2015

Once a national leader in anti-tobacco efforts, California is slipping in some key measures, including its low cigarette tax, according to an annual ranking of cancer-fighting policies in all 50 states, released Thursday by the American Cancer Society.

E-cig restrictions taint hookah lounge rules
OCRegister - August 5, 2015

City staff argued it was simply an update to existing smoking regulations, while county health officials cited a California Department of Public Health study that ...

As regulation nears, e-cigarette controversy rages
Redding Record Searchlight - August 5, 2015

By replacing their cigarettes with e-cigarettes which deliver nicotine but eliminate carbon monoxide, tar, and other toxic chemicals found in tobacco smoke ...

Chico City Council votes to dispose of Salem Street property
Chico Enterprise-Record - August 4, 2015

The council voted 5-1 with Coolidge dissenting to approve the final adoption of an ordinance that prohibits e-cigarettes and vaping within 20 feet of business ...

San Jose State University Becomes Latest Tobacco-Free Campus
CBS Local - August 4, 2015

According to a university statement, the policy applies to cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes. Hookah smoking, even without tobacco, is also banned.

Vapor products aren't the same as cigarettes
Sacramento Bee - August 4, 2015

The vapor industry continues to support sensible regulation, such as prohibitions on selling to minors, reasonable licensing requirements and child-resistant packaging. Therefore, it was a big surprise when Sen. Mark Leno refused to accept the Assembly Governmental Organization Committees amendments that would have adopted these exact measures to his bill.

City seeks more control from state marijuana board
Juneau Empire (subscription) - August 4, 2015

The city's Marijuana Committee proposed the letter, which was drafted by City ... Jones declined to say anything more until those discussions are made public.

A Baseball Habit Begins to Feel the Pinch
New York Times - August 3, 2015

Next year, though, Bumgarner will have to break the habit, at least at his home stadium. Signaling a profound shift in the culture of baseball, Mayor Edwin M. Lee of San Francisco signed an ordinance in May that banned smokeless tobacco from all public athletic fields in the city, including AT&T Park, starting on Jan. 1, 2016. The move was pushed by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a nonprofit group that approached San Francisco lawmakers as the first step in a plan to eventually rid Major League Baseball of smokeless tobacco. Matthew Myers, the president of the organization, said he expected at least six more cities with major league teams to pass similar legislation by the end of the year. A similar motion has been proposed by a Los Angeles city councilman. Myers plans to approach more cities until the entire league is accounted for. Myers turned his attention to San Francisco because the city is known for its progressive thinking but also because the Giants had just won their third World Series title in five years and were, in many ways, the standard-bearers of the league. He approached the citys Board of Supervisors in January, and in April, the ordinance was passed unanimously.

Chico City Council to consider disposal of blighted city property on ...
Chico Enterprise-Record - August 2, 2015

On the consent agenda, the city council is expected to consider the final reading and adoption of an ordinance that expands smoking restrictions to include e-cigarettes and vaping. The city already prohibits smoking within 20 feet of business doorways, windows and outdoor cafes and in the citys parks, greenways and open spaces. Smoking is also prohibited in City Plaza, Caper Acres and Childrens Playground. The new restrictions would expand to include e-cigarettes, which use small batteries to heat a flavored liquid, usually containing nicotine, until it produces a vapor.

Adam Gray: A canny California politician forges his own path
Sacramento Bee - August 2, 2015

Drama spiked again during a recent hearing on electronic cigarettes. Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and public health advocates hoped to reclassify the ...

An ugly process, but worthy bills on tobacco
The San Diego Union-Tribune - August 2, 2015

It would increase the minimum legal age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco ... a new tobacco licensing fee program under the state Board of Equalization. ... Because two of the bills, the e-cigarette regulation bill and the increase in the ...

Supervisors to look at banning e-cigarettes
Daily Democrat - July 30, 2015

E-cigarettes could be banned under a proposal being considered by the Yolo ... Introduced in 2007, e-cigs were marketed as a method to quit smoking and a ..

Supervisors takes second look at secondhand smoke
Foothills Sun-Gazette (Exeter, CA) - July 30, 2015

The Tulare County Health Advisory Committee presented its recommendations as to how to proceed when it comes to e-cigarettes to the Board of Supervisors. In two separate measures the committee suggested that the County add e-cigarettes to its current ...

No Smoking
Livermore Independent - July 30, 2015

We were happy to see the Pleasanton City Council vote to ban smoking in city parks and on trails. The ban includes parking lots adjacent to the parks and trails.

Scotts Valley City Council looks to implement new tobacco ordinance
Santa Cruz Sentinel - July 29, 2015

What: The City Council is set to do a final read and adoption of a tobacco ... in the county to enact a local tobacco licensing measure, according to staff reports.

Costa Mesa public vaping ban gets first approval
Orange County (CA) Register - July 29, 2015

The city has begun the process of banning vaping and electronic cigarette smoking in its public parks and city buildings in a move designed to protect residents from secondhand "smokeless" vapor. The Planning Commission approved the ban Monday as part of

Tobacco Ban On Hold At Sacramento State
Capital Public Radio News - July 29, 2015

Sacramento State's ban would have included smoking, tobacco chewing and the use of electronic cigarettes. Now, the university will start an informational ...

Yolo County gets tough on e-cigarettes
KCRA Sacramento - July 29, 2015

Yolo County is getting tough on e-cigarettes. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 to draft new restrictions on where you can use e-cigarettes.

PD Editorial: Getting ahead of marijuana legalization
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - July 29, 2015

The housing bust legacy? Too much fear of debt ... Is legalizing recreational use of marijuana a good idea? We're still debating that question. But if public ...

Butte County to revise plan to add e-cigarettes to smoking rules
Chico Enterprise-Record - July 28, 2015

County health officials sought to include e-cigarettes in the rules because vapor from the devices contain cancer-causing chemicals and very small particulate ...

Childhood-welfare agency worries proposed cigarette tax increase would reduce funding
Los Angeles Times - July 24, 2015

The agency, First 5 California, already is searching for new sources to replace a decline in tobacco tax revenue, the result of fewer Californians smoking and lower cigarette sales. Almost all revenue raised by the proposed tax would go toward education

Pleasanton Council bans smoking in city parks - Pleasanton Weekly
Pleasanton Weekly - July 24, 2015

Callippe Preserve Golf Course exempted in ruling although smoking banned in clubhouse. by Jeb Bing ... With its smoking ban, Pleasanton joins the cities of Danville, Dublin, Livermore and San Ramon in banning smoking in all public parks.

New Chula Vista Casino Draws Mixed Reactions | NBC 7 San Diego
NBC 7 San Diego - July 23, 2015

Nass said he enjoys the smoke-free atmosphere, which is different from casinos on tribal land. Unlike tribal casinos, the Seven Mile doesn't have slot machines, ...

E-Cig Users Urge Cert. In Health Claims False Ad Suit ($$)
Law360 - July 27, 2015

A putative class accusing electronic cigarette maker NJOY Inc. of falsely advertising its products as more healthful than tobacco asked a California federal judge on Monday to certify the class, brushing off the company's argument that the lead plaintiff

Butte County supervisors to consider adding e-cigarettes to smoking ...
Oroville Mercury Register - July 26, 2015

County staff noted in an agenda item that the county's smoking rules were last ... Raevsky said state lawmakers are considering restrictions on vaping devices, ..

If the State Ever OKs Recreational Pot, It Has a Blue Ribbon Report ...
AllGov - July 23, 2015

So far, concerns about teen smoking don't extend to e-cigarettes (vaping), which state lawmakers have declined to regulate under pressure from Big Tobacco.

San Mateo considers stronger anti-smoking ordinance
San Jose Mercury-News - July 22, 2015

City Council voiced support Monday night for banning cigarette smoking in all multifamily dwellings and public parks as well as "public service areas" where people congregate such as bus stops and ATM and movie theater lines.

Editorial: Ban on public marijuana use makes sense
San Mateo Daily Journal - July 22, 2015

People have the right to smoke, but when smoke from someone else's cigarette affects another's health, it's time for some government regulation. Limiting smoking in multi-unit buildings with shared walls may seem like overreach for some, but not for the p

San Mateo moves toward more stringent smoking ban: Ordinance considers e-cigs, marijuana, smoking in multi-unit apartments
San Mateo Daily Journal - July 22, 2015

a proposed ordinance that would include banning cigarette smoke in all multi-family dwellings as well as within a 30-foot to 50-foot radius and prohibit any kind of smoking - which includes marijuana - in public parks and service areas such as ATMs, bus

County may restrict where to use e-cigarettes
Visalia Times-Delta - July 22, 2015

Those who "smoke" electronic cigarettes might not be able to do so in restaurants or wherever smoking of tobacco is banned in Tulare County. On Tuesday, the ...

Tobacco-free policies benefit you and the environment: Guest ...
LA Daily News - July 21, 2015

Although smoke-free policies are currently implemented in many establishments, they still provide designated smoking areas. Unlike smoke-free policies, the ...

San Diego repeals tobacco ad rules
The San Diego Union-Tribune - July 21, 2015

The city can continue to enforce rules prohibiting placement of tobacco products or e-cigarettes within two feet of candy, soda and other products that attract ...

Pleasant Hill restricts e-cigarette use, may ban smoking in shopping ...
Contra Costa Times - July 21, 2015

The council also directed staff to draft an ordinance banning smoking and ... "I believe these bans will make it a cleaner and safer place for the citizens of ...

California legislators side with tobacco industry
Vallejo Times-Herald - July 19, 2015

two decades later, there are clear signs that the powerful industry's deep pockets are once again quietly influencing legislation in the halls of the Capitol. Since 2 July 20, 2015contributed $173,100 to members of the Assembly's 21-member Gover

E-cig industry has few rules, but changes are likely
Daily Record - July 20, 2015

Patrons gather in the "vape shop" to smoke electronic cigarettes, inhaling nicotine ... The industry says e-cigarettes are a new technology that differs from ...

Editorial: Wood is right - Raise smoking age to 21 years
Eureka Times Standard - July 17, 2015

Wood, a Democrat from Healdsburg, worked to pass a similar ordinance as ... the prevalence of smoking among Humboldt County's adults from 2010-2011 at ...

EDITORIAL: Still blowing smoke over e-cigs
Press-Enterprise - July 17, 2015

Leno aims to do, against all reason, is classify e-cigarettes as "tobacco products," bringing them under a regulatory designation shared by the traditional ...

E-cigarette, smoking age bills revived in Legislature
San Francisco Chronicle - July 17, 2015

After several antitobacco bills stalled in the state Legislature, California lawmakers said Thursday that they will revive the proposals in special session in order to bypass their reluctant colleagues. Among the bills being brought back to life is a mea

Solano Coalition For Better Health: The lowdown on e-cigs
Vallejo Times Herald - July 17, 2015

"E-cig," "vape," "technofogger," "hookah pen." By now, you've probably heard about electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). "It's healthier" "It helped me quit smoking" ...

Anti-tobacco initiative puts teens undercover
Camarillo Acorn - July 17, 2015

She also supports Los Angeles' ban on e-cigarettes in public and hopes the ban will spread throughout the state. Traditional tobacco may be dangerous, ...

E-cigarette restrictions among six tobacco bills proposed for special ...
Los Angeles Times - July 16, 2015

A week after a similar bill failed, state lawmakers on Thursday revived a proposal that would ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places, including ...

Tobacco sales ban in pharmacies formally approved
BenitoLink - June 16, 2015

Hollister City Council votes 4-1 to cease the issuance or re-issuance of tobacco retail licenses, which eventually will snuff out tobacco products in Hollister pharmacies

Following ban on bath salts the Taft City Council bans hookah lounges
KERO 23ABC News - June 16, 2015

"No smoking" is starting to look like the city of Taft's motto. Tuesday the Taft City Council took a strong stance against smoke and hookah lounges by banning ...

Tobacco sales ban in pharmacies formally approved
BenitoLink - June 16, 2015

Hollister City Council votes 4-1 to cease the issuance or re-issuance of tobacco retail licenses, which eventually will snuff out tobacco products in Hollister pharmacies

Following ban on bath salts the Taft City Council bans hookah lounges
KERO 23ABC News - June 16, 2015

"No smoking" is starting to look like the city of Taft's motto. Tuesday the Taft City Council took a strong stance against smoke and hookah lounges by banning ...
Cañon City Council to consider smoking ordinance
Cañon City Daily Record - June 14, 2015

The Cañon City Council will consider first reading of an ordinance amending the Municipal Code to redefine entryways as they pertain to smoking along businesses on Main Street during its meeting at 6 p.m. Monday.

Old enough to vote, but not to smoke it could happen in California
Sacramento Bee - June 12, 2015

If we allow people to go fight for our country at 18, if we allow people to vote at 18, we should allow people to choose for themselves if they want to smoke, said Eggman, who served four years as a medic. If I can ask you to die for your country, who am I to ask you not to smoke? No one disputes that tobacco shortens life spans and encourages a host of potentially lethal diseases. The central question Senate Bill 151 poses to lawmakers is not whether tobacco use is desirable but whether Californians the state otherwise treats as adults should have the freedom, if they wish, to purchase and consume a harmful substance.

Treating e-cigs like tobacco
Chico News & Review - June 11, 2015

Some people view electronic cigarettes as a healthier alternative to tobacco. Not Natalie. She joined KLEANKids Leading Everyone Against Nicotineat Bidwell Junior High. As the year progressed, she learned more about e-cigarettes.

Saratoga crafting a new tobacco ordinance
San Jose Mercury News - June 11, 2015

Saratoga will soon have an ordinance that targets the sale and use of tobacco and tobacco products.

LA Chews Over Plan to Ban Tobacco at Ballparks - June 10, 2015

The baseball games where smokeless tobacco would be banned could ... Smoking use has gone down among young people, but smokeless tobacco has not ...

El Cajon making stand to up legal age to buy tobacco
U-T San Diego - June 10, 2015

El Cajon, one of the most progressive cities in regulating the sales of cigarettes and tobacco products, has come out in support of a bill that looks to raise the legal age to buy tobacco in the state from 18 to 21.

Los Gatos shorts: Vaping regulations set to take effect
San Jose Mercury News - June 10, 2015

An amendment to the town's smoking ordinance takes effect June 18, which means going forward electronic cigarettes will be regulated in the same manner as traditional cigarettes. Hookahs and other so-called "vaping" devices are also covered by the revised ordinance.

Committee votes to include e-cigarettes, vaping within Chico's smoking prohibitions
Chico Enterprise-Record - June 10, 2015

The committee voted 2-1 with Andrew Coolidge dissenting to modify the city's smoking regulations to include vaping and e-cigarettes, with a clause to model the ...

San Diego Committee Considers Loosening Tobacco Restrictions, Adding E-Cigarette Rules
KPBS - June 9, 2015

The city of San Diego's Public Safety Committee is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a new tobacco ordinance. It would lift a 1,000-foot buffer zone around schools, playgrounds and other youth-oriented facilities that prohibits retailers from selling tobacco products. It would also strike advertising regulations within the buffer zone and a requirement that cigarette ads be in black and white. Last summer the National Association of Tobacco Outlets sent a letter to the city pointing out that the rules were likely unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down similar rules in Massachusetts in 2001, saying they violated commercial speech protections. But the amended ordinance would bring e-cigarettes and vaping accessories under city regulation for the first time.

Santa Clara Co. supes pass ordinance raising legal tobacco purchasing age
KTVU San Francisco - June 9, 2015

Starting next year, anyone buying tobacco products and electronic smoking devices in unincorporated Santa Clara County must be at least 21 years old. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday that will raise the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. The ordinance goes into effect on Jan. 1., 2016 and does not apply to incorporated cities within the county.

Casino smoking
Fresno Bee - June 9, 2015

Judy Xiongs letter to the editor Unhealthy casino was very sad. Until 13 years ago, I was a smoker. I still go to a casino every now and then. In her letter, she complains about being greeted with toxic smoke upon entering the casino and wishes Table Mountain would go smoke free. The Peppermill in Reno tried that. It was advertised as the first smoke-free casino. It was also the first smoke-free casino to close its doors.

Anti-smoking advocate's lawsuit against Glendale councilman over termination dropped
Glendale News Press - June 9, 2015

A lawsuit filed by a former tobacco outreach worker at Glendale Adventist Medical Center who was fired after he published an opinion column criticizing the City Council has been settled out of court, while a related case against Mayor Ara Najarian has been dropped.

Solano County Event Center for public use, say supervisors
TheReporter.Com - June 9, 2015

It's definitely being loved and used. Additionally, the board discussed including the county's new smoke-free policy into the event center's policy and procedures ...

Internal Affairs Committee to consider adding e-cigarettes to Chico's smoking bans
Chico Enterprise-Record - June 9, 2015

Electronic cigarettes may be added to the citys smoking regulations, pending a discussion by the Internal Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

Campus Community Sees a Positive Difference with Smoke Free Policy
UCR Today (press release) - June 9, 2015

A survey of nearly 2,000 students, staff, and faculty at UC Riverside has revealed a significant portion of the campus community has noticed a decrease in second-hand smoke exposure after UCR became a smoke and tobacco free university in 2014.

City Council member wants smokeless tobacco out of LA baseball
Los Angeles Times - June 9, 2015

A Los Angeles City Council member wants the city to throw out smokeless tobacco use in baseball venues, as San Francisco did last month.

Some of the bills advancing in California Legislature
Santa Cruz Sentinel - June 6, 2015

SB140 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, to ban e-cigarettes in public spaces.

Assembly approves bill to ban chewing tobacco at California ...
Daily Journal - June 6, 2015

The California Assembly has approved legislation that would ban the use of chewing tobacco at California ballparks. Thurmond's bill originally called for a ban on e-cigarettes as well, but it was modified. The legislation advances to the state Senate. Think your friends should see ...

California May Raise Smoking Age To 21
Tech Times - June 5, 2015

The California State Senate has voted to approve a bill to raise the minimum legal age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products from the current 18 years to 21. In a related action, the California Senate also voted to approve a bill that would subject e-cigarettes to the same licensing requirements as tobacco products and ban them from the same smoke-free areas in bars, restaurants hospitals and other public and work places that currently disallow cigarettes.

Mount Shasta City Council approves ordinances, talks about water
Mount Shasta Herald - June 4, 2015

The ordinance that prohibits smoking marijuana in public passed unanimously. Council member Tim Stearns pointed out that this involves smoking only, not other methods of marijuana consumption.

Raise the California Smoking Age to 21, San Bruno? - June 4, 2015

... city of Livermore recently designated a downtown non-smoking area while two Southern California cities took action against e-cigarettes. If you use tobacco, ...

American River College to join ranks of nonsmoking campuses
Sacramento Bee - June 4, 2015

ARC will prohibit smoking, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and similar products throughout the campus starting Jan. 1. The ban extends to outdoor spaces, ...

EDITORIAL: Lawmakers fixated on smoking
Press-Enterprise - June 4, 2015

Senate Bill 140, also by Sen. Leno fortunately term-limited in a year would regulate e-cigarettes as cigarettes. Except e-cigarettes arent cigarettes because they dont contain tobacco. And as Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff of Diamond Bar noted, E-cigs are used by people trying to kick the tobacco habit. These and hundreds of other bills are more evidence the state needs to return to a part-time Legislature to limit such mischief.

Hermosa Beach City Council roundup
Beach Reporter - June 4, 2015

A scheduled public hearing to discuss amending current municipal code forbidding cigarette sales to minors to include the sales of e-cigarettes and expand the definition of smoking to include e-cigarettes was rescheduled to July 14. No reason was given for the delay, and no written or verbal public comment was submitted. The item first appeared on the April 28 Council meeting agenda.

Assembly passes bill banning smokeless tobacco at ballparks
Sacramento Bee - June 4, 2015

... Assembly floor, he had taken amendments that narrowed the legislation's scope by exempting e-cigarettes and by allowing tobacco use at non-professional ...

California Senate approves bills to crack down on tobacco use
San Francisco Chronicle - June 3, 2015

The Democratic-controlled state Senate approved two proposals Tuesday to crack down on tobacco use among young people by increasing the minimum smoking age from 18 to 21 and restricting where electronic cigarettes can be used.

Senate Passes Bill Protecting Public Against Exposure to E-Cigarettes
CA Senator Mark Leno - June 2, 2015

Senate Bill 140, authored by Senator Mark Leno, addresses growing health concerns related to e-cigarettes by ensuring they are accurately defined as tobacco products and fall under the state's existing smoke-free laws.

San Jose City Council approves ban on tobacco coupons
San Jose (CA) Mercury-News - June 3, 2015

City Council overwhelmingly approved banning tobacco coupons from San Jose bars and clubs but not before a lengthy discussion about the legal risks of controlling the tobacco industry's flashy new advertising method.

San Jose, Calif. Could Make Tobacco Sampling Illegal - June 2, 2015

The ordinance also includes electronic cigarettes and other nicotine delivery devices. San Jose is the third largest city in California with a population just over ...

California Senate approves bill to raise smoking age to 21
SFGate - June 2, 2015

SACRAMENTO - California would increase the minimum smoking age to 21 ... said the bill would mean 18 year olds who can serve in the military, vote and enter into contracts would not be able to make a decision about whether to smoke.

Unhealthy casino
Fresno Bee - June 2, 2015

I was first welcomed by the strong odor of cigarette smoke that immediately triggered my allergies. ... A few feet away, a man was smoking. ... wearing masks and where pregnant women are not restricted because of secondhand smoke?

UPDATED: Hollister to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies
Benitolink: San Benito County News - June 1, 2015

The report notes that 78 percent of independently-owned pharmacies in the state have become tobacco free, though tobacco products are still sold in 94 percent ...

NC council makes changes to smoking ordinance
The Union of Grass Valley - June 1, 2015

In 2010, Nevada City passed an ordinance banning smoking in the downtown historical district due to complaints from residents and local merchants.

San Jose smoking crackdown: Free cigarettes in bars could be next to go
San Jose Mercury News - June 1, 2015

City officials want to drive tobacco companies out of San Jose's bars and clubs, especially from gay bars where they're handing out coupons for reduced-price cigarettes. The City Council on Tuesday will consider an initiative to ban the distribution of tobacco coupons, samples or free cigarettes from all San Jose businesses. Councilman Raul Peralez said the measure reduces the risk of young adults getting hooked on smoking.

Hollister seeks to prohibit tobacco sales in pharmacies
Benitolink: San Benito County News - May 31, 2015

The Hollister City Council on Monday, June 1 will consider amending municipal code to curtail the issuance or reissuance of tobacco retail licenses to local pharmacies, effectively snuffing out tobacco sales at the four Hollister pharmacies that have not already independently decided to stop selling those products.

Smokeless in Sonoma, sleepless in the Springs; Dispatch from ...
Sonoma Valley Sun - May 28, 2015

The Sonoma City Council passed a tobacco ordinance to limit to the sale of regular and e-cigarettes, namely to curb underage smoking. Existing retailers will have to buy a $246 annual license. And no new licenses will ever be issued, so if selling cherry or chocolate flavored e-cigs was in your business plan, forget it Another provision outlaws the sale of a single cigar of less than $5. The thinking there, if there was any, is that a kid (required by law to show an I.D., but never mind) cant scrape up that kind of cash.

The Days of Smoking at Tiki-Ti are Coming to an End
LA Weekly - May 28, 2015

Do Y'all remember the April fools joke we had a couple of years ago about no more smoking at the Tiki Ti? Yeah, well as of June 1, the Tiki Ti will be a non smoking bar, just like everyone else. No joke. You can still smoke outside, but this will be our last "indoor smoking" week at the Ti.

Campus Police Issue Smoking Citations
El Vaquero - May 28, 2015

As the first community college in the area to prohibit on-campus smoking, for both ... Today, the smoking ban is common knowledge for Glendale College ...

Nevada City Council approves economic plan, recommends formula ...
The Union of Grass Valley - May 28, 2015

The Nevada City Council recommended a formula business ordinance to the city ... to a smoking ordinance that prohibits smoking in the city's historical district.

Hollister council to consider pharmacy tobacco ban
Hollister Free Lance - May 28, 2015

Look back for more on the ceremony and Nob Hill's decision about tobacco products. ... other advocates for policies banning tobacco-related sales in pharmacies. ... She said selling tobacco products contradicts pharmacies' mission. ... Tags: Tobacco Ban, Tobacco Pharmacies, Cigarette Ban, Hollister, San Benito County.

AM Alert: Suspense bills face the chopping block in appropriations ...
Sacramento Bee - May 27, 2015

... undocumented immigrants, legalize assisted suicide for terminally ill patients, raise the minimum smoking age to 21 and place new restrictions on e-cigarettes, ...

UCI 95 percent smoke-free, according to task force
New University Online - May 27, 2015

UCI's smoke-free policy task force issued an update last week, citing a 95 ... task force instituted a policy that banned tobacco products as well as e-cigarettes, ...

Pot Shop Suffers 'Hostile Takeover'
SF Weekly - May 27, 2015

The feeling is of a disorderly social club, but this is true marijuana royalty. ... of the last dispensaries in the city to offer an onsite smoking lounge for its customers.

Hartnell Approves Policy for a Smoke-Free Campus
KCBA - May 21, 2015

The Hartnell Community College Governing Board has announced that they approved a policy to make their campus smoke-free. It recognizes that smoke from cigarettes, pipes, and/or cigars, vapor from e-cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco products are hazardous to health; therefore, it is ...

Council rebuffs e-puffs
Sonoma Index-Tribune - May 21, 2015

A last-ditch effort by e-cigarette retailers to stamp out a new Sonoma tobacco ordinance went up in smoke Monday, as the City Council unanimously approved tighter restrictions on the sale of nicotine products.

Sonoma tightens rules on tobacco retailers
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - May 18, 2015

They argued it was unfair to bundle e-cigarettes with other tobacco products and restrict their sale in town. However, council members said they wanted those ...

California legislators must break tobacco money addiction
Sacramento Bee - May 18, 2015

Unfortunately, a committee where the tobacco industry has undue influence has already drastically weakened a bill that would ban tobacco use in baseball ...

Santa Clara County Supervisor Hopes to Raise Age for Tobacco ...
NBC Bay Area - May 18, 2015

Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager will propose an ordinance Tuesday that would ban tobacco and e-cigarette sales to anyone under 21. Yeager says ...

Guest perspective: Foster City's discriminatory smoking ban exemption
San Mateo Daily Journal - May 18, 2015

Our council unanimously (5-0) passed an amendment to the smoking ban that ... and townhomes with shared common walls, ventilation, floors or ceilings..

Sonoma, Calif. Will Vote on Prohibiting New Tobacco Retailers - May 17, 2015

In addition, tobacco product advertisements would be prohibited, and the sale of cheap, flavored tobacco products would have new restrictions placed on them.

E-cigs: City scrutinizes vaping as debate stirs
Santa Clarita Valley Signal - May 17, 2015

As e-cigarettes become more and more popular, Santa Clarita Valley public agencies are continuing to examine how, or whether, to regulate their use.

Burlingame to consider smoking ban in apartments
San Mateo Daily Journal - May 16, 2015

Following in the footsteps of other local jurisdictions, Burlingame is considering becoming the next city in San Mateo County to ban smoking in apartment buildings and other multi-unit housing developments. Officials say the impetus for considering the policy, which will be discussed at the City Council meeting Monday, May 18, is to protect apartment residents from exposure to secondhand smoke.

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day
Daily Democrat - May 16, 2015

Every year, communities around the world mark May 31 as World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. Now, with electronic cigarettes enabling more and more youth to get hooked on ... businesses and at parks, has reduced youth access to tobacco products and has ... efforts to protect workers and residents from e-cigarette secondhand vapors.

Community Insight: Healthy, positive change in San Benito County
Hollister Free Lance - May 15, 2015

... she worked with Nob Hill in Hollister to get the store to ban tobacco sales. She also pushed for a citywide ban of tobacco sales in the seven local pharmacies ...

Mount Shasta council recognizes police, advances ordinances
Mount Shasta Herald - May 15, 2015

Council unanimously approved the first readings of five new city ordinances that were created with the intention to reduce unpleasant interactions with the transient population. One would prohibit individuals from smoking marijuana in any public place within the city limits, even if they are in possession of a medical recommendation.

Nevada City swears in new police officer, approves county traffic ... ($$)
The Union of Grass Valley - May 14, 2015

In other business, council members approved a corrected version of an ordinance which prohibits smoking in additional outdoor areas in the city. The council ...

Los Gatos: E-cigarettes will be regulated by the town
San Jose Mercury News - May 13, 2015

The town of Los Gatos is set to regulate electronic cigarettes in the same manner as regular cigarettes. The Los Gatos Town Council voted unanimously to amend the smoking ordinance that was approved in November 1991. The regulations would apply to hookahs and other so-called "vaping" devices as well.

Plan to ban smoking in apartments still up in the air
Palo Alto committee not ready to expand city's restrictions but agrees to add e-cigarettes to existing bans
Palo Alto Online - May 13, 2015

Smokers in Palo Alto's apartment complexes need not snuff out their cigarette butts just yet. Having already prohibited smoking at local parks, outdoor dining areas, downtown arteries and open space preserves, city officials on Tuesday considered expanding the ban to multi-family homes. But with too many details still up in the air, a City Council committee balked at adding the new restriction at this time. Members of the Policy and Services Committee were less reluctant, however, to add e-cigarettes to the city's existing smoking restrictions.

Berkeley Bans Sale of E-Cigarettes and Flavored Tobacco Near Parks, Schools
KQED - May 13, 2015

Berkeley is moving ahead to ban the sale of e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco products within 1,000 feet of parks or schools. But after hearing from numerous business owners Tuesday night who said theyd fold without tobacco sales, the City Council dialed back a proposal to ban all tobacco sales in those areas.

Legislation To Regulate E-Cigarettes Is Facing Stiff Resistance in California [AUDIO]
California Healthline - May 13, 2015

In a California Healthline report by Erika Kelly, experts discussed the legislative effort to ban electronic-cigarette vaping in public -- the same regulation imposed ...

City extends ban on public smoking to deter vagrants
Coast News (blog) - May 13, 2015

OCEANSIDE City Council action to extend the no smoking ordinance will do more than stop smoking. City Council unanimously approved banning smoking within the pier amphitheater and adjacent plaza on May 6. This not only eliminates the dangers of secondhand smoke and the litter of cigarette butts, but also deters vagrants from gathering and loitering in these areas.

Thank you for not smoking
CSULA University Times - May 12, 2015

Smoking is a topic that has been debated for years, and students should be concerned when others are smoking in prohibited areas. With secondhand smoke ...

Milpitas planners to review vape shop's permit
San Jose Mercury News - May 12, 2015

Milpitas Planning Commission is scheduled to review the conditional use permit ... as e-cigarettes or vaporizer cigarettes that are battery-operated, reusable and ...

The lowdown: Berkeley council on the city budget, nicotine sales restrictions, ...
Berkeleyside - May 12, 2015

Council is set to adopt, on first reading, a new law that would limit sales of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes near schools and parks. The law, which would go into effect Jan. 1, 2016, would require any retailer who sells Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems to buy a tobacco license ($498). In addition, sale of nicotine products would be prohibited under the new law within 1,000 feet of schools and public parks. Violating the ordinance would be classified as a public nuisance. Council will also consider building a 1- to 2-year grace period into the law to minimize economic hardship. According to city staff, Approximately 75% of licensed tobacco retailers in Berkeley operate within 1,000 feet of a school or public park. Currently the City has 84 active TRLs (excluding pharmacies). Elimination of 75% of these would result in annual revenue reduction of approximately $31,374. ...

Chewing tobacco banned from premises of San Francisco ballparks
World Tech Today - May 11, 2015

In this realm, explicit ban of e-cigarettes have already been incorporated. The idea is to ban tobacco use, wherever baseball or any other game is played.

George Boardman: Reports of California's demise are greatly ...
The Union of Grass Valley - May 11, 2015

... at work: The new state health ad campaign against vaping really pounds Big Tobacco. I particularly like the name of the website:

CA Health Groups Push $2 Tobacco Tax Hike
Public News Service - May 10, 2015

The Save Lives California Coalition just filed papers with the state attorney general to ask voters to hike taxes on traditional tobacco products and on e-cigarettes ...

First in the US: San Francisco bans chewing tobacco in ball parks
Christian Science Monitor - May 9, 2015

San Francisco has become the first city in the nation to outlaw chewing tobacco from its playing fields, including AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants. Stanford University banned all tobacco sales last year, The Christian Science Monitor reported: According to recent report published by the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, at least 1,182 college campuses around the US have adopted a 100 percent smoke-free policies, nearly double the rate of smoke-free campuses in 2011. Of those 1,182 smoke-free campuses, 811 are completely tobacco-free.

The inconsistent Libertarians of Convenience
Los Angeles Times - May 9, 2015

San Francisco it's easy to pick on San Francisco has banned cigarette smoking at outdoor ... E-cigarettes contain no tobacco and produce no smoke.

Hermosa Beach City Council discusses TOT, bollards and meeting ...
Beach Reporter - May 9, 2015

A public hearing to amend the municipal code regarding cigarette sales to include e-cigarettes was rescheduled at the beginning of the meeting. Councilwoman ...

Putting out tobacco, e-cigarette sales to youth
Coast News (blog) - May 8, 2015

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the percentage of teens using e-cigarettes tripled from 2013 to 2014. In addition, e-cigarettes are not limited to being sold behind the counter. Nearly 25 percent of observed Escondido retailers placed e-cigarettes on the check-out counter, and an additional 6 percent also placed the products on the sales floor or by soda, slushies or candy.

Lodi City Council moves ahead on parks, chickens
Lodi News-Sentinel - May 7, 2015

A section that would ban smoking in city parks except for in designated areas during ... Mounce recommended the section of the ordinance banning smoking be ...

OP/ED: Smoking is Cool: The Real E-cigarettes
Los Cerritos News - May 7, 2015

I was watching a movie in the Lifetime channel and I noticed an advertisement on E-cigarettes and it caught my attention. This commercial compared E-cigarettes to tobacco products. The comparison made me wonder what is in E-cigarettes and what is the big fuss about. I was under the assumption that smoking E-cigarettes were safe because it contains no tobacco.

Whole Earth Festival honors 'Rooted Living'
Davis Enterprise - May 7, 2015

UCD is emphasizing a zero-tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol, and the campus is smoke- and tobacco-free, a policy that includes e-cigarettes. * No camping ...

Cuesta College considering tobacco-free campus [VIDEO]
KSBY San Luis Obispo News - May 7, 2015

A recent survey found 56 percent of students are in favor of having a tobacco-free campus, while 44-percent are in favor of keeping designated smoking areas.

Valley Voice: Cut tobacco use by Palm Springs youth
The Desert Sun - May 6, 2015

Perhaps the answer to this lies in the fact that tobacco is the least regulated dangerous substance in the nation. Tobacco may kill four times as many people as alcohol, but the selling of liquor requires a $20,000 dollar initial license fee and a $1,000 annual renewal fee, while no such license exists in the city of Palm Springs for tobacco. Because of this, the city has one of the highest rates of tobacco sales to minors in the county. However, if a Tobacco Retail Licensing ordinance gets adopted by the city, then selling tobacco to minors will no longer be a problem. Adopted by every city in Riverside County except six, the TRL program drastically reduces the amount of tobacco sold to minors.

Zoning code edits suggested
Malibu Surfside News - May 6, 2015

By and large, the Planning Commission suggested the code be edited such that alcohol or tobacco cannot be purchased at or inside the dispensary itself, along ...

UC Riverside Recognized for Health & Wellness by the American Heart Association
UCR Today (press release) - May 7, 2015

UCR has proved its dedication to wellness through becoming a smoke and tobacco free campus, and dedicating a full-time wellness program coordinator.

Solano looks to full compliance with smoke-free policy
Fairfield Daily Republic - May 6, 2015

The plan includes signage, a communications plan and offering smoking ... youth from second-hand smoke at county locations that are frequented by children.

Pot Shop Restrictions Loosened
Malibu Times - May 6, 2015

The ordinance, which was originally sent back to Planning Department staff in ... -No smoking, vaporization or consumption of medical marijuana in any form is ...

Smoke free policy to be implemented in Solano County
Vallejo Times Herald - May 5, 2015

Solano County continues to aim for smoke free environment and county leaders have taken the next step on in a two-year plan. The Solano County Board of ...

Are vapor pens safer than cigarettes?
Lodi News-Sentinel - May 5, 2015

Dear T2T: I am kind of thinking about trying one of those vapor pens. I smoke cigarettes occasionally but the pens seem to be pretty safe from ...

Coalition Proposes Ballot Initiatives To Increase Calif. Cigarette Tax
California Healthline - May 5, 2015

On Monday, the Save Lives California coalition submitted two proposed ballot initiatives to increase the state's tobacco tax by $2 per pack, the Los Angeles Times' "PolitiCal" reports

Calif. Lawmakers Considering Statewide Rules for Medical Marijuana
California Healthline - May 5, 2015

... proposed ballot initiatives to increase the state's tobacco tax by $2 per pack. ... the Assembly voted to broaden the state's ban on e-cigarette sales to minors.

E-cigarettes: Whats the big deal?
Sonoma State Star - May 5, 2015

Before I began college, I couldnt have identified an e-cigarette if I saw one. In my first semester at San Jose State, I sat next to a student who was openly smoking an e-cigarette in my community health class, to my surprise. Since I didnt know much about e-cigarettes, he was nice enough to explain how they work. While smoking a traditional cigarette in a classroom is unthinkable, much less a health class, e-cigarettes have emerged as a strangely acceptable practice. I fear this trend will erode the progress that has been made over decades in the fight against tobacco.

Opinion: Cigarette butt waste - More than just litter.
Environmental Health News - May 5, 2015

Arguments against the harmful effects of smoking and second-hand smoke are pervasive. However, people are often unaware of the impact and harm of cigarette butt waste. Cigarette butts are toxic, non-biodegradable, waste that create environmental health risks and an economic burden. Given the negative impacts of cigarette butt waste, it is time to increase awareness about this issue and push for statewide policy to address it.

California Assembly votes to block e-cigarette sales to minors
Los Angeles Times - May 4, 2015

The state Assembly on Monday acted to plug a loophole in the law prohibiting the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors by extending the ban to include devices that dont include nicotine cartridges.

$2-per-pack tobacco tax could land on California ballot
Sacramento Bee - May 4, 2015

Save Lives California, including the American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, California Medical Association and SEIU California, filed two measures with the Attorney Generals Office for titles and summaries. Backers will likely decide later which one to take to the streets for signatures and a place on the ballot. One measure allows state tax officials to impose an equivalent tax on electronic cigarettes. ...

Tobacco tax initiative proposed for California
Los Angeles Times - May 4, 2015

Two proposed initiative summaries, one including electronic cigarettes, were filed Monday with the state Attorney General's Office, which provides a title and ...

California: Tobacco Lobby Snuffs Out Ban Proposed at Youth Baseball Sites
The Moderate Voice - May 3, 2015

The tobacco industry has succeeded in snuffing out strict limits proposed on tobacco at ballparks. Legislators on the Assembly Governmental Organization Committe, many of whom took hefty contributions from tobacco interests, voted overwhelmingly to water down a bill that originally would have banned all tobacco products at every ballpark in Californiafrom Little League to Major League ballparks. Legislatures voted to ban only smokeless chewing tobacco from Major League and Minor League parks, leaving it legal to use at youth sport venues and recreational ball fields. The law was also watered down to exempt cigarettes, cigars, and electronic cigarettes.

Smoke-free policy back before Board of Supervisors
Fairfield Daily Republic - May 3, 2015

Solano Countys smoke-free policy will be back before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. The board approved the smoke-free policy in January designating all county-owned or county-leased facilities as smoke-free. Included are buildings, grounds, ...

Chico City Council to consider development fee to expand Butte ...
Chico Enterprise-Record - May 3, 2015

Also Tuesday, councilors will consider whether to agendize a request by councilor Andrew Coolidge to discuss yield signs in the downtown and campus area, and another by Councilor Ann Schwab to discuss the expansion of the citys no smoking laws to include electronic cigarettes.

Soccer Teams Protest Against Second-Hand Smoke Coming From Levis Stadium
NBC Bay Area - May 3, 2015

Players put on masks to show their opposition to smoke coming from people attending a concert at Levi's ... The smoking section has been moved for all events.

Palo Alto's smoking ban may spread to apartment buildings
Palo Alto Online - May 2, 2015

E-cigarettes may soon join their traditional brethren in a Palo Alto law that bans smoking in downtown centers, local parks and outdoor dining establishments. They would not, however, be included in a new cigarette ban that the city is considering for apartment buildings. They would not, however, be included in a new cigarette ban that the city is considering for local apartment buildings.

Students speak their minds to supervisors
Appeal-Democrat - May 1, 2015

She spoke about the health risks of e-cigarettes, saying that the usage of e-cigarettes, or vaping, is increasing among teens and that the aerosol that creates the ...

GLANTZ: Status of Legislation to include e-cigarettes in California's clean indoor air law and youth access law (SB140)
Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education - May 1, 2015

Last year, in part because of lack of proactive support from the big health groups, a bill to include e-cigarettes in the state clean indoor air law was hijacked by behind-the-scenes lobbying by the big cigarette companies (for details, see out California report). This year things are different. As described below, the big health groups are working hard to support Senator Mark Lenos SB140. This is a very well-written bill that will make a substantial commitment to public health.

Santa Clarita Seeks Vape Compromise, New Ordinances
KHTS Radio April 30, 2015

City leaders directed staff to take another look at a proposed ordinance that could ... There was also discussion about a desire to limit the modeling of smoking ...

Santa Clarita City Council delays vote on e-cigarettes code change
Santa Clarita Valley Signal - April 29, 2015

Santa Clarita City Council members held off on expanding the citys smoking policies to cover electronic cigarettes Tuesday night, saying they need more time to craft an appropriate policy.

Lovely sweet return
Sacramento News & Review - April 29, 2015

Sorry-not-sorry: On May 1, Old Soul at the Weatherstone will ban smoking on its popular-for-smoking patioa move showing the company's seriousness about ...

Thrown out at Home Plate: SF Approves Ban on Chewing Tobacco at Baseball Park
SF Weekly - April 29, 2015

In a final vote Tuesday, San Francisco supervisors approved a measure by District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell to ban the use of smokeless tobacco from all ballparks within city and county limits, including at AT&T park. The ordinance requires the signature of Mayor Ed Lee before going into effect Jan. 1.

San Francisco Nears Smokeless Tobacco Ban at City Fields, Including Giants' AT&T Park
Athletic Business - April 2015

San Francisco officials are on the verge of spitting out a rule that would ban smokeless tobacco from ball fields throughout the city, including the San Francisco Giants AT&T Park. According to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, 1,203 municipalities in the United States have enacted 100% smokefree laws and all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums have rules that limit or completely prohibit smoking. The same cannot be said about smokeless tobacco.

El Cerrito has made strides but faces constraints, mayor says in ...
Contra Costa Times - April 29, 2015

... urban core, new ordinances restricting cigarette sales and smoking, and the ... to increase the minimum wage and pass a Just Cause for Eviction ordinance.

Blu E-Cigs Not Safer or Healthier, Class Claims
Courthouse News Service - April 28, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) - Lorillard Tobacco Company falsely advertises its Blu brand of electronic cigarettes as "safer" and "healthier" than standard smokes when they're not, a class claims in state court. Lead plaintiff Larry Diek says in a 50-page complaint filed last week in Orange County Superior Court that he would not have purchased Blu e-cigarettes if he had known about their dangers.

To puff or not to puff: The public vape debate
SFGate (blog) - April 28, 2015

This month a state Senate committee signed off on a measure regulating where e-smokers can vape, but local and public health officials have been at the center of the debate throughout California for more than a year.

Ventura approves wide-ranging smoking ban ($$)
Ventura County Star - April 28, 2015

There are now a whole lot more places where smokers are unwelcome in Ventura, following the City Councils approval to adopt an ordinance that bans smoking in most outside spaces.

LIVE TWEETS: Whiskeytown officials take comment on smoking ban
Redding Record Searchlight - April 28, 2015

REDDING, California - Whiskeytown National Recreation Area officials are holding a meeting tonight to take public comment on a proposal to ban all smoking in ...

Panel Advances Toned-Down Bill To Ban Some Tobacco at Ballparks
California Healthline - April 28, 2015

On Monday, the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization voted 15-5 to advance an amended bill (AB 768) that would ban smokeless tobacco at certain baseball venues in the state to protect the health of players and to set an example for children and adolescents

California lawmakers soften proposed tobacco ban at baseball venues
Sacramento Bee - April 27, 2015

An official with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids spoke out against the new amendments. Representatives of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action ...

Uncertainty surrounds smoking ban
The Daily Titan - April 27, 2015

... session at Cal State Fullerton, puffs of smoke fill the air from multiple students gathered outside the Humanities Building to smoke cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

State should butt out of the war against tobacco
OCRegister - April 27, 2015

Or, as these pages have covered at length, an antiscience crusade against vaping and e-cigarettes launched in coordination by the California Department of ...

E-Cigarette Bill Hearing Today
Kitsap Sun - April 27, 2015

A proposal to regulate "vaping" the same way California regulates smoking tobacco gets ... Forty-five states -- including California -- have banned the sale of ...

In every way, teen vaping is a disturbing trend
The San Luis Obispo Tribune - April 25, 2015

Meanwhile, cigarette smoking over that same period has fallen from 15.8 percent to ... including tobacco, menthol, fruits, desserts, coffees, beverages and cigars. ... young people could eventually add regular cigarettes to their repertoire, real ...

Calling for a tobacco retail license ordinance
Reedley Exponent - April 25, 2015

There is a serious problem in Reedley concerning tobacco sales to minors. A 2013 study by the American Lung Assocuation revealed that 42.8 percent of ...

Council to Consider Code Changes for Massage Parlors, eCigs, Solicitors - April 25, 2015

The Santa Clarita City Council, when it meets Tuesday, will consider changing its Municipal Code in three areas, as proposed by city staff and reviewed by a City Council subcommittee of Members Bob Kellar and TimBen Boydston. The changes, if approved, will regulate the hours of operation of massage parlors; treat e-cigarettes the same as tobacco products for purposes of regulation; and restrict aggressive solicitation (sales people), as per the staff report below.

Chewing Tobacco Now Banned In San Francisco Giants Baseball ...
Tech Times - April 25, 2015

The home of the San Francisco Giants will soon be tobacco-free if Mayor Ed Lee signs an ordinance prohibiting the use of tobacco products in baseball events.

Selma enacts moratorium on smoke shops
Fresno Business Journal - April 24, 2015

The Selma City Council recently approved an ordinance calling for a moratorium on the establishment of any new smoke or vapor shops within city limits. The 10-month ban is meant to allow city officials time to research potential hazards and change the language of its existing laws monitoring the industry.

Students seek citywide smoking policy
Humboldt Beacon - April 24, 2015

There is currently no policy in Fortuna that regulates smoking near business ... Card said she and Luster did a lot of research about second hand smoke and in ...

Whiskeytown plans to ban smoking
Redding Record Searchlight - April 23, 2015

REDDING, California - As it nears its 50th birthday, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area officials are planning on banning smoking throughout the park at the beginning of 2016. This would be the first one in the National Park system to (be) smoke-free, said Jim Milestone, park superintendent.

For statewide change, advocates are making their battles local
Los Angeles Times - April 24, 2015

Whether the subject is bags or soda taxes, some of the state's most compelling policy battles are occurring not in the Capitol but in city halls and county seats. Local governments are increasingly a staging ground for issues such as the regulation of electronic cigarettes, limits on payday lenders and fracking moratoriums.

Giants, others ready to enforce SF's smokeless tobacco ban
San Francisco Examiner - April 23, 2015

San Franciscos first-in-the-nation legislation striking out smokeless tobacco at all baseball and athletic fields citywide has agencies from the Recreation and Park Department to the San Francisco Giants preparing to step up to the plate by the Jan. 1 effective date. The ordinance, unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, amends The Citys health code to prohibit smokeless tobacco usage by athletes and fans alike anywhere at sports venues, including AT&T Park, and sets a new precedent in the country, advocates say. ...

Vaping on the Rise
The Independent - April 23, 2015

The website Still Blowing Smoke, part of this year's $7 million anti-vaping ... for adults as well as kids in enclosed public places where tobacco use is banned.

Nevada City Council approves smoking ordinance changes, water ...
The Union of Grass Valley (Subscription) - April 23, 2015

In 2010, Nevada City passed an ordinance banning smoking in the downtown ... a ban on the use of electronic cigarette products in the city's no-smoking areas.

Bill to limit teen vaping unanimously passes Assembly committee - April 23, 2015

SACRAMENTO - A bill to ban teens under 18 years from buying vaping ... But, the devices even without nicotine, can also be used for smoking other substances ...

Earth Day turns campus green
Spartan Daily - April 23, 2015

COUGH also brought awareness to the smoke-free campus initiative that is set to be in effect in August at SJSU. Free reusable water bottles were handed out to ...

CSUN Clears the Air, to Become a Smoke- and Tobacco-Free ...
CSUN Today - April 23, 2015

To help launch campus awareness of CSUN's new smoke- and tobacco-free campus ... The only exceptions to the ban are any cessation products specifically ...

Sunnyvale: Grant has city doing smoking study
San Jose Mercury-News - April 22, 2015

...received a grant of $95,000 that will go toward studying the effects of secondhand smoke in public places with the possibility of recommending future bans on smoking in such places. ...

San Francisco takes first step toward banning tobacco in ballparks
Yahoo Sports (blog) - April 22, 2015

The city of San Francisco took its first step toward banning tobacco in ballparks. ... there's another moving through the Assembly that would ban all tobacco use ... San Francisco already prohibits smoking in arenas, and this new smokeless ...

Soon you won't be able to smoke on a popular midtown patio
Sacramento Business Journal - April 22, 2015

...cigarette smoking outside of restaurants in Sacramento. Last year, the city of Sacramento's Law and Legislation Committee decided to further study the proposal, rather than take action. …

The Electric Smokescreen
The LumberJack - April 22, 2015

He asks the girl several seats away if she is okay with him smoking his electronic ... The entire University of California system banned all forms of smoking in ...

NC council to visit water plan, smoking ordinance
The Union of Grass Valley - April 21, 2015

In 2010, Nevada City passed an ordinance banning smoking in the city's ... a ban on the use of electronic cigarette products in the city's no-smoking areas.

Judge: Costa Mesa's sober-living law doesn't discriminate against ...
OCRegister - April 21, 2015

... traffic and secondhand smoke. City officials estimate Costa Mesa is home to 200 sober-living homes, representing a quarter of Orange County's facilities.

City proposal to restrict tobacco product sales draws worry about ...
Daily Californian - April 21, 2015

The ordinance follows other actions taken by the city to reduce tobacco use, such as a ban - implemented last May - on smoking in multi-unit housing. "It's part ...

Granville's Brio on Broadway to debut tomorrow
Fresno Business Journal - April 21, 2015

Brio is also the first Granville project downtown to offer all smoke-free units. A number of local officials are expected to attend tomorrow's grand opening, which ..

Park Smoking Ban Proposed in Fortuna, Calif. - April 21, 2015

Melanie Luster and Ariel Card addressed the council on Monday afternoon as part of a scheduled presentation and proposed the idea of banning smoking in the ...

Rossmoor seniors fired up about curative powers of cannabis
SFGate - April 21, 2015

With an average age of 76, Rossmoor is the kind of place where smoking is banned, though many puff cigars in plain sight on the golf course. But before the ...

Earth Day expands to week-long event
Inland Empire News - April 21, 2015

Tobacco-free campuses is the goal as advocates raise awareness about tobacco's impact on the environment. At UC Riverside, students, staff and the faculty ...

Hitting Pot Jackpot? Tribe Starts Medical Marijuana Cultivation
Indian Country Today Media Network - April 21, 2015

"We are an impoverished tribe with a small casino that is barely keeping its head ... with $1.3 billion in sales, and the nearly 800-member Torres Martinez tribe is ...

Long Beach Union - April 20, 2015

An article in the Daily 49er said that President Conoley's on-campus smoking ban implies that a smoker's lifestyle is not accepted on campus. Those of you ...

Farrell: Let's strike tobacco from sports
San Francisco Examiner - April 19, 2015

In February, along with a national, state and local coalition of public-health and youth advocates, I introduced citywide legislation in San Francisco to eliminate the use of all tobacco products including smokeless tobacco at all athletic fields and venues in San Francisco, including AT&T Park, where our world champion Giants play. According to the Federal Trade Commission, in 2011, these smokeless-tobacco companies spent $451.7 million to advertise and promote their products. Today ...

Berkeley ordinance would prevent the sale of tobacco products near school or park
Greenfield Daily Reporter - April 18, 2015

BERKELEY, California The city of Berkeley is considering what would be among the nation's strictest buffer zones for tobacco products, as it tries to keep them away from schoolchildren. The city is set to vote next month on an ordinance that would prohibit the sale of tobacco products within 1,000 feet of a school or public park, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Saturday ( ). The vote comes after the city in November became the first in the nation to pass a tax on soda and other sugary drinks.

Internal Affairs: Levi's Stadium smoking location causes stir
Standard Bulletin - April 17, 2015

If the 49ers feel the sting of smoke in their eyes, it's not simply because the .... he wrote to the court, mentioned he won $500,000 at a casino on July three, 2008.

California Democrats trying to raise cigarette tax
Fox News - April 16, 2015

Tobacco interest groups such as the Cigar Association of America told on Wednesday that they will be looking into different tactics to fight the tax but no decisions have been made yet. The bill to increase the smoking age passed unanimousl

National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) - April 16, 2015

The recent anti-tobacco proposals would: Increase the legal smoking age from 18 to 21; Increase the state's cigarette excise tax by $2 per pack (currently 87 cents per pack); Bar electronic cigarettes from public places where smoking is prohibited; and...

LA considers banning cab drivers from smoking in taxis at any time
Westside Today - April 16, 2015

Managers of taxicab companies recently asked city transportation officials to tighten up rules around smoking in taxis as a way to improve their competitiveness ...

Livermore Council Approves Downtown No Smoking Zone
The Independent - April 16, 2015

The nonsmoking area would include the portion of First Street, up to the face of ... number of doors and windows within the proposed non-smoking area would ...

SB-24 Electronic cigarettes: licensing and restrictions.(2015-2016)
Official California Legislative Information - April 15, 2015

SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH / HEARING DATE: April 15, 2015 / SUMMARY: Extends Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement Act requirements to the sale of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs), distinct from the definition of tobacco products, and requires enforcement...

Measures in the fight on tobacco and e-cigarettes
Los Angeles Times - April 15, 2015

o Include e-cigarettes in a special enforcement program against the sale of cigarettes to minors. (SB 24) o Strengthen existing law prohibiting online marketing of tobacco to minors. (AB 1541) o Make tobacco cessation services a covered Medi-Cal ...

New bills renew California's anti-smoking effort
Los Angeles Times - April 15, 2015

California has become a battleground between the tobacco industry and health groups as lawmakers push proposals that include increasing cigarette taxes by $2 a pack and raising the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. The state once led the nation in snuffi

Council discusses multi-unit smoking ban
Marinscope Community News - April 15, 2015

Most Marin jurisdictions have used the same model to prohibit smoking in all new ... Mill Valley along with Ross and Belvedere has not passed smoking bans in ...

S.F. picked as lead city in effort in ban chewing tobacco at MLB ...
SFGate (blog) - April 15, 2015

The second pitch came a few hours later with the release of a poll commissioned by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, showing that 63 percent of city voters ...

Supervisors debate next step with smoke-free policy
Fairfield Daily Republic - April 15, 2015

FAIRFIELD - The Solano County Board of Supervisors want county staff to do more work on its smoke-free policy before taking the next step with the program.

Funding stalls for Solano's Smoke-Free Facilities Policy
TheReporter.Com - April 14, 2015

Solano County's implementation of its new Smoke Free Facilities Policy stalled Tuesday when there wasn't enough votes from the board of supervisors to fund ...

Survey heralds possible changes to campus smoking policy
American River Current - April 14, 2015

"The next step is to have a tobacco free campus," said Jones. "Smokers say their rights are being infringed, but then again, I'm not addicted to tobacco." ...

Livermore snuffs out smoking downtown
Daily Democrat - April 14, 2015

... core more enticing to nonsmokers and families, and litter from cigarette butts. ... Railroad Avenue near the Bankhead Theater be included in the nonsmoking ...

Ban chewing tobacco at baseball games? Voters like the idea
San Francisco Chronicle - April 14, 2015

A new poll by market researcher Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates shows about two-thirds of city voters support the proposal. The telephone survey of 503 city voters was conducted in late March and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 pe

Transition team helps implement Solano's smoke-free facilities policy
TheReporter.Com - April 14, 2015

Solano County continues to implement its new Smoke-Free Facilities Policy through a transition team. County staff, working as the county's transition team, will ...

Law | Livermore, Ca Eyes Smoking Ban Downtown
The Cigar Authority - April 13, 2015

Walking down the street enjoying a cigar is something that could become a thing of the past in down Livermore if the City Council has their way. The new measure would create a no smoking area that covers downtown Livermore and will be decided with a vote tonight. ... The measure would include all tobacco products and e-cigarettes.

Pleasant Hill weighs smoking ban at all shopping centers
Contra Costa Times - April 12, 2015

PLEASANT HILL -- City leaders may ban smoking -- including electronic cigarettes -- in all shopping centers, greatly expanding an initial proposal to make downtown Pleasant Hill a smoke-free zone. ...

Coachella 2015 Day Two: FKA Twigs' Acrobatics, Tyler, the ...
SPIN - April 12, 2015

... but the foggy air in this enclosed space made to look like an underground U.K. dance club (but mostly resembling a high-school dance) smells very vape-y.

Woodland gets tougher on tobacco retailers
Daily Democrat - April 11, 2015

A new ordinance approved by Woodlands City Council allows for suspensions or revocations of local selling permits for violations of any state tobacco control law. ...

Guest commentary: Legal loopholes let Big Tobacco target kids with new products
Contra Costa Times - April 11, 2015

With smoking now widely known as the nation's No. 1 preventable killer, Big Tobacco is targeting our kids with new products that give an illusion of more safety but carry the age-old motive to hook kids on tobacco at a young age. ...

Livermore eyes downtown smoking ban
Contra Costa Times - April 11, 2015

The amendments would also add electronic cigarettes, or "vaping," to the existing smoking ban, because of indications from studies that the vapor could pose ...

Redlands council seeks more hookah, e-cigarette rules
San Bernardino County Sun - April 11, 2015

The city will soon be placing additional regulations on hookah and electronic cigarette businesses.

Berkeley: Tobacco retailers cry foul over proposed buffer zone around schools and parks
Oakland Tribune - April 10, 2015

BERKELEY -- A proposed 1,000-foot tobacco sales buffer zone around schools and parks has provoked an outcry from store owners who say it is unfair and would put them out of business. On May 12, the City Council will consider a draft ordinance that would prohibit the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products within 1,000 feet of schools and parks, with a one- to two-year grace period to minimize economic hardship. The ordinance also would require a Tobacco Retail License to sell "Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems," a technical term that covers e-cigarettes, anywhere in the city.

E-Cigarette Legislation Moves Along
California Healthline - April 10, 2015

Electronic cigarettes must abide by the limitations and regulations imposed on tobacco products, according to a vote this week by the California Senate Committee on Health... Stefan Didak testified at the hearing, saying he represented about 110 small businesses in the state as co-president of the Northern California chapter of the Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA).

Mendocino County Office of Education tobacco policy may be revised to include e-cigs
Ukiah Daily Journal - April 10, 2015

The Mendocino County Office of Education will consider a possible revision of its tobacco-free schools policy to include electronic cigarettes, vaporizers and other tobacco products at its next board meeting on Monday. ...

Five Lawmakers Lined Up Against Big Tobacco
KFBK 93.1 (Sacramento, CA) - April 9, 2015

Five lawmakers lined up against big tobacco today. Taken as a whole, the bills represent a coordinated effort to curb youth tobacco use... Senator Dr. Richard Pan took on California's tobacco tax, while his colleague Mark Leno addressed e-cigarettes:

"Unprecedented" Assault Against Tobacco - April 9, 2015

Some of the proceeds would go into a research fund to fight smoking related ... Senator Tony Thurmond is calling for a ban on chewing tobacco at California ...

Manhattan Beach City Council roundup
Beach Reporter - April 9, 2015

As a result, of implementing the ordinance last year, Manhattan Beach has ... Enforcement of the city's no smoking in public ordinance went into effect on April 6.

Package of Bills To Reform Tobacco Rules Introduced in Calif.
California Healthline - April 9, 2015

Meanwhile, Stefan Vidak, a Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association spokesperson, said he disagreed with Leno about e-cigarettes being marketed to minors ...

Mill Valley mulling multiunit residential smoking ban
Marin Independent Journal - April 8, 2015

The City Council this week discussed adopting an ordinance similar to one ratified in San Anselmo last year that bans smoking in multifamily units.

Drugs and schools: 'We have to be pro-active'
Sierra Wave - April 8, 2015

Throw in vapor pens, e-cigarettes, easier access to marijuana through medicinal card holders and area collectives, edibles and the over-the-counter availability ...

Berkeley council supports state legislation to end vaccine exemption ...
Paradise Post - April 8, 2015

Another drew an analogy between unvaccinated people and secondhand smoke. Councilwoman Susan Wengraf, who sponsored putting support of SB 277 on ...

County hoping to work with cities on tobacco pricing
Sonoma Index-Tribune - April 8, 2015

Most of the supervisors agreed that requiring the nearly 140 tobacco retailers in ... licensing fees would pay for sting operations targeting the sale of cigarettes, ...

Medical Marijuana Patients May Be Exempt from Proposed E-Cig Ban
East Bay Express - April 8, 2015

A bill by state Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco that would ban e-cigarettes wherever smoking is banned appears to include a carve-out for medical ...

REPS. HERNANDEZ/PAN/BONTA: California must renew fight against tobacco
Sacramento Bee - April 7, 2015

Tobacco use results in $13 billion in health care costs annually, with more than $3.5 billion being used to treat Medi-Cal patients with tobacco-related illnesses... Medi-Cal is severely underfunded .... The $2 tax on tobacco products will help give the...

Cigarettes go up in smoke
Mesa Press - April 7, 2015

18 percent of adults in the United States smoke cigarettes. That may not seem like a big ... Some places have begun to ban smoking. An example would be ...

Health Collaborative names Chico 'Smoke-Free Superstars'
KRCRTV.COM - April 7, 2015

The California Health Collaborative has been working towards making Chico business entryways smoke-free. They helped pass a smoke-free entryway policy ...

Crescent City Council extends 'urgency zoning' ordinance
KRCRTV.COM - April 7, 2015

It will prohibit outdoor advertising of tobacco products within 500 feet of schools and parks. The 'urgency zoning' ordinance will also limit alcohol advertising ...
The lowdown: Berkeley council on community benefits, sewer fee ...
Berkeleyside - April 7, 2015

NICOTINE SALES RESTRICTIONS Council is set to adopt a new law that will limit sales of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes near schools. The law...

Breaking News: Research Office surveys opinions on campus ...
American River Current - April 6, 2015

There are three choices that was offered in the survey: to keep the smoking policy as it is, to create designated smoking areas or turn ARC into a smoke free ...

Coachella 2015 Beauty Essentials and Useful Intel
Monsters and - April 6, 2015

E-cigs are yes but no e-juice or e-liquid refills inside. Last year they debuted permanent bathrooms built across from the Beer Barn, which are staffed and ...

Full Plate of Health Care Bills Pending as Legislature Reconvenes
Kitsap Sun - April 6, 2015

Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), would make tobacco laws and regulations apply toelectronic cigarettes. Up in the next few weeks will be legislation to issue a ...

California Vaping: The New Subculture - April 6, 2015

California is generally reckoned to be a trendsetter - it's not necessarily that things are invented there but California is often an early adopter. Think raves ...

E-cigs not safe
Ukiah Daily Journal - April 5, 2015

According to TobaccoFreeCA (, (E-cigs) come in many shapes and sizes. Some can only be used once (disposable), while others can be ...

Marin public meetings: April 5-9
Marin Independent Journal - April 4, 2015

Mill Valley: City Council, 7 p.m., Council Chambers, 26 Corte Madera Ave. Website: The council will consider expanding the smoking prohibitions and tobacco retailing regulations to include restrictions on smoking in multi-unit residences. (The review and final adoption of the 2015-2023 housing element has been postponed until April 20.).

Sonoma County may set price floor on cigarettes to deter minors
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - April 4, 2015

Sonoma County supervisors on Tuesday are poised to take up sweeping new regulations aimed at making it more costly and thus more difficult for minors to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products outside city limits

E-cigs, equal opportunity, unequal pay
Sacramento Bee - April 4, 2015

Regulations are needed to not only protect public health and restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, but to curb the intense marketing and advertising to youth.

Santa Monica High School Students Picked Up More Than 40000 Cigarette Butts ...
LA Magazine (blog) - April 3, 2015

Liu, Fuentes, and Parcells reportedly collected and studied a total of 40,699 butts with help from other students and mentors, including Santa Monica High School marine biology teacher Benjamin Kay and UCLA School of Public Health professor Tom Belin. They say they found more cigarettes littered in the streets during warmer weather and would like to see the Santa Monica City Council ban smoking in public to help reduce cigarette pollution.

Santa Monica High Team Wins First Place at County Science Fair
The Lookout News - April 2, 2015

Santa Monica City Council should "expand its smoking restrictions to include all public places as has recently been done by the City of Manhattan Beach," the ...

Save the Date
The North Coast Journal - April 2, 2015

"I remind you that the smoking prohibition includes tobacco, electronic cigarettes and marijuana," Diemer wrote. Sure. Perhaps most tricky, though, is that the ...

Campaign vape trail
News Review - April 2, 2015

...Other specific concerns are the candy- and fruit-flavored e-cigarettes that may entice a younger generation to become addicted to nicotine and the fact ...

Guest View: What is public health?
Hollister Free Lance - April 2, 2015

It presented a resolution last month to cease the sale of tobacco products in Hollister pharmacies. In short, public health quietly affects us on a daily basis, ...

Arcata grants 4/20 permit for free speech event at park
Eureka Times Standard - April 1, 2015

Diemer said that these restrictions - which include no alcohol, no smoking, no amplified sound, restricted use of the park stage and limits it to a 150-person ...

Submission: Support of new bill would reduce tobacco-related ...
Daily Bruin - April 1, 2015

In addition, lawmakers have proposed to regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco products, and SB 140 (Leno, D-San Francisco) would restrict e-cigarettes from many ...

California State University Chemistry Professor: 'No Scientific ...
Brad Blog (blog) - April 1, 2015

"If students in my classroom were puffing on e-cigs, I would let them be. I don't honestly know what the rules are here on my campus, they probably restrict it, but ...

Idea Of Taxing E-Cigarettes Like Tobacco Gets Key Support
CBS Local - March 31, 2015

Advocates for e-cigarettes and vaping (as using the e-cigs is called) say that while no product that contains nicotine is 100 percent saf, e-cigarettes are much ...

Santa Rosa City Council debates anti-smoking rules in marathon ...
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - March 31, 2015

The Santa Rosa City Council grappled late Tuesday night with the scope of sweeping changes to its anti-smoking laws, getting an earful from electronic cigarette ...

Santa Rosa council gets earful on smoking rules
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - March 31, 2015

She said she began smoking cigarettes when she was 14 years old and switched to vaping about a year ago when her asthma was acting up. Since then, she ...

EDITORIAL: Hemet's e-cigarette ban
Press-Enterprise - March 31, 2015

A 2012 study in the journal Inhalation Toxicology examined the impact of electronic cigarettes on air quality. The researchers found "no apparent risk to human ...

Santa Rosa, CA Holds Hearing To Ban Multi Family Smoking
The Cigar Authority - March 31, 2015

The current draft of an ordinance would make it legal to smoke indoors if you do not ... In August, 2014 the city enacted various smoking bans and announced ...

PD Editorial: Banning multi-family smoking
Santa Rosa (CA) Press Democrat - March 31, 2015

Smoke, like noise, knows no walls, which is why the city of Santa Rosa is on the right track... We sympathize to some degree with those who, as a result of this change, will be unable to smoke inside their own living areas. But we have greater sympathy

When conventional wisdom slips
Sacramento Bee (blog) - March 29, 2015

...So what did Stone do as one of his first acts? He signed on as a co-author of a bill that goes against Republican orthodoxy, one that surely will be fought by one of the California Republican Partys few remaining patrons, the tobacco industry. One carried by San Francisco lib Sen. Mark Leno, no less. The bill, SB 140, would ban the use of electronic cigarettes in workplaces such as bars and restaurants. Philip Morris and its crew wont be able to count on lockstep Republican opposition to the restrictions, unlike in past years. ...

Rep. Speier Introduces Bill to Clarify Regulation of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Items ($$)
Targeted News Service (subscription) - March 28, 2015

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (H.R. 1517) to "provide greater clarity in the regulation of electronic nicotine delivery systems, including electronic

Santa Rosa ban on smoking inside attached housing unit nears vote
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - March 28, 2015

For residents of Santa Rosas tallest building, the 14-story Bethlehem Tower, theres been nowhere to hide from secondhand smoke for years. The 159 units of affordable housing for seniors are connected by enclosed hallways and a common ventilation system that means everyone is effectively breathing the same air.

How Big Vaping is misinforming the public about e-cigarettes
Vox Media - March 28, 2015

California is the newest case study in the e-cigarette information wars. On Sunday, California's public health department went live with an awareness campaign about e-cigarettes on a new website, Still Blowing Smoke. By the time of their official launch on Monday, vaping advocates were already on the offensive with a nearly identical site: Not Blowing Smoke.

EDITORIAL: E-cigs should be banned in workplaces, including bars
Fresno Bee - March 28, 2015

Californians take for granted that bars, restaurants and other workplaces are smoke-free, thanks to legislation that took effect 20 years ago. Americans for Nonsmokers Rights reports that 61 California cities have ordinances restricting e-cigarettes. Among the cities that dont: Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield, Modesto and Stockton. The Valley needs to wise up.

Are our cities clamping down too hard on smoking, marijuana included?
Seaside Courier - March 27, 2015

On the cigarette front, coastal North County already has far more restrictions on smoking than most other parts of the country, the state and even the county. Out of the seven cities in San Diego County that dont allow smoking on outdoor restaurant or bar patios, for example, four are in coastal North County: Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas and now Oceanside. Whats next on the anti-smoking agenda? Will one of our five coastal towns be the first to ban smoking inside apartments that share walls with other dwellings? Should they?

Capitola weighs banning e-cigarettes [VIDEO]
KSBW The Central Coast - March 26, 2015

Capitola is looking at joining more the 70 other communities in California that have included electronic cigarette regulations in their smoking laws.

County tobacco prevention group lauds cities' anti-smoking laws
Contra Costa Times - March 26, 2015

The Contra Costa County Tobacco Prevention Coalition ...will present the "Award for Outstanding Contribution to Tobacco Prevention" to city leaders in Concord, Walnut Creek, El Cerrito, San Ramon, Lafayette and Oakley.

EDITORIAL: State health agency does Big Tobacco's dirty work on e ...
Press-Enterprise - March 25, 2015

On one side stands the mighty California Department of Public Health; on the other, purveyors of a small, unassuming device, the electronic cigarette. The state ...

Dixon leaders clarify leash law, electronic cigarette regulations
TheReporter.Com - March 25, 2015

Dixon dog lovers on Tuesday protested a move they perceived as more stringent on leash-law rules and vocalized a need for more off-leash space to exercise ...

Oh, the smells you can't smell
New Times SLO - March 25, 2015

... lengthy list of crap the San Luis Obispo City Council has already banned: smoking; ... to sneakily-but-not-really attempt to ban medical marijuana growing operations. ... growing medical marijuana for her sick son by banning "offensive odors." ... giddily approved what is easily the most ridiculous in a long list of city bans.

Walnut Creek To Be Honored For Its Tough Secondhand Smoke ... - March 25, 2015

Concord was the first community in the county to regulate electronic smoking devices like e-cigarettes when it adopted a smokefree downtown policy in 2012.

Lafayette To Be Honored For Its Tough Secondhand Smoke Policies - March 25, 2015

Concord was the first community in the county to regulate electronic smoking ... with Oakley taking an extra step to ban smoking in all new multi-unit housing ...

Slick new public health campaign targets kid-friendly e-cigarettes
89.3 KPCC - March 24, 2015

Poison control workers say that as the e-cigarette industry has boomed, the ... advertising geared toward youth, which has seen an uptick in e-cigarette use.

California launches campaign against e-cigarettes
San Bernadino County (CA) Sun - March 24, 2015

"This campaign is nothing more than propaganda, with state bureaucrats more concerned with tax revenues than helping 3.6 million Californians quit smoking," said Gregory Conley, president of the New Jersey-based American Vaping Association, which advocate

City council bans hookah lounges, talks transit needs
Tehachapi News - March 24, 2015

Tehachapi City Council members approved a ban on hookah lounges within city ... a half-hour use of hookah is equivalent to smoking 10 unfiltered cigarettes.

Man says smoking neighbors making his mom sick
10News - March 24, 2015

"It's just smoke, smoke, smoke, and I'm tired of it," said Ramos. ... the past year, my mom has been sick from bronchitis from the second-hand smoke," he said.

Capitola proposes to ban e-cigarettes at public places
Santa Cruz Sentinel - March 23, 2015

E-cigarette Forum, an online community that supports the industry, contends the products improve the health of those smoke conventional cigarettes, but studies ..

State launches ad campaign against e-cigarettes
89.3 KPCC - March 23, 2015

"It is sending the message to adult smokers all throughout California that if ... Los Angeles and Long Beach are among those that have banned their use in public places. And a bill currently in the state legislature would expand a similar ban ...

From the dais: Results from city council, school board meetings
U-T San Diego - March 23, 2015

The Carlsbad City Council on Tuesday discussed a proposed ordinance on ... introduced an ordinance to amend the municipal code to prohibit smoking in ...

California Launches Campaign Against E-Cigarettes
TIME - March 23, 2015

The new ads air just two months after the California Department of Health (CDPH) declared e-cigarettes a public health risk, and warned Californians to stay ...

Oceanside, Calif. Bans Smoking on Restaurant Patios - Mar 22, 2015

Smokers who want to enjoy a cigar with their meal have their days numbered in the southern California city of Oceanside, as earlier this week the city council passed a ban that will bring an end to lighting up at outdoor dining establishments next month. The ban goes into effect 30 days from the vote and extends the ban to anywhere within 20 feet of a restaurant patio, as well as requiring the owner of a restaurant to post no smoking signs. Smokers who ignore the ordinance could be hit with a $100 fine for a first offense, with the penalty escalating to $200 for a second violation and $500 for the third.

Dixon council to consider e-cigarette, leash rules
TheReporter.Com - March 21, 2015

From clarifying a leash law to regulating the sale of electronic cigarettes the same as their tobacco siblings, Dixon leaders on Tuesday have much to discuss.

Belmont outlines accomplishments: City Council reviews priorities ...
San Mateo Daily Journal - March 21, 2015

Stone also suggested the city amend its smoking ordinance to include the increasingly popular electronic cigarettes. Lieberman said he wants officials to ...

Redlands City Council to consider regulations on e-cigarettes
Redlands Daily Facts - March 20, 2015

The City Council has started to talk about regulating the sale and use of electronic cigarettes.

Track Discrimination at its Source
Berkeley Daily Planet - March 20, 2015

Ever tried it? Not cigarettes have you ever tried to get the citys help with the people who constantly smoke in the smokefree areas? Maybe the smoke is coming in your house, yard, or workplace, and it is affecting your health. Maybe theres a group that always smokes in your favorite park, so you cant bring your kids. Maybe the employees at your favorite watering hole or restaurant smoke right out front despite the smokefree commercial districts law, filling up the place with smoke so you can no longer patronize the business.

Bill would prevent e-cigs from being marketed to minors
The Hill - March 19, 2015

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) has introduced legislation in the House that would prevent manufacturers from selling and marketing e-cigarettes to children.

5 Differences Between Nevada and California 'Partying' Laws in ...
Jaunted - March 19, 2015

Smoking: Smoking tobacco inside bars is legal in Nevada, but illegal in California. The sale of ... In California, minor possession (1 ounce or less) is a $100 fine.

Arcata smokers can't be standing around
Eureka Times-Standard - March 19, 2015

littering, noise, secondhand smoke and more from those gathering to smoke in the area. Police Chief Tom Chapman, who proposed the on-the-go ordinance at the March 4 meeting, said staff will be coming back to the council with research on designated smokin

Oceanside bans smoking in restaurant patios
U-T San Diego - March 19, 2015

With a new council majority in place after the November election, the panel voted 3-2 Wednesday to approve an ordinance banning smoking at outdoor dining areas, including bars and restaurant patios. The law is similar to others passed in Carlsbad, Encini

San Francisco Unified School Distirct makes push to keep teens ... - March 18, 2015

San Francisco schools say they're winning the battle against smoking. ... Meaning they don't carry the same restrictions on how companies can market them to ...

San Jose: Margo Sidener helped local residents breathe easier
Oroville Mercury Register - March 18, 2015

In her capacity as head of what was then the local chapter of the American Lung Association, Sidener was often the voice of those seeking to ban smoking in ...

Dubious legislation in full bloom this spring
OCRegister - March 18, 2015

Assembly Bill 48 by Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Monterey Bay, would create a statewide de facto ban on smoking by prohibiting the sale of single-use filtered ...

CSUN President announces plans to ban smoking
Daily Sundial? - March 18, 2015

President Dianne Harrison announced plans to ban smoking and tobacco use on campus ...

Oceanside To Consider Smoking Ban On Restaurant Patios
KPBS - March 18, 2015

Oceanside is the last North County coastal city to consider such a ban. ... "After Carlsbad passed its ban on smoking a lot of business came to Oceanside.

Police Reinforcements and Water Conservation Highlight a Busy ...
A News Cafe - March 18, 2015

New regulations for 2015 include a ban on watering yards up to 48 hours after ... In addition, the following are banned: all outdoor watering; filling or refilling ... the Shasta County ordinance banning smoking and "vaping" in public places.

LIVE TWEETS: Redding council tonight consider neighborhood ...
Redding Record Searchlight - March 17, 2015

It will consider the first reading on an ordinance change banning electronic smoking devices at city parks and Redding Library. The council will voted on a plan ...

Next on City Visions: How Should Bay Area Cities Regulate E ...
KALW - March 17, 2015

What do we know about the effects of e-cigarettes, and how should they be ... research group, Stanford Research into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising (SRITA).

Arcata proposes new departmental structure
Eureka Times Standard - March 17, 2015

The adoption of an ordinance to revise the details of the city's smoking bans ... at its last meeting that the ban has pushed smokers into their neighborhood, ...

Smokefree housing: Berkeley scores a win for public health and ...
Berkeleyside - March 17, 2015

Do you or someone canada diflucan you live with smoke? If you answered "no" to this question you already may know that smoking and secondhand smoke isn't ...

PVPSA Awarded $850000 by CDPH
Aptos Times - March 17, 2015

... for Santa Cruz County behavioral health facilities and multi unit housing facilities who wish to develop tobacco free and smoke free policies for their sites.

Sonoma officials seek to limit e-cigarette sales
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - March 16, 2015

Sonoma officials want to snuff out the sale of e-cigarettes within the city limits, ... and other products to minors would prohibit new businesses from selling tobacco ... of certain products, such as e-cigarettes and cheap individual flavored cigars.

Tehachapi snuffs out hookah lounges
Bakersfield Now - March 16, 2015

"Play Video Tehachapi City Council unanimously approved the ban of ... as a health and safety issue, saying smoking at such establishments is unhealthy.

Parents, not state, should take charge
Sacramento Bee - March 16, 2015

Studies show that e-cig use is a gateway to traditional smoking. ... to draft an ordinance banning smoke shops from opening within 1,000 feet of schools. ... with whom I spoke, and who has gathered more than 1,200 signatures calling for a ban.

On the agenda: City council, school board meeting schedules
U-T San Diego - March 16, 2015

Agenda items include: consider adoption of ordinance amending the ... of an ordinance to amend the municipal code to prohibit smoking in outdoor dining and ...

Our View: Tracking tobacco money would offer more transparency to anti-smoking efforts
The Union of Grass Valley - March 14, 2015

As part of a 1998 settlement of lawsuits filed against major tobacco companies, states across the country stand to receive an estimated $246 billion over the course of the first 25 years of the agreement to pay for health care costs due to smoking. As The Union reported last month, Nevada County has received nearly $900,000 annually from the Tobacco Master Settlement or $15.25 million through the first 16 years of the settlement but its not clear how much of that money has been directed toward tobacco prevention programs.

Internal Affairs: Levi's Stadium smoking area causes stir
Contra Costa Times - March 14, 2015

Hundreds of soccer youth practice and play on three city-owned fields next to the Niners' brand-new Levi's Stadium. Smoking is forbidden at the football venue and youth soccer complex, but for some reason, the 49ers posted a "Designated Smoking Area" sign on a sidewalk between the stadium and soccer fields. "Parents were asking me, 'Why are those people out there smoking?'" Heintz said. "The smoke was coming over to where the kids play." Team spokesman Bob Lange said the smoking zone has been removed. He explained that smoking there was supposed to be allowed only during NFL game days and special events, but somebody had mistakenly left the sign up. The team is now looking for another hangout for nicotine addicts, hopefully as far away as possible from healthy youngsters.

Council to air out tobacco ordinance
Sonoma Index-Tribune - March 13, 2015

Tobacco will be back on the burner Monday, when the Sonoma City Council considers the initial reading of a proposed Tobacco Retailers Licensing Program. If passed, the ordinance would limit the number of licensees to 16, grandfathering the currently established tobacco retailers into the program, and prohibit any new tobacco sellers within the city limits.

Rite Aid and tobacco sales
Redding Record Searchlight (blog) - March 13, 2015

Among the topics the public brought up at yesterdays Shasta County Planning Commission meeting on the proposed Rite Aid for Palo Cedro were tobacco sales.

Calm Before Tobacco Storm in Sacramento
Kitsap Sun - March 12, 2015

AB 768, by Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), would prohibit the use of all tobacco products -- including chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes -- at all baseball venues ...

Dixon City Council votes against online gaming, for e-cigarette ...
TheReporter.Com - March 11, 2015

Dixon has spoken and it says no to internet cafe gaming and yes to regulating electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) the same as tobacco cigarettes.

No Vape Zone: SF Hasn't Waited for Science to Declare War Against ...
SF Weekly - March 11, 2015

Leno's office contends that the bill doesn't touch medical marijuana use at all since current state law already bans cannabis smoking where tobacco smoking is ...

Council looks at smoke shop operations
Hanford Sentinel - March 11, 2015

There is also a question regarding the long-term health impact of e-cigarettes. The moratorium will be followed by a public hearing where the council has the ..

Supervisors Ban E-Cigarettes In Placer County Buildings And Vehicles
CBS Local - March 10, 2015

He believes E-cigarettes are a healthier alternative to smoking. "They see it ... The county now joins 75 other counties and cities placing bans on E-cigarettes.

Letter: How can we best clean up Arcata's streets?
Eureka Times Standard - March 10, 2015

I was pleased to read the Times-Standard's refreshingly plain-speaking and lucid editorial about smoking ("When is a ban on smoking not about smoking?

City moves forward with hookah lounge ban
Tehachapi News - March 10, 2015

...20, would expire before the ban takes effect following a March 16 public ... would additionally be added to the list of businesses already banned inside ... Private use could not be affected because hookahs are a legal form of tobacco smoking.

Solvang City Council Bans Electronic Cigarettes
KEYT - March 9, 2015

Similar to most areas in the state, people in Solvang can't smoke in public places ... wanted to add an electronic cigarette ban to it's current tobacco ordinance.

Letter: No-smoking, public drinking laws protect public health, safety
Eureka Times Standard - March 9, 2015

The no-smoking policy and open container policy in Arcata are about controlling unlawful ... The recent editorial, "When is a ban on smoking not about smoking?

El Camino College bans tobacco use on campus
The Daily Breeze - March 9, 2015

The ban also applies to vehicles on the community college campus near Torrance. Smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes, is now prohibited in all buildings and ... on campus, in college publications or on the school website is also banned.

Pro: E-Cigarettes and Hookah Pens
The Roundup News - March 8, 2015

In the spring of 2010, thanks in part of the Working Environment Committee, Pierce prohibited smoking on campus and has been smoke-free for five years.

Vaping in Placer County buildings could be banned
Auburn Journal - March 8, 2015

Placer County is moving toward banning vaping with electronic cigarettes in its buildings. The decision on vaping could come Tuesday, when the Board of Supervisors hears a staff report and request to designate county-owned or leased buildings as well as Placer County vehicles as off-limits to e-cigarette use.

Quick Takes: Newly Proposed Legislation in California
The UCSD Guardian Online - March 8, 2015

SB 151 and SB 140 Are Well-Intentioned, But Will Backfire on Lawmakers As the war wages on against tobacco products and their negative health consequences, California is attempting to pass two new state senate bills regarding cigarette/e-cigarette consumption. One of the bills, SB 140, bans the use of e-cigarettes in public areas. The other, SB 151 makes it illegal to sell cigarettes to anyone below age 21. Although stopping the perpetuation of cigarette use among young people is important, these bills may do more harm than good.

Online gambling, e-cigarette issues revisited in Dixon
TheReporter.Com - March 7, 2015

Emergency bans on online gambling and electronic cigarettes may have been voted down in Dixon, but the subject matter is far from dead.

A little bit of courtesy goes a long way
San Luis Obispo Tribune - March 7, 2015

I don't doubt that electronic cigarettes are a lesser evil than the real thing, but that's not a good enough reason to allow users to vape in public places. I also don't ...

HEMET: Council likely to ban smoking in parks
Press-Enterprise - March 7, 2015

Smoking, including electronic cigarettes, would be banned in Hemet parks under an ordinance the City Council is expected to approve Tuesday.

Editorial: When is a ban on smoking not about smoking?
Eureka Times Standard March 7, 2015

Let's be real. Arcata's smoking ordinance has just about as much to do with health as Eureka's newfound interest in grown men on bicycles has to do with traffic ...

Clearing away the smoke: E-cigarette myths exposed
Camarillo Acorn - March 6, 2015

... on nicotine addiction and took part in sessions on how major tobacco firms market cigarettes to teens and the health dangers posed by electronic cigarettes.

March 6: New group forms: Monterey County Collaborates
The Salinas Californian - March 6, 2015

The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Monterey County, Monterey County Traffic Safety Coalition and Sunrise House Prevention recently merged to create Monterey County Collaborates. Monterey County Collaborates envisions a Monterey County where youth are safe and become leaders that facilitate healthy choices. Monterey County Collaborates congratulates the California State Board of Pharmacy members on the adoption of a policy statement regarding tobacco sales at pharmacies. The statement reads: The California State Board of Pharmacy recognizes that pharmacists are health care providers and pharmacies are in the business of improving customer health; therefore the board recommends that pharmacies and chain stores that include pharmacies eliminate the sale of tobacco, e-cigarettes and tobacco products, as these products are known to cause cancer, heart disease, lung disease and other health problems.

Faculty Senate postpones vote on all-campus smoking ban
The Stanford Daily - March 6, 2015

The Faculty Senate decided on Thursday to postpone a vote on an all-campus smoking ban, referring it to committees to consider alternatives. It also rejected a motion to support President John Hennessys Feb. 19 call to maintain thoughtful and civil discourse at Stanford.

Senate discusses outdoor smoking policy, faculty diversity
Stanford University News - March 6, 2015

The Faculty Senate decided yesterday to refer proposals to make Stanford a smoke-free campus to a committee, which will be asked to propose other ways to reduce outdoor smoking without making smokers leave the core campus to light up.

Locals Are Responding To Alameda-Contra Costa Transit Ads For Smokefree Housing - March 4, 2015

"Bay Area residents want their city councils and boards of supervisors to adopt similar laws,"...Ads on public transit have the American Lung Association answering daily calls for stronger smokefree housing laws, lung association officials said. The ad

SLO council backs e-cigarette ban
Cal Coast News - March 4, 2015

On a 5-0 vote, the council passed the first reading of an ordinance that calls for extending the city's existing smoking ban to the use of e-cigarettes. The proposal ...

The Winery, Newport Beach, California
Cigar Aficionado - March 4, 2015

Clearly, the no-smoking ordinances are a hurdle, but also figuring out whether dedicating even a small amount of space to what is, admittedly, a relatively small ...

SLO may tack e-cigarettes onto smoking ban
Cal Coast News - March 3, 2015

Smoking is banned in most public places in San Luis Obispo, although ... California have already adopted e-cigarette bans, a San Luis Obispo staff report states.

Pomona gives final approval to ordinance banning smoking in parks
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin - March 2, 2015

POMONA >> City Council members gave final approval Monday night to an ordinance that prohibits smoking in the city's public parks. Council members, which ...

Healdsburg extends moratorium on e-cigarette lounges
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - March 2, 2015

"I think the effects of e-cigarettes are not known. That's why we want to take that precautionary measure until the research comes in," Mayor Shaun McCaffery ...

Head of California's Public Health Department to step down
Los Angeles Times - December 4, 2014

I see healthy vaccinated children wearing bike helmets, and safe food consumed in smoke-free restaurants," Chapman wrote. "I leave the department with ...

Town of San Anselmo toughens rules on smoking
Marinscope Community Newspapers - December 4, 2014

The ban would include vapors from burning medical marijuana, cigars, cigarettes and even electronic cigarettes. "I don't think ecigarettes are a cessation device, ..

Spirit Strengthening Families
Mid Valley News - December 3, 2014

Sitting beside Mrs. Granados was Esther Schiller and translating for her, Ricardo Torres from S.A.F.E. Smokefree Air for Everyone, accompanied by the magician ...

Chambers, C.; Sung, H.Y.; Max, W., "Home exposure to secondhand smoke among people living in multiunit housing and single family housing: a study of California adults, 2003-2012," Journal of Urban Health [Epub ahead of print], December 3, 2014.

HEMET: Coalition campaigns for smoke-free parks
Riverside Press-Enterprise - December 3, 2014

The coordinator of the Hemet Community Action Network Coalition is helping to put together an ordinance that would ban tobacco use in Hemet parks. The efforts are thanks to a Drug Free Communities grant, which, starting in 2011, provides $125,000 per yea

Lodi, CA Parks Smoking Ban
The Cigar Authority - December 3, 2014

Back in 2009 the California state legislature passed a bill to ban smoking at all state ... Arnold Schwarzenegger who stated that smoking bans should be decided by local ... Since then over 165 cities and counties have banned smoking in parks. ... Commission voted 3-0 to present a new ordinance banning smoking at local ...

Another View: Tax hikes on smokes save lives
Sacramento Bee - December 3, 2014

... on Californians and our health care system, and we believe every Californian should have the opportunity to live smoke-free, regardless of their income level.

Newly elected Sue Noack takes seat on Pleasant Hill City Council
Contra Costa Times - December 2, 2014

Weir also opposed measures he believed smacked of overregulation, such as an ordinance regulating firearms sales and a proposed ban on smoking in the ..

From Our Pages
San Diego Source (subscription) - December 2, 2014

Restaurant owners expressed relief that the San Diego City Council didn't impose a total smoking ban, but customer demands are forcing many to set aside ...

LIVE TWEETS: Shasta County supervisors meet
Record-Searchlight - December 2, 2014

The board will also mull updates to a county ordinance banning smoking in county buildings and vehicles to include electronic cigarettes and similar devices, ...

Letter: Letter to the Foster City Council
San Mateo Daily Journal - December 2, 2014

I am shocked and outraged at your expansion of our No Smoking Ordinance ("City bans smoking in apartments, continues to look at private property" in the Oct.

Lodi Recreation Commission to discuss smoking ban in city parks ...
Lodi News-Sentinel - December 2, 2014

The city of Lodi has banned smoking in any city-owned building, as well as ... Arnold Schwarzenegger, who said smoking bans should be decided by local ...

Lawmakers Introduce Health Bills on First Day of Legislative Session
California Healthline - December 2, 2014

... and; Hill also introduced a measure (SB 27) that would extend youth-targeted tobacco laws to electronic cigarettes ("Capitol Alert," Sacramento Bee, 12/1).

Milpitas native's research on tobacco usage at San Jose leads to ...
Contra Costa Times - December 1, 2014

...20 to make San Jose State a smoke- and tobacco-free place by Aug. ... to minors and three states have included them in their indoor air laws and smoking ban.

Should NCTD ban booze, e-cigs?
Seaside Courier - December 1, 2014

So now, board members are not only talking about banning booze from the Coaster, but also toying with a plan to prohibit electronic cigarettes from its properties ...

California Voters to Face Big Tax Decisions in 2016 - December 1, 2014

Health groups and other proponents said they need higher levies on each pack -- or even e-cigarettes -- to recoup more than $1 billion in revenues lost because ...

Consumers'perceptions of vape shops in southern California: an analysis of online Yelp reviews
7thSpace Interactive (portal) - November 28, 2014

…there were several vape shop and product attributes that consumers considered important to disseminate to others through postings on Yelp. Lack of health warnings about these products may misrepresent their potential risk. The main influence variables …

California voters may face new tax initiatives in 2016 - November 28, 2014

Imposing levies on e-cigarettes is also another possibility. Tobacco companies, however, say increased levies would be an added expense to retailers and ...

Law | San Anselmo, CA Considering Smoking Ban
The Cigar Authority - November 28, 2014

The town council of San Anselmo, California is looking to ban smoking that includes some residents own private patios. On Tuesday night the San Anselmo ...

Kicking Butts
Pasadena Weekly - November 26, 2014

"I support any suppression of tobacco-related advertising," said NAACP ... website, African-American communities are bombarded with cigarette advertising. ... Money spent on magazine advertising of menthol cigarettes, popular with African ...

Coaster booze ban idea revived
U-T San Diego - November 25, 2014

Officials are also proposing a ban on electronic cigarettes on all district vehicles and property. The spokeswoman said the agency has received complaints ...

SDSU puffs smoking ban in the right direction
Daily Aztec - November 25, 2014

The ban on smoking has been rather vague and ineffective. The rush to eliminate an entire habit in a year is unrealistic. Just because more smokers are out of sight doesnt mean the behavior on campus has disappeared. Smokers create just as much disturbance as skateboarders and are even more harmful to the health of the surrounding people, but unfortunately the ban is more of a suggestion than law. University police need to turn to something more impactful, such as ticketing, to remove the lingering number of smokers on campus.

El Cerrito panel backs stricter smoking restrictions
Contra Costa Times - November 24, 2014

EL CERRITO The city's Planning Commission got a chance to weigh in on the details of proposed new regulations on tobacco smoking and sales Nov. 19 and generally approved the steps the city is considering. The council asked city staff to craft an ordinance that would ban lighting up in parks and open spaces, sidewalks, multifamily housing and commercial areas. It also suggested more restrictive rules on tobacco sales, including raising the age to purchase tobacco products to 21, and increasing efforts to keep retail sales away from schools and sites frequented by children.

CSUN should bring forth a universal smoking ban
Daily Sundial - November 23, 2014

Now two semesters ago, a survey handed out to students was answered to in favor of a smoke-free campus. This response suggests the changing tide of how ...

OPINION: Separate designated vaping area
La Voz Weekly - November 22, 2014

In recent years, smokers have found healthier alternatives to traditional cigarettes and nicotine. The most popular among them are e-cigarettes, also known as ... De Anza College has considered creating a separate area for those who use vaporizers as opposed to standard cigarettes

NCTD considers banning e-cigarettes, alcohol
Seaside Courier - November 23, 2014

The North County Transit District is considering banning electronic cigarettes and alcoholic beverages from its facilities, buses and trains.

Letters to Sunday Datebook, Nov. 23
San Francisco Chronicle November 19, 2014

I enjoyed Datebooks cover art concept on Nov. 9 (Changing the face of art for a new era) until I saw the face of new art with a cigarette. Your art director sees something stylish, edgy and hip in heart, cancer and respiratory disease? Something new and different about spending ones short life addicted to nicotine, or being a slave to the tobacco industrys lucrative game?

We're ruled by the control freaks
Victorville Daily Press - November 21, 2014

I admit I was once guilty of this kind of thinking. As a young consumer reporter, I researched what doctors said was bad for us and what products might harm us. Then I demanded that the state pass rules to protect us from those things.

New campaign takes aim at e-cigarette use among Marin's youth
Marin Independent Journal - November 20, 2014

Concerned about the rising popularity of electronic cigarettes, county educators and health officials are trying to extinguish the trend among Marin's youth.

Some California Politicians Find Tobacco Money Hard To Resist
KPBS TV/FM (San Diego, CA) - November 19, 2014

six candidates for the State Assembly each accepted $4,100 from tobacco giant Philip Morris just before Election Day. All of them are Democrats. Knox pointed out Republicans take tobacco money, too. Since July, the California Republican Party has receiv

Banning smoking: How far is too far?
OCRegister - November 19, 2014

Once upon a time, there was smoking in bars, airplanes, restaurants and even ... of a different government so many years ago) has proposed banning sales of ...

Lodi Recreation Commission to consider ordinance banning ...
Lodi News-Sentinel - November 19, 2014

A sign indicating Detert Park's no-smoking and no-alcohol policy is posted at the ... The city's Recreation Commission will discuss the possibility of banning the ...

Oroville City Council rejects request to reclassify vapor-type ...
Oroville Mercury Register - November 19, 2014

Oroville >> While various jurisdictions are still debating the safety of vapor-type electronic cigarettes, the Oroville City Council took a stand Tuesday night to ...

Supervisors, public weigh in on Karuk casino arbitration
Siskiyou Daily News - November 19, 2014

Siskiyou residents opposed to the Karuk Tribe's proposed casino in Yreka ... whereas the county would like either a payment in lieu of taxes in the amount of ...

Recreation Commission to consider ordinance banning smoking in ...
Lodi News-Sentinel - November 19, 2014

Since then, more than 165 cities and counties across the state have banned smoking in parks, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.

Northern Inyo Hospital Goes Tobacco Free
Sierra Wave - November 18, 2014

Northern Inyo Hospital will be tobacco-free as of Thursday, Nov. 20. The move coincides with the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, which ...

Last coastal city holdout may reconsider smoking ban
Coast News - November 18, 2014

It is anticipated a no-smoking ban will be looked at again this December after ... San Diego County restaurants that banned smoking did not suffer business loss, ...

Kick The Butts
My Motherlode - November 18, 2014

One product adding to the problem is electronic cigarettes according to Calaveras' health officer, who cautions that is not quitting. "E-cigarettes promote nicotine ...

UCSF Report Says Program To Diminish Tobacco Use in California Is Fading
California Healthline - November 17, 2014

researchers said efforts to raise additional money have failed, in part because of increased willingness among state legislators to accept tobacco industry campaign donations. The report includes comments from: Kimberly Amazeen, vice president of public p

What's your opinion? E-cigarettes are just another way to kill yourself
The Desert Sun - November 17, 2014

Schurgin says this year's smokeout carries added significance because of the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes. He points out a story in the USA Today ...

Chico-based e-cigarette shop owner wants Oroville City Council to ...
Oroville Mercury Register - November 17, 2014

Oroville >> Are electronic cigarettes or vaporizing devices tobacco products? Not according to Chico-based A&M Vapes owner Aaron Andrus, who wants the Oroville City Council to amend its tobacco ordinance by reclassifying his product. The council will consider the request at the regular meeting Tuesday night. Andrus gave a non-agendized presentation on his nicotine-oil-based product to the City Council on Oct. 7. He explained that his product extracts oil from tobacco and people consume the oil through personal vaporizers.

Our view: Measure S doesn't mean status quo is sufficient
The Union of Grass Valley - November 15, 2014

Much of the discussion around the passing of an urgency ordinance ... grows, the in-public smoking of pot, the criminal element of illegal grows and the most ...

Fed Up Parents Want To Shut Down A Berkeley Pot Club Because ...
CBS Local - November 15, 2014

BERKELEY (CBS SF) Some Berkeley parents are tired of marijuana 'contact' fumes wafting into their yards from a nearby pot club. They want the city to do ...

Smoke-Free Campus: Healthier For All
CSULA University Times - November 14, 2014

Garcia states, "I would like a smoke-free campus, but it would be unfair to people who do smoke." Well, it is also unfair to those who do not smoke, but becoming ...

Smoking ban headed to council
The Turlock Journal - November 14, 2014

The Turlock Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission approved a reaffirmation of a smoking ban dating back from 2003 Tuesday night in a 6-2 vote, with one new caveat: electronic and vapor related products will now be prohibited as well, pending the approval of the City Council.

Electronic cigarettes will be banned in all non-smoking areas in ...
Westside Today - November 13, 2014

The use of e-cigarettes will also be banned in residential areas where smoking is already prohibited, including non-smoking apartment and condo units and ...

Electronic cigarettes banned in Santa Monica, Calif.
The Korea Times US - November 13, 2014

SANTA MONICA (CNS) Electronic cigarettes will be banned in all non-smoking areas in Santa Monica beginning today, including the Santa Monica Pier, beaches and the Third Street Promenade.

Electronic cigarettes will be banned in all non- smoking areas in ...
Westside Today - November 13, 2014

An ordinance approved by the City Council last month outlaws e- cigarettes in any place where traditional smoking is already banned. Those areas include ...

VIDEO: 2 Investigates: Poisonings from e-cigarette liquid spikes, mostly among children
KTVU/ Fox Ch. 2 (Oakland, CA) - November 12, 2014

...alarming trend in California: the number of calls to Poison Control for nicotine poisoning from e-cigarette liquid is on the rise, more than doubling in just the last year. And California Poison Control reports that most of those cases involve young ...

First 5 Solano commission amends tobacco policy to include e ...
TheReporter.Com - November 12, 2014

The policy change is a direct response to the recent uptick in e-cigarette usage and accidental child poisonings caused by tobacco and/or nicotine products in ...

Thanks to the hookah
San Diego Reader - November 12, 2014

#Hookah lounges, where customers smoke flavored tobacco from a waterpipe, thrive throughout the county. The swankier lounges have a full bar and DJs.

A New War on Smoking
East Bay Express - November 12, 2014

Some scientists and state lawmakers have called for a ban on filtered cigarettes across ... Bans on smoking in bars, restaurants, and public places have also ...

VapeRev Invites District 58 California Assembly Member Cristina ...
Yahoo Finance UK - November 12, 2014

"I am exploring the idea of authoring consumer protection legislation in the vaping industry and this educational visit was very informative and a good first step in ...

Music Talkers - November 11, 2014

Fast growing and trendsetting Southern California based vape shop and distribution company VapeRev ( is set to participate in the Cerritos ...

Moorpark College may become a tobacco-free campus
Moorpark Acorn - November 7, 2014

The policy prohibits the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, snuff, snus, water pipes, pipes, hookahs, chew, and any other noncombustible tobacco product, ...

Red Hawk Casino Again Voted Best in Nine Western States
Marketwired (press release) - November 6, 2014

... Native West category that includes Native American Casinos in nine western states. ... Casino amenities also include an entire floor dedicated to non-smoking ...

Santa Clara County Bans Sale Of Flavored Tobacco Products Often Marketed Towards Young People
CBS Local - November 6, 2014

Santa Clara County has become the first jurisdiction in the western United States to adopt a law banning the sale of flavored tobacco products that are often marketed towards young people, a county spokeswoman said Thursday.

Arcata City Council moves forward with open container ban
Eureka Times Standard - November 5, 2014

The ordinance would expand the city's open container ban from a few select areas to ... Chapman also brought up the idea of banning smoking in the plaza area ...

Opinion: Creativity, Found in WeHo Residents and Business Owners ...
WEHOville - November 5, 2014

Lift the fur ban, the smoking ban and the plastic bag ban and let businesses and patrons find solutions together that work. And flying a rainbow flag over City Hall ...

California's pace slows in reducing smoking
San Francisco Chronicle - November 5, 2014

state may no longer be the standard-bearer when it comes to antitobacco policy. The smoking declines are getting smaller, and political campaign contributions from the tobacco industry are getting bigger. These are the findings of a 300-page UCSF study th

Letter: Airport needs a smoking section
Palm Springs (CA) Desert Sun - November 5, 2014

Palm Springs International Airport designate a smoking section ...There are a number of benches available to passengers in that area and at the secondary terminal (gates 12-20) but unfortunately many, if not all, are taken up by smokers.

Study Puts Dollar Amount on Cost of Smoking in California
New America Media - November 5, 2014

smoking-related illnesses cost California $18.1 billion in 2009. That comes to about $487 per resident or $4,603 per smoker. The costs included direct healthcare expenses as well as lost productivity due to illness or death. There were 34,363 smoking-rel

McDonnell, O'Donnell, Nguyen Cruise To Election Wins
Gazette Newspapers - November 5, 2014

48 would have allowed a native American Indian tribe to build and operate a casino ... It would have continued a property tax to raise money for parks and park ...

Apartment owners pushed to butt out
San Diego (CA) Reader - November 4, 2014

San Diego County officials have stepped behind a push by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to encourage apartment-building owners to ban smoking anywhere on their properties.

COOK: Tobacco has costs even if you don't smoke
Marin Independent Journal - November 4, 2014

Each Marin resident, including nonsmokers, shells out $551 for the cost of smoking, according to a county-by-county report on the costs of smoking in California, recently completed by University of California at San Francisco researchers Drs. Wendy Max an

Arcata council to consider citywide open container ban, extending downtown no-smoking zone
Eureka Times Standard - November 3, 2014

The Arcata City Council at its Wednesday meeting will hear the first reading on of a pair of ordinances aimed at expanding the city's downtown no-smoking zone and creating a citywide open container ban. ...

Business Inter-Club Council students clean up trash, cigarette butts ...
The Daily Titan - November 2, 2014

Even with a campuswide smoking ban since last August, the benches in between the orange groves has remained a popular spot with smokers. As a result ...

Apartment smoking ban passed
Half Moon Bay Review - October 31, 2014

Smoking will be prohibited in Coastside apartment complexes by the end of next year after the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved a ban in unincorporated multi-unit residences. The ordinance applies to apartment, townhouse and condominium complexes in unincorporated San Mateo County, but excludes hotels, assisted living facilities and detached single family homes. The majority of affected housing complexes are in unincorporated Redwood City, but 80 Coastside units will be affected by the ban as well. It includes e-cigarettes but not medical marijuana. The Health System believes the passage of the ordinance will significantly contribute to improving the health ...

Big Tobacco, Health Care Industry Team Up to Fund Prop. 1 Campaign
Bay Area Indymedia - October 31, 2014

Tobacco giant Philip Morris and the robber barons from the health care and insurance industry have joined a rogue's gallery of corporate agribusiness interests, Big Oil and greedy billionaires in funding the campaign to pass Prop. 1, Governor Jerry Brown's water bond boondogle. Philip Morris, the largest tobacco company in the United States, contributed $100,000 to Governor Browns ballot measure committee established to support Propositions 1& 2. On October 20, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) strongly encouraged the governor to return those funds. ACS CAN recently launched its Snuff Tobacco Money out of California Politics campaign requesting that all candidates for state office reject campaign contributions, including donations to committees controlled by a candidate such as Governor Browns Yes on Prop 1 & 2 Committee. Under ACS CAN criteria, Gov. Brown is the first candidate for office in the state to accept a campaign contribution from a tobacco company since the effort was launched on July 1. Gov. Brown should return this money right away, said Jim Knox, vice president of government relations for ACS CAN in California. Propositions 1 and 2 are important public policy debates, but the tobacco companies are cynically using these measures to curry favor with the governor. Philip Morris doesnt care about water or a rainy day fund. They only care about addicting youth and low-income communities to their deadly products."

Watsonville city leaders ban e-cigarettes in public places - October 30, 2014

WATSONVILLE, Calif. - An e-cigarette is a battery-powered vaporizer, which for some gives the same high as tobacco - but produces a mist rather than actual cigarette smoke. On Tuesday Watsonville city leaders voted unanimously to ban the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces, though they are still allowed to be sold in stores.

Smoking Section?
The North Coast Journal - October 30, 2014

Arcata would do better instead of trying to ban smoking and public drinking, to be progressive and build a cool place for folks that do that to hang out that's fairly ...

In Berkeley and San Francisco Elections, Soda Is One of the Biggest ...
Governing - October 30, 2014

The early health concerns that led to a drop in cigarette purchases were followed by per-pack taxes and local and state smoking bans, and those measures have ...

Watsonville city leaders ban e-cigarettes in public places - October 30, 2014

An e-cigarette is a battery-powered vaporizer, which for some gives the same high as tobacco - but produces a mist rather than actual cigarette smoke.

Apartment smoking ban passed
Half Moon Bay Review - October 30, 2014

It includes e-cigarettes but not medical marijuana. "The Health System believes the passage of the ordinance will significantly contribute to improving the health ...

Watsonville bans e-cigarettes in public spaces
Santa Cruz Sentinel - October 29, 2014

E-cigarette users inhale vapor instead of the smoke of traditional cigarettes. ... Eduardo Montesino said he wondered if the devices could be banned altogether.

San Marcos tightens e-cig rules
U-T San Diego - October 28, 2014

... that have banned the use of electronic cigarettes wherever traditional smoking is ... E-cigarettes don't create smoke, but rather vapor as they deliver nicotine to the ... should have tougher rules for e-cigarettes - including banning indoor use in ... "It concerns me only because the decision (to ban) is made out of ignorance ...

Big Tobacco Makes a Comeback in California: Even Democrats Are Taking Money From Tobacco Companies | The Snitch
San Francisco Weekly - October 28, 2014

The tobacco industry is tightening its grip on California politics in attempt to block anti-tobacco legislation - and its working, according to a new study from UCSF. Big tobacco has donated some $64 million to various political campaigns over the last

ACS CAN Calls Upon Three Candidates to Return ... - October 27, 2014

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network continues to call on California politicans to stop taking and give back tobacco industry ...

Residents ask city to address activity at sober-living home
OCRegister - October 27, 2014

... City Council approved an ordinance to regulate sober-living homes because of residents' complaints about excessive noise, traffic and secondhand smoke.

Yes on Prop 48: Compacts benefit tribes and poor communities
San Jose Mercury News - October 27, 2014

Proposition 48 is on the ballot as the latest attempt by two local tribal casinos and ... shared revenues and new tax revenues to some of the poorest regions of the ...

Indian casinos could go off-reservation with Prop 48
KABC-TV - October 27, 2014

It will give the tribe an opportunity to bring in revenue and it's just a win-win for ... Why not open it up to everybody in the state and charge taxes and revenue for ...

Smoking on campus continues despite smoking ban
Daily Aztec - October 27, 2014

Last spring San Diego State adopted a smoke and tobacco-free policy across campus in an effort to create a healthy environment. Although the policy is into its ...

UCSF report: California Tobacco Control Program under threat - October 26, 2014

California's position as a leader in tobacco control is under threat, according to a new report from the UC San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. Once a highly successful program and international model, the state's anti-tobacco efforts now appear to be waning due to the decreased spending power of the California Tobacco Control Program, a resurgence of the tobacco industry in state politics, and the emergence of new unregulated tobacco products.

Daly City: Four candidates compete for three council seats
Contra Costa Times - October 25, 2014

He supported the city's crackdown this year on electronic cigarettes and the 2011 merging of the city's library and recreation departments. Buenaventura did not ...

Manhattan Beach mayor's walk gives residents a relaxed forum
Beach Reporter - October 24, 2014

Powell credits information gathered from the first series of walks with helping push though expansion of the smoking ban on the beach to take in The Strand as ...

Editorial: Harrington for Aliso Viejo Council
OCRegister - October 24, 2014

For example, Mr. Harrington opposes the proposed anti-smoking ordinance affecting multi-family homes. The proposal "should never have been brought forward ...

Endorsement video: Vote yes on Prop. 48 and let the North Fork ...
Los Angeles Times - October 24, 2014

That's 38 miles away from the tribe's established reservation. Proposed ... Brown to take the land off state tax rolls and hold it in trust for a casino. It followed all ...

California's Tobacco Control Efforts Losing Steam: Reduced Spending Power, Resurgence of Big Tobacco, e-cigs to blame
Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (UCSF) - October 23, 2014

"The combination of weak leadership at the state level, willingness of political leaders to accept tobacco industry money, and inflation eroding the spending power of the California Tobacco Control Program are compromising its effectiveness, which will l

Tobacco license ordinance moves forward
Gilroy Dispatch - October 23, 2014

Under the proposed ordinance, store owners would also be required to conduct ... fines on business owners isn't the right way to reduce underage smoking.

Piedmont: Crime continues to decline, police chief says
Contra Costa Times - October 22, 2014

In other matters: The council also approved the first reading of a smoking ... Jeff Wieler voting against it because he objected only to the ban on e-cigarettes.

Awards & Honors
UCR Today (press release) - October 22, 2014

"It's truly an honor to receive this award and to be recognized for my work leading the UC Smoke/Tobacco-Free efforts," Chobdee said. "I'm very excited and ...

San Mateo County bans smoking inside apartments, condos and ...
San Jose Mercury News - October 22, 2014

Smoking either tobacco or electronic cigarettes will be prohibited inside ... areas of San Mateo County under a ban approved 4-1 Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors. ... In addition to banning smoking inside buildings with shared spaces, the ...

San Mateo County Supervisors Vote To Include E-Cigarettes In ...
CBS Local - October 22, 2014

Across California, Bigue said 26 jurisdictions prohibit smoking in multi-unit housing. In unincorporated areas of San Mateo County, the ban will extend to ...

Healdsburg becomes first city in California to ban tobacco sales to ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter - October 22, 2014

Councilman Tom Chambers says officials in the Sonoma County city have an obligation to take steps to turn the tide on smoking. Casting the dissenting vote ...

The cost of smoking
Appeal-Democrat - October 22, 2014

Sutter County smokers are losing 2,110 years of potential life to tobacco use. ... Cigarette smoking is widely known to be the leading cause of preventable death ... delivery systems like hookah pens (electronic vaporizers) and e-cigarettes. ... 90 percent of businesses selling tobacco in Sutter County had flavored products ...

HVLA refutes union's claims
Record Bee - October 22, 2014

The change in the smoking policy also referred to banning the use of e-cigarettes, which was discussed at the table and the union did not have a problem with, ...

Smoking to be banned at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
Redlands Daily Facts - October 22, 2014

The new policy, adopted to fit the hospital's mission of improving health and because many other hospitals have similar restrictions, bans all forms of smoking ...

Sonoma tables proposed rules for tobacco vendors
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - October 21, 2014

... on tobacco retailers in hopes of curtailing children's access to cigarettes and tobacco. While state and federal law prohibit its sale to minors, tobacco remains

Madera Community Split On Proposition 48, Casino Plan
Valley Public Radio - October 21, 2014

The tribe plans to build a large casino complex featuring as many as 2,000 slot ... and went to fee status which is where you pay property taxes," McGovran said.

Smoking exacts high toll in California
SFGate - October 21, 2014

UC Berkeley became a smoke-free campus following a mandate by the university president. Lisa Zettl from Germany, smokes on the University of California.

NIH provides over $1.5 million for CSUF professor cancer research
The Daily Titan - October 20, 2014

... in early onset melanoma, tools for Latina Breast Cancer survivors and investigation into national and local retail advertising of e-cigarettes aimed at minorities.

Elections: Q&A with 4-year term Arcata council candidate Sofia Pereira
Eureka Times Standard - October 20, 2014

If the ban was modified to only include the plaza or if designated smoking areas ... providing more signage notifying people of the ban would help police with ...

Elections: Q&A with 4-year term Arcata council candidate Juan ...
Eureka Times Standard - October 20, 2014

And the ban applies to marijuana smoke as well, so instead of people smoking in the privacy of their home, the smoking ban forces people to smoke marijuana ..

Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (UCSF) - October 20, 2014

Good for ACS CAN in calling out Governor Brown for taking $100,000 from Philip Morris. He should do what ACS asks and give the money back (and pledge not to take any more).

County rules target e-cigs and smoking: Board of Supervisors ...
San Mateo Daily Journal - October 20, 2014

Smoking inside apartments and condominiums in the unincorporated areas of ... the past under a proposed ban coming before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. ... With the county having already established smoking controls like banning it ...

Santa Monica Bans E-Cigarettes In All "No-Smoking" Places
Santa Monica Mirror - October 20, 2014

The Santa Monica City Council last week adopted a new law that treats electronic smoking devices, or e-cigarettes, the same as traditional cigarettes under its ...

Law | Healdsburg, CA Voting On Raising Tobacco Age
The Cigar Authority - October 20, 2014

The movement to raise the tobacco age to 21 has been gaining steam in states ... who sell tobacco products as well as banning tobacco sales at pharmacies.

Chukchansi casino has brought cash and turmoil to once ...
Sierra Star - October 20, 2014

On a June day in 1999, close to 20 Chukchansi members burst into tribal .... with Madera County over property taxes and whether the tribe - a sovereign nation ...

Oct. 21 Planning Commission: Yoga Studio, Animal Shelter, Cigar ... - October 18, 2014

Request: The applicant is requesting a Conditional Use Permit to operate an ... indoor use of tobacco products including cigars, cigarettes, and pipe tobacco in ...

Lawsuit alleges Glendale councilman caused firing of antismoking hospital worker
Glendale (CA) News-Press - October 18, 2014

Gallegos was terminated in 2012 after he wrote a letter published in the Glendale News-Press criticizing Najarian, Councilwoman Laura Friedman and former Councilman Rafi Manoukian for voting in favor of easing up on smoking restrictions at restaurants wi

Smoking cigarettes inside apartments and condos may be banned ...
San Jose Mercury News - October 17, 2014

Medical marijuana would be exempted. The law would apply to all housing facilities with two or more units and at least one shared ceiling, floor, wall or ...

DENNEY: Measure D and Tobacco Tactics
Berkeley (CA) Daily Planet - October 17, 2014

Walker Merryman of the Tobacco Institute said it best in 1991 "It's barely controlled chaos [at the local level]. We can't be everywhere at once." The Daily Planet's editor hasn't endorsed Measure D, sidetracked by the idea that sugary soda is only one

Laguna Hills, CA, Bans Electronic Cigarettes From Vending Machines
VendingMarketWatch - October 17, 2014

Laguna Hills, CA, city council has decided to treat electronic cigarettes, or E-Cigs, the same as conventional cigarettes under local ordinances, including ...

Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 403
Stogie Guys Online Cigar Magazine - October 17, 2014

Culver Citya California town near Los Angeles with a population of about 40,000has criminalized smoking inside condos, apartments, and other multi-unit residences. This week, the City Council voted 4-1 to approve the new ban, with the only opposition coming from an official who thought the ordinance lacked the teeth for proper enforcement.

NORCO: Council backs off hookah smoking ban
Press-Enterprise - October 16, 2014

Until the Norco City Councils Wednesday night vote, it appeared a Norco restaurant owners desire to attract diners with hookah smoking on his patio would remain a pipe dream. The council agreed that it was no different than smoking cigarettes, cigars or pipes. ... Hookah pipes, which are used to smoke flavored tobacco, have become ...

Santa Monica bans e-cigarettes in public places
Los Angeles Times - October 16, 2014

Two existing vapor bars will be exempt from new ban on in-store smoking Starting Nov. 14, e-cigarettes will be banned in public places and retailers will need a license

North Coast Journal - October 16, 2014

She said the smoking ban would be "a bit extreme," but at the same time saw it as a ... Chapman is researching smoking and open container bans in other cities, and ... "What we're effectively accomplishing with that is banning smoking on the ...

NORCO: Council backs off hookah smoking ban
Press-Enterprise - October 16, 2014

Hookah pipes, which are used to smoke flavored tobacco, have become popular in the Inland area, although many cities have banned the practice.

Council Passes Smoking Ban for Multi-Unit Residences
Culver City Observer - October 16, 2014

The Council's vote was 4-1 in favor of the smoking ban. ... might take, Baker noted the similar process when smoking was banned in Culver City restaurants and ...

UCSF study: Smoking takes $18.1 billion toll in California - October 16, 2014

The toll extends to nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke who also are known to suffer ill health effects and increased mortality. In the new report, the ...

E-cigs folded into existing smoking ordinance
OCRegister - October 15, 2014

Thomas Hanscome holds his electronic cigarette. At the bottom, there is a battery pack and attached to a cartomizer. Instead of burning tobacco, electronic ...

Santa Monica Bans Public E-Cigarette Use
CBS Local - October 15, 2014

In store smoking at vapor bars will also be banned. ... 13. Santa Monica now joins the cities of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills in banning public e-cigarette use.

Local youth aim to keep parks smoke free
Paradise Post - October 15, 2014

The youths hope to institute a ban on smoking in local parks. ... The youths, part of the club's Buttkickers anti-smoking team, presented two plastic containers full ...

Study: Tobacco use toll drops in California, but smoking still more ...
San Francisco Examiner - October 15, 2014

"The City has a long history of…adopting policies that promote smoke-free environments," said Susana Hennessey-Lavey, a health educator for the Department ...

$18 billion tobacco toll in California: More deaths than from AIDS ...
Medical Xpress - October 15, 2014

The toll extends to nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke who also are known to suffer ill health effects and increased mortality. In the new report, the ...

Santa Monica approves e-smoking restrictions
Los Angeles Times - October 14, 2014

The Santa Monica ordinance also follows similar ordinances adopted in Los Angeles ... ordinance, vaping will be treated just like traditional cigarette smoking.

Schurdell: Measures O and P will give growers free rein
Lake County News - October 13, 2014

It is ironic that they do not want smoking, but they want to legalize marijuana smoking and use, the secondhand smoke from which is found to be bad for you.

Weighing smoking ban, Calif. city gets whiff of surprise
CBS News - October 14, 2014

TURLOCK, Calif. - The City of Turlock, Calif. spent months debating whether to ban smoking in public parks, only to discover the city council banned it years ago,

Garden Grove Council Considering New Billboard for 22 Freeway
VoiceofOC - October 14, 2014

The city is also considering an ordinance to allow electronic reader boards and an ordinance banning the use of e-cigarettes where tobacco also is not allowed.

Pleasant Hill council candidates in their own words
Contra Costa Times - October 14, 2014

That's why I've championed stricter nonsmoking ordinances to prevent the harmful effects of secondhand smoke on our children. I will continue my efforts to keep ...

Costa Mesa extends hookah lounge moratorium
OCRegister - October 13, 2014

Vape shops, which sell e-cigarettes and sometimes have couch-lined rooms similar to hookah parlors, are still relatively new, and city staff hopes to design ...

Smoking on campus puts students at risk
The Poly Post - October 13, 2014

If CPP bans smoking on campus, it would create a better and more welcoming environment. Most importantly, a ban would reduce the possibility of health issues ...

Smell of Smoke Downtown
Santa Barbara Edhat - October 13, 2014

Otherwise you can talk with an attorney and sue neighbors over the right to enjoy your property/house as a smoke-free environment. A letter threatening a ...

NORCO: Hookah ordinance back on City Council agenda
Press-Enterprise - October 13, 2014

Hookah pipes, which are used to smoke flavored tobacco, have become popular in the Inland area, though many cities have banned the practice. Contact the ...


Hot Debates to Watch This Week
VoiceofOC - October 12, 2014

A large electronic billboard could soon be headed to the 22 freeway in Garden Grove. The city is also considering an ordinance to allow electronic reader boards and an ordinance banning the use of e-cigarettes where tobacco also is not allowed.

Cheers, jeers for the week of Oct. 5-11, 2014
Fairfield Daily Republic - October 11, 2014

Cheers to the Suisun City Council for its decision to ask staff to draft an ordinance to ban smoking in designated areas of city parks, such as Harbor Plaza, during ...

Smoking already illegal in Turlock parks, just not enforced
The Turlock Journal - October 9, 2014

Residents fuming over the smoking ban at city parks being discussed by Turlocks Arts, Parks, and Recreation Commission in recent months may be surprised to find out that smoking in parks is already technically illegal. The one thing that is lacking is e-cigarettes because e-cigarettes weren't around back in 2003 so I think just for that we should bring the item back and include ...

Guest view: Protect our youth now
Gilroy Dispatch - October 9, 2014

As one small town in California, we may not have the financial resources or political power to change the tobacco industrys marketing practices toward youth. However, we do have the power to stem the flow of cigarettes to our youth through illegal sales. And we have the responsibility to do so as well. ... has even moved toward promoting candy, mint and liquor flavored tobacco products, including little cigars/cigarillos, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes.

City College's Sprawling Impact
Santa Barbara Independent - October 9, 2014

And since Santa Barbara City College enacted a smoking ban in the summer of 2013, cigarette butts litter streets surrounding campus. The area has turned into ...

Guest view: Protect our youth now
Gilroy Dispatch - October 9, 2014

In fact, the rates of Latino middle and high school students reporting smoking a ... This ordinance has the support of diverse community leaders throughout Santa Clara ... Similar ordinances have been adopted by our neighbors in Morgan Hill, ...

Bakersfield College's smoking policy still a work in progress
Renegade Rip - October 8, 2014

According to Chris Hine from the KCCD's legal department, there is a difference between smoke-free and tobacco free. Hine said "smoke-free means no ...

Costa Mesa restricts sober-living homes
Daily Pilot - October 8, 2014

... smoking, parking congestion and noise among them - praised the new law. ... City staff said one goal of the ordinance, which will go for final adoption Oct. 21, ... Staff said the ordinance, which the Planning Commission recommended last ...

PARC Moves Smoking Ban Item to November - October 8, 2014

Proponents of the ban stated health concerns due to secondhand smoke as being a primary motivation behind why smoking, in any form, should be banned in ...

Snuff Tobacco Money Out of California Politics: Challenge Accepted
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network - October 8, 2014

Candidates and officeholders who have accepted the challenge to reject contributions from tobacco companies (current officeholders are listed with their title). California Senate candidates and officeholders CJ Jawahar SD 4 Assemblymember Roger Dickins

There's more than one way to vote
Santa Monica Daily Press - October 8, 2014

...3 to stop selling tobacco products in their nearly 8,000 stores/pharmacies. ... is in tobacco sales, and Walgreens, Rite Aid, supermarkets and convenience stores ...

Don't Reward the Wayward College
Santa Barbara Independent - October 6, 2014

Since SBCC banned smoking on campus, students set up smoking lounges outside our homes, leaving their cigarette butts and fast-food wrappers on the curb.

No decision yet on hookah smoking at restaurant
Press-Enterprise - October 2, 2014

Discussion of a proposal to prevent hookah smoking in the city has been delayed ... popular in the Inland area, though many cities have banned the practice.

CBS to Carry Chargers-Jets Live in Southern California - October 3, 2014

Per San Diego Municipal Code, Qualcomm Stadium is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is prohibited inside all areas of Qualcomm Stadium. Fans who continue to ...

Water Cooler: Ban tobacco sales in pharmacies?
Hollister Free Lance - October 2, 2014

Would a location selling so-called medical marijuana be banned from selling tobacco products? Enough ... I support pharmacies which ban sales of tobacco.

GLANTZ: ACS CAN takes a step toward holding California politicians accountable for taking tobacco money
Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (UCSF) - October 2, 2014

...the real need is to hold those who do take tobacco money, including Governor Jerry Brown, accountable (not just leave them off the list of "good guys").

NORCO: Decision on hookah patio delayed
Press-Enterprise - October 2, 2014

In a 3-2 vote, the Norco City Council has approved a request from a Norco restaurant owner to delay action on his application to allow hookah smoking on his patio.

UCLA Recieves $3M to Combat Secondhand Smoke in L.A. Apartment Buildings September 30, 2014

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to combat the effects of secondhand smoke on low-income Latino and black families living in Los Angeles-area apartment buildings, the university announced Tuesday.

California caves to Big Tobacco lobbying: Guest commentary
Long Beach Press Telegram - September 29, 2014

There is an addiction as toxic as the 7,000 chemicals and nearly 70 carcinogens found in cigarette smoke. Something as lethal as the arsenic, cadmium, lead and vinyl chloride inhaled with every puff. It is killing Californians even though it is easily preventable the flow of big bucks from tobacco companies into the wallets of political candidates.

NORCO: Proposed hookah lounge ban rekindles debate
Press-Enterprise - September 29, 2014

Eddie Ammari and his partner thought hookahs on the patio would bring true Middle Eastern flavor to Norcos newest Mediterranean restaurant when they opened it in July.

New health officer wants tobacco ban in local pharmacies
Hollister Free Lance - September 26, 2014

San Benito Countys new public health officer wants to make the sale of tobacco products illegal in local pharmacies and reduce the amount of related advertising in any store windows.

Lakeport company capitalizes on e-cigarette boom
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - September 26, 2014

The exploding popularity of e-cigarettes is helping fuel the growth of a Lakeport company that started out in the home of its founder and now supplies ...

Heated debate over proposed Santa Rosa smoking rules
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - September 26, 2014

Santa Rosas plan to expand its anti-smoking laws to cover private dwellings sparked a lively debate Thursday between smokers who view the move as government run amok and others who feel they have a right not to breathe their neighbors secondhand smoke.

Solano Public Health awarded grant for chronic disease prevention
TheReporter.Com - September 25, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday that Solano County Public Health is the recipient of a three-year, "Partnerships to Improve Community Health" (PICH) grant totaling $3.69 million to prevent chronic diseases in Solano County. ... to increase access to healthy foods and beverages, increase tobacco and smoke-free environments and provide free Healthier Living workshops to the public.

Lawsuit Alleges E-Cig Company Misled Smokers About Helping ...
JD Supra (press release) - September 25, 2014

... the ingredients for its products, so even cautious consumers would be incapable of making an informed decision about whether to use its e-cigs, the suit adds.

Council approves vaping ordinance
Santa Monica Daily Press - September 25, 2014

They are banned near doorways, in the parks, on the beach, and even - for new ... The ordinance will ban smoking in vaping lounges, with the exception of the ...

Editorial: Needlessly smoldering issue in Aliso Viejo
Orange County Register - September 25, 2014

As government continues to create rationales for exerting its authority, the issue of smoking in one's own home should be left to that home's owner and its residents.

Del Rey Oaks takes steps toward Monterey County's first pot ...
Monterey County Herald - September 25, 2014

A special ordinance must be passed to allow the dispensary to operate, and ... Edelen said, including "not to walk around smoking marijuana on the streets.".

Smoke-free housing policy is commended
Imperial Valley Press - September 25, 2014

Our leaders must do all they can to protect the well-being of their residents, and can start by expanding their smoke-free policies to protect people where they ...

Meetings to discuss further curbs on smoking in Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - September 24, 2014

The city is proposing a sweeping expansion of its anti-smoking laws. The new regulations would ban the smoking of tobacco, marijuana and electronic ...

Hermosa Beach pledges tighter no-smoking enforcement, eyes ...
Easy Reader - September 24, 2014

The council also tentatively agreed to add e-cigarettes to the smoking ban. ... A licensing program also could restrict tobacco sales near schools and parks.

Debate rages again on smoking in apartments
OC Register - September 23, 2014

ALISO VIEJO - The creation of a No Smoking Ad Hoc Committee earlier this year ... cities that had implemented no-smoking ordinances in multiunit housing and took ... The city also estimated that a new ordinance would require more code ...

Harbor Boulevard getting new look
Daily Pilot - September 23, 2014

The property is completely smoke-free. Another development nearing completion is Azulón at Mesa Verde, a senior housing complex off Harbor at 1500 Mesa ...

Smoke-free housing policy is commended
Imperial Valley Press - September 23, 2014

Our leaders must do all they can to protect the well-being of their residents, and can start by expanding their smoke-free policies to protect people where they ...

Middle school students attend leadership training
Porterville Recorder - September 23, 2014

... a full day of activities, including leadership development, how to conduct an "ice-breaker," team building and the dangers of hookahs and e-cigarettes.

Student Health Committee emphasizes smoking ban
Sonoma State Star - September 23, 2014

The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC), one of the clubs responsible for connecting student needs with campus resources, assists and advises the ...

Stanford allows the criminal tobacco industry to influence its research
The Stanford Daily - September 23, 2014

In recent years, Stanford has terminated its investments in core tobacco companies, adopted a Smoke-Free Environment Policy that prohibits the smoking of ..

School board prepares to ban e-cigarettes, as 'vaping' becomes ...
SFGate (blog) - September 23, 2014

E-cigarettes, which allow users to inhale nicotine vapor instead of tobacco fumes, are advertised as a safer alternative to smoking. But the health effects of ...

Quality of life in L.A. about to rise
L.A. Biz - September 23, 2014

for lighting fireworks and $250 for smoking in prohibited areas, and those $100 dogs off-leash fines would get incrementally higher on subsequent infractions, according to the TV station. Koretz has reportedly been …

Governor Signs Telehealth Streamlining
California Healthline - September 23, 2014

AB 1819 by Assembly member Isadore Hall III (D-Compton) will ban smoking in a private residence that is used as a licensed family day care home. AB 1967 by ...

E-cig business earns awards
Record Bee - September 23, 2014

Virgin Vapor is also active in local chapters of e-cigarette advocacy organizations such as SFATA, the Smoke Free Alternative Trade Association, and CASAA, ...

Santa Monica Council Poised to Regulate E-Cigarettes
The Lookout News - September 22, 2014

The use of electronic cigarettes in public places has ignited a firestorm of controversy across the nation. Next week, Santa Monica will likely join Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Long Beach in regulating the smoking trend.

Council to consider e-cig ordinance
Santa Monica Daily Press - September 21, 2014

f you read articles written by numerous regional news outlets a few months ago, you might think that City Council already outlawed e-cigarettes. In fact, the ordinance regulating e-cigarettes in the city by the sea will be considered by council on Tuesday. The ordinance is fairly simple in that it essentially with a few exceptions treats the electronic smoking devices like traditional tobacco cigarettes, which are already heavily regulated in the city. It would also include the vaporizers under the definition of tobacco products for the purpose of City Halls tobacco retail license...

Smoke 'em if you got 'em!
PCC Courier - September 21, 2014

You may have noticed that there is an absurd amount of cigarette butts littered around the perimeter of the PCC campus. This is because on January 1, 2014, PCC became an entirely smoke free campus, and smokers are forced to retreat beyond the schools boundaries to enjoy a cigarette. But how much harm is this ban reducing?

California to ban smoking at home day cares
KERO-TV 23 - September 20, 2014

Home day care operators in California must stop smoking in their houses, even after hours when children are gone. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday he had signed AB1819, joining 12 other states with similar bans that target "third-hand" smoke. Smoking during day care hours is already banned. Democratic Assemblyman Isadore Hall of Compton says his bill responds to the dangers of smoke that lingers in furniture and carpets.

Tobacco license discussion heats up
Gilroy Dispatch - September 18, 2014

Local leaders and city officials are moving forward with a plan to ensure any access minors may have to tobacco products behind the counter is cut off.

Tobacco Free Farm Share and free food distribution
Santa Rosa Press Gazette - September 18, 2014

We would like to continue to serve Santa Rosa County Residents in an effort to reduce tobacco use as well as second and third hand smoke. Last year this event ...

Tribe's hopes for huge Madera casino hinge on ballot battle
SFGate - September 18, 2014

When California voters amended the state Constitution in 2000 to allow Indian gaming, part of the sales pitch was that casinos would be kept to existing Indian ...

E-cigarettes have no place on a smoke-free CSUF campus
The Daily Titan - September 17, 2014

The idea of smoke-free has developed a controversial grey area with the growing ... The popular new trend is currently included in the campus-wide ban, and ...

Piedmont: 'F' on city's smoking ordinance sparks debate
San Jose Mercury News - September 17, 2014

PIEDMONT -- Discussion over a smoking ordinance to upgrade the "F" grade the city currently has with American Lung Association recommendations generated ...

Smoke 'em if you got 'em!
PCC Courier - September 17, 2014

This is because on January 1, 2014, PCC became an entirely smoke free ... The smoking ban has done nothing to decrease the amount of second hand smoke.

DEAR JON: E-cigarettes still largely allowed - September 17, 2014

I received this question anonymously, "Dear Jon, is it legal to smoke ... The city of Santa Cruz has added e-cigarettes to their tobacco ban ordinance, but no other ... Tobacco is banned in restaurants and bars and workplaces in California, but as of ... So much like the plastic bag bans popping up in cities and counties in the ...

Mission Viejo may ban minors from using e-cigarettes
OCRegister - September 17, 2014

Mission Viejo may ban minors from using e-cigarettes. A proposed ... Proponents say e-cigarettes help people quit smoking and are safer than cigarettes.

Time to quit smoking at PCC
PCC Courier - September 17, 2014

The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation reported that "1,372 100% smoke-free campuses" exist in the United States. As the nationwide smoke-free ...

VIDEO: Council Votes to Regulate Sale of E-Cigarettes
NBC San Diego 7/39 - September 17, 2014

The ordinance, proposed earlier this year by Councilmember Mark Kersey, suggested banning vaping or e-cigs in public places like parks, beaches, bars and restaurants. The ordinance also calls for businesses selling e-cigarettes to have a tobacco retailer

City Council passes e-cigarette ordinance
KUSI-9 (San Diego, CA) - September 17, 2014

City Council members hope today's unanimous vote will make it harder for these kids to graduate to regular cigarettes. Joe Boardman went from smoking a pack a cigarettes a day before making the switch to e-cigarettes or vaping.

TCOE hosts tobacco awareness training
Visalia Times-Delta - September 17, 2014

... attend a full day of activities, including leadership development, how to conduct an "ice-breaker," team building and the dangers of hookahs and e-cigarettes.

Livermore looks to tighten anti-smoking regulations
San Jose Mercury News - September 16, 2014

LIVERMORE -- Downtown could soon become smoke-free -- including even the puffs of nicotine vapor emitted from electronic cigarettes -- except in designated ...

SD City Council set to confirm e-cig regulations
10News - September 16, 2014

The ordinance, which was approved July 28, regulates retail sales of the ... of vapor inhalers say the devices have weaned people off smoking cigarettes.

Housing group aims to clear the air among neighbors
Calaveras Enterprise - September 16, 2014

"Yes, it's a legal product, but we have needed to restrict where people do it ... complexes' policies and found that most restrictions were up to the discretion of the ... California law only restricts smoking in indoor common areas, Mazzetti said.

Cities in running for anti-butt campaign: Environmental group Save the Bay puts cigarette litter in focus
San Mateo Daily Journal - September 15, 2014

Two San Mateo County cities including one whose tough anti-smoking rules generated widespread headlines are in the running for a targeted campaign to curb cigarette butt litter.

Arcata, Calif. Considers Modifying Expanded No Smoking Zone - September 14, 2014

When Arcata, Calif. expanded its smoke-free zone in May it hoped to address the ... a modification to that law will be part of the proposed smoking ban extension.

Livermore, Calif. Eyes Smoke-Free Downtown - September 14, 2014

As part of a push to add e-cigarettes to the city's current smoking ordinances, Livermore, Calif. will look at creating a smoke-free downtown, parks and bus stops.

Secretary of state's race is one worth watching
Los Angeles Times - September 14, 2014

He has had legislation signed allowing landlords to ban smoking in rental units, cracking down on cellphone smuggling in prisons and requiring creation of a ...

E-cigarette industry booming in region, US
Hesperia Star - September 13, 2014

Locally, electronic cigarettes were banned from all San Bernardino County facilities in 2012, and the town of Apple Valley approved an ordinance in May that ...

Proposed Fresno pot-smoking ban extinguished by council
Insurance News Net - September 12, 2014

Much of the council on Thursday responded with scorn to Council Member Lee Brand's proposal to give city officials more authority to stop the smoking of marijuana on city-owned property.

Local fumes over potential smoking ban
The Turlock Journal - September 11, 2014

Every morning Larry Clinton walks his dogs to the park and lights up his morning cigarette. A smoker since 1956, Clintons morning ritual is one of the few habits that he enjoys but the Turlock Girl Scouts of Troop 3289 are threatening to take that away. The decision to also prohibit e-cigarettes despite the decreased risk of secondhand smoke from these cigarettes is due to the fact that the mere smoking gesture ...

City Council conducts reading of ordinance restricting electronic smoking devices
Daily Californian (UC Berkeley) - September 10, 2014

Tuesday, Berkeley City Council conducted a preliminary review on an ordinance that would impose restrictions on the use of electronic smoking devices - including e-cigarettes and vaporizers - in places where smoking is currently prohibited.

Henry's turns 50, shining bright as ever
OCRegister - September 10, 2014

"When we came in to look around, you could smell the smoke. ... set to work adding a new fridge system behind the bar, banning smoking and giving it a paint job. ... "We actually lost a few patrons when we banned smoking," Garcia said.

Fresno officials look to ban pot use at city parks, facilities
Fresno Bee - September 10, 2014

Anyone getting a third violation at a park within 12 months will be banned from all city ... What: Fresno City Council debates proposed bill to ban pot smoking on ...

United board approves revised smoke-free building process
OCRegister - September 10, 2014

Members seeking a smoke-free building will also be required to sign an amended Occupancy Agreement and a land covenant, which will be notarized and ...

Berkeley council regulates e-cigarettes, passes civic center protections
Contra Costa Times - September 10, 2014

With a 20-year smoking habit, he was able to quit conventional cigarettes three ... District Overlay Ordinance that restricts uses of historic civic center buildings to ...

City Council conducts reading of ordinance restricting electronic ...
Daily Californian - September 10, 2014

Currently, smoking is banned in various areas such as commercial sidewalks, ... Last December, the council chose to ban the use of cigarettes in multiunit housing ... of the community questioned the effectiveness of smoking bans in general.

PARC to Hear Presentation Suggesting Smoking Ban in All Turlock ... - September 9, 2014

The Girl Scouts asked the City of Turlock to consider banning smoking in all Turlock parks and PARC requested the item be placed on a future agenda to be ...

Your Office Coach: Strength in numbers when tackling office's ...
Press- Enterprise - September 9, 2014

This is supposed to be a smoke-free facility, and the majority of employees are not smokers. However, the smoking group includes many high-level managers ...

City Attorney Launches School Safety Pilot Program
Post-Periodical - September 9, 2014

Following a recent meeting on tobacco enforcement, a parent contacted a local store which was selling e-cigarettes to minors, and the store's owners agreed to ...

Law | Foster City, CA Tells Residents To Shut Windows
The Cigar Authority - September 8, 2014

The amendment would ban smoking in all rental apartment complexes and ... City live in multifamily residences or units so, by banning smoking in apartments, ...

What's on City Council agenda this week
Berkeleyside - September 8, 2014

The new law would prohibit the use of those devices everywhere smoking is ... voters in November, but council already had this ordinance in the works and ...

Pleasant Hill, CA Downtown Smoking Ban
The Cigar Authority - September 8, 2014

In 2006 the city banned smoking in and near city-owned facilities and most workplace. In 2010, they added bus stops, ATMs, ticket lines, and outdoor events.

Vaping convention coming to Ontario Convention Center Friday
Contra Costa Times - September 4, 2014

ONTARIO >> As the relatively new business of electronic cigarettes, or vaping, has become a $2 billion a year industry, companies and consumers are gathering here this weekend to meet and learn about products. The second annual Electronic Cigarette Convention starts Friday at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 East Convention Center Way. The event was held last year at the Anaheim Convention Center, but issues related to visitors being able to vape or use electronic cigarettes at the convention center led to the move to Ontario this year, according to organizers.

E-cig laws amended
OC Register - September 4, 2014

Westminster has added three amendments to its new ordinances regulating the sale of electronic cigarettes after the National Association of Tobacco Outlets ...

No tobacco education funding yet for Siskiyou County
Siskiyou Daily News - September 4, 2014

... cessation series aimed at helping people curb their smoking addiction. ... who months ago introduced the board to the dangers of third-hand smoke, also ...

The Future for Indian Casinos in California - September 4, 2014

This is all because of a small, obscure and impoverished Indian tribe known as ... income tax and with casinos exempt from paying corporate income taxes, the ...

Gone in the puff of a vaporizer
Spartan Daily - September 3, 2014

... can be supplied with flavored containers, marijuana oils or nicotine supplements ... Kevina Brown, university housing service community relations coordinator, ...

Council tightens smoking restrictions in public places
Folsom Telegraph - September 3, 2014

Smokers in Folsom have a few more rules to follow as a result of some changes the City Council has made to the city ordinance. No longer will smoking be ...

LETTER: Calistoga needs to update its smoking laws
Napa Valley Register - September 3, 2014

...So my main question is: "What is Calistoga waiting for?". Shouldn't residents and visitors alike have a pleasant dining experience devoid of...

City relooks at smoking regulations: Foster City considers ...
San Mateo Daily Journal - September 2, 2014

Councilman Steve Okamoto said he prefers smoking be banned in all shared ... Foster City is not alone in its efforts to ban smoking in shared residential units.

Don't be so quick to dismiss smoking bans
Spartan Daily - September 1, 2014

But I find it hard to understand why others oppose legislation to ban smoking in ... Already banned in Santa Clara County, smoking in multifamily units will likely ...

Denair Unified to expand tobacco-free policy
The Turlock Journal - August 29, 2014

E-cigarettes have really been the impetus of the policy at this point. With the use of e-cigarettes proliferating, the California School Board Association has put ...

Monterey Park Adds E-Cigarettes to Smoking Ban
EGP News - August 29, 2014

Even though he considers himself an advocate of the e-cigarette lifestyle, Andy Han, owner of the Vape Unit in Monterey Park, says he agrees with the citys recent approval of a ban on vaping in public spaces such as city parks, restaurants and bars. You shouldnt vape where youre not allowed to smoke, said Han, quickly adding that he disagrees with perceptions that electronic cigarettes contain the same health risks as traditional cigarettes.

Burlingame expands smoking restrictions in public areas; e-cigarettes not included
San Francisco Examiner - August 29, 2014

Burlingame recently made more of its public areas smoke-free after the City Council approved an ordinance that expands tobacco-smoking restrictions to certain parks, certain trails and city-maintained parking facilities.

Cupertino council adds more restrictions on smoking in public
Milpitas Post - August 27, 2014

...19 to ban smoking in publicly accessible outdoor dining areas where food is sold or consumed. The ordinance prohibits smoking near the entrances or exits of ...

Palm Desert considers smoking ban in affordable housing
The Desert Sun - August 27, 2014

Palm Desert already has a smoke-free policy on its city-owned property, but no designated smoke-free apartments to offer applicants who request them, Moore ...

Santa Rosa moves toward tighter restrictions on secondhand smoke
Santa Rosa (CA) Press Democrat - August 26, 2014

Smoking tobacco, marijuana and even electronic cigarettes in apartments, condominiums and most public places would be banned in Santa Rosa under a sweeping expansion of the city's anti-smoking laws supported by the City Council on Tuesday.

San Bernardino City Unified spent $1M on legal fees last year, says report
San Bernadino County Sun - August 26, 2014

A group calling itself California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse...Although Scott described his group as a "grassroots organization," the CALA organizations are actually funded by the tobacco industry and other industries stung by lawsuits in the past, ...

American Cancer Society Says CA Isn't Doing Enough to Prevent ...
KFBK - August 22, 2014

Our tobacco tax is the 33rd lowest in the nation, and 26 states have more comprehensive smoke-free policies than California does," she said. Bremner says ...

El Cerrito On Track To Have Strictest Smoking Rules In California
CBS Local - August 21, 2014

EL CERRITO (CBS SF) - El Cerrito is going from zero to 100 in a move that would ban smoking from most public, residential and commercial areas. The city ...

Unlike much of California, state's casinos not smoke-free
San Francisco Chronicle - August 20, 2014

Several Yelp reviewers in the casino's opening weeks said they liked Graton but were unlikely to return because of the secondhand smoke. (At Graton, you can smoke on the majority of the gaming floor, but not in the poker room or restaurants.) Since open

El Cerrito condo project approved by council majority
San Jose Mercury News - August 20, 2014

The council also unanimously approved a new ordinance that would ban smoking in parks, playgrounds and sports fields, public sidewalks and all public events ...

Mission Viejo City Council approves e-cig shop
OCRegister - August 20, 2014

Mission Viejo has three electronic cigarette shops - South County Vapors, ... The city treats e-cigarettes shops the same way it does tobacco shops, which are ... existing municipal and zoning codes to include e-cigarettes under smoking, ...

Rental discrimination?
Napa Valley Register - August 19, 2014

You may also prohibit the smoking of tobacco products. If you ban tobacco in the lease agreement, you must specify the areas on the property where smoking is ...

LAUSD policy restricts use of citations, arrests
EdSource Today - August 19, 2014

"Juvenile court should be the last resort for youth who commit minor ... Some bad behaviors, such as possessing tobacco or stealing something worth less than ...

Letters: E-cig rules protect our children
OCRegister - July 30, 2014

... limit promotional materials and the availability of vaping devices such as e-cigarettes near schools in their community [“Hold off on e-cig regulations,” Opinion, ...

Feuer cracks down on illegal tobacco sales
Park Labrea News/Beverly Press - July 31, 2014

The city has already approved an ordinance banning e-cigarette sales to minors, and the use of e-cigarettes in all places where traditional smoking is banned.

Picture of Health
Good Times - July 30, 2014

We do have a lot to be proud of; the county's 10 percent smoking rate, for instance, is one of the lowest in the nation. Our teen birth rate has continued to decline ...

Poll: Should smoking be banned on golf courses?
10News - July 30, 2014

While investigators continue to look into the cause, the situation brings up questions about smoking on golf courses, especially during dry and hot conditions.

E-cigarette ban protects minors - July 30, 2014

Passing an electronic cigarettes ban that prohibits public use of the smoking devices, and sales, the same way tobacco cigarettes are prohibited. The pleasure ...

SD City Council moves to ban e-cigarettes
San Diego Source (subscription) - July 28, 2014

The San Diego City Council on Monday unanimously passed a preliminary version of a bill to sharply restrict the use and sale of electronic cigarettes, ...

San Diego to consider e-cigarette regulations today
San Diego 6 - July 28, 2014

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A package of proposed regulations for vapor inhalers -- also known as electronic cigarettes -- will be considered by the San Diego City Council on Monday. The two measures would regulate retail sales of the battery-operated devices and restrict their use. They would generally conform to restrictions on tobacco products.

City moves to restrict e-cigs in parks, restaurants
San Diego News Room - July 28, 2014

Sitting at the dais at a recent City Council meeting, Councilmember Kristine Alessio lit up a cigarette and blew the smoke across the room. She then did the same with an electronic cigarette.

Biz Buzz: To Vape or Not To Vape in Newport
Newport Beach Independent - July 25, 2014

That industry is “Vaping,” and includes the controversial world of e-cigarettes. ... I do not recommend non-smokers start vaping or using e-cigarettes, and do not ...

Artesia Tony Mayor Lima Slams Proposed Smoking Ban at Condos ...
Los Cerritos News - July 25, 2014

“Half of people in the Portuguese Hall for instance do smoke. Putting ... Sally Flowers supported the new smoking restrictions in Artesia apartments and condos.

Grant targets healthy environments, living
Morgan Hill Times - July 24, 2014

It targets key criminal preventive strategies like tobacco-free living, active living, healthy and safe environments and social and emotional wellness.

Smoking ban is in effect, but not yet enforced
Beach Reporter - July 24, 2014

The ban on smoking in public took effect last Friday. On Tuesday, the educational campaign kicked off at the Manhattan Beach Farmers Market. City leaders ...

Westminster OKs Restrictions on E-Cigarette Shops
VoiceofOC - July 24, 2014

A growing number of California cities are introducing restrictions on e-cigarettes, battery-powered devices that heat a liquid, infused with nicotine or flavors, into ...

South County makes strides against growing health challenges
Gilroy Dispatch - July 24, 2014

For instance, the City of Morgan Hill recently passed a Tobacco Retail License policy that will reduce youth access to tobacco products. Over 70 staff and parent ...

Inside the hookah-lounge craze
SD News - July 23, 2014

A hookah is a multi-stemmed waterpipe used to vaporize and smoke flavored tobacco called shisha, which is passed through a glass water basin before being ...

City moves ahead with smoking ban — partly: Foster City Council postpones decisions on restaurant and apartments
San Mateo (CA) Daily Journal - July 23, 2014

After months of debate over how to protect the public in Foster City from secondhand smoke, the City Council voted 3-2 Monday to set aside two controversial aspects to move forward with updating its smoking ordinance. ...

OP-ED: What we have accomplished
San Mateo Daily Journal - July 23, 2014

We are moving forward on changes to our smoking ordinance, we will be looking at citywide traffic and discussing the installation of bike lanes. We will be ...

How to Learn About the New Smoking Ban - July 22, 2014

...18, the ban will bar smoking in all public places; it will also apply to electronic ... A period of education about the new smoking ban in Manhattan Beach will end ...

Editorial: Hold off on e-cig regulations
OCRegister - July 22, 2014

Editorial: Hold off on e-cig regulations. Westminster and ... The rush to place restrictions on electronic cigarettes has reached Westminster. The City Council is ...

'Breathe Free' Campaign Underway To Prep Manhattan Beach For ...
CBS Local - July 22, 2014

KNX 1070's Bob Brill reports starting in August, the city will begin enforcing a smoking ban in all public places, including the beach, parks, and restaurants.

E-Cigarette Regulations Up for Debate in Westminster
Columbus CEO - July 21, 2014

The Westminster City Council will consider an ordinance Wednesday to regulate e-cigarette businesses. The regulations would require tobacco and electronic cigarette retailers to obtain a police permit before operating, limit hours of operation, require window tinting and signs, and not allow sales within 500 feet of a school.

Smoking And Vaping Now Banned In All Manhattan Beach Public Spaces
LAist - July 21, 2014

Starting yesterday, the city of Manhattan Beach imposed one of the strictest smoking bans in the state, banning both cigarettes and e-cigarettes from all street, sidewalks, and outdoor dining areas. The ban is an expansion of the previous city ordinance that banned only cigarettes specifically from public parks and beaches. Now, smoking is only allowed on private property, in hotel and motel rooms, and from moving vehicles. The ban won't seem to affect too many people, as a survey found that only 7% of Manhattan Beach residents are smokers according to NBC 4.

Manhattan Beach Becomes Smoke-Free City [VIDEO]
NBC Southern California - July 19, 2014

Manhattan Beach became an entirely smoke-free city Friday by putting into effect one of the strictest smoking bans in the state. The city's smoke-free ordinance, which was approved by the Manhattan Beach City Council last month, expands its existing smoking ban to include e-cigarettes and all streets, sidewalks and outdoor dining areas.

Letters: New ordinance helpful to downtown merchants
Monterey County Herald - July 17, 2014

The new ordinance will be helpful to downtown business owners, the city coffer, and should be the prelude to a ban on smoking on sidewalks and parks ...

Water Cooler: E-cigarettes a safe alternative to tobacco?
Hollister Free Lance - July 17, 2014

A cigarette butt and smoker are seen at a local park in this file photo.

County gets top marks from Tobacco Free Coalition
San Jose Mercury News - July 17, 2014

Licensing for retailers selling tobacco continues as a primary strategy for the ... they felt bombarded with marketing of cigarettes and other tobacco products as ...

Signal Hill council requests draft ordinance on electronic cigarette ...
Long Beach Press-Telegram - July 16, 2014

A state law already allows landlords and homeowner associations to have their own smoking bans. Instead, the city will send a letter explaining the state law, ...

Calabasas Bans E-Cigs Wherever Regular Cigarettes Are Prohibited - July 16, 2014

E-cigarettes are banned in Calabasas wherever regular cigarette smoking is prohibited.

Woodland City Council bans e-cigarettes in public places
Daily Democrat - July 16, 2014

With no objections, Woodland City Council took the first steps to ban e-cigarettes ... It also bans smoking within 20 feet of any commercial building. ... or in any form, or the use of any oral smoking device, will be banned from these locations.

City to Launch Campaign to Inform Public About New Smoking Ban ... - July 15, 2014

The city's smoking ban goes into effect July 18 but enforcement is delayed to get out the ... residents and visitors can enjoy the city's public places smoke-free.

Study: Young People Downplay Risks Of Hookah Smoking
CBS 2 News / KCAL 9 (Los Angeles, CA) - July 15, 2014

Over half of young adults believe smoking tobacco out of water pipes is not harmful to their health, despite warnings from federal health officials to the contrary, according to a UCLA study. KNX 1070?s Claudia Peschiutta reports researchers with the UCLA

Signal Hill council to consider e-cigarette, smoking bans
Long Beach Press-Telegram - July 15, 2014

...Possible bans or regulations on smoking at private apartments and ... homeowners association wants the city to ban smoking at private apartments ... asking for a citywide ordinance banning smoking and second-hand smoke in ...

Ban smoking in apartments: Santa Clara County cities should join the trend
San Jose Mercury News - July 14, 2014

With about 82 percent of adults in the U.S. being non-smokers, this policy actually can help landlords. Non-smoking tenants can enjoy clean-air dwellings and ...

Woodland City Council could limit e-cigarette use in public
Daily Democrat - July 12, 2014

Woodland could soon become the next city in Yolo County to ban the use of e-cigarettes in all locations that conventional cigarettes are prohibited. At Tuesday's City Council meeting, an ordinance will be introduced that would ban the vapor devices at Woodland public facilities especially ones used primarily for youth events as well within 20 feet of commercial buildings.

Electronic cigarettes banned on buses, ferries, Golden Gate Bridge
Marin Independent Journal - July 12, 2014

Electronic cigarettes are getting the boot from all Golden Gate District property: Buses, ferries and the span itself. The Golden Gate Bridge board voted Friday to ban the cigarettes after getting complaints from bus riders.

E-cigarette, 'vape' sales ban eyed, bike-share idea still rolling forward
San Diego Community Newspaper Group - July 10, 2014

Sales of e-cigarettes, "vape" and drug paraphernalia during community special events may be in question in the future if the Pacific Beach Planning Group takes ...

City officials put electronic billboards proposal on hold
San Mateo Daily Journal - July 9, 2014

In other business, the city passed an ordinance that expands its list of city facilities where smoking is prohibited, specifically concentrating on parks and related ...

Healthy Outlook by Denice Dennis: Why 3-cigarettes [sic] are bad for community's health
San Jose (CA) Mercury - News - July 8, 2014

In short, e-cigarette users don't really know what they're putting in their bodies. In addition, we don't know how the vapor from electronic smoking devices affects people in the vicinity of where they are being used. The FDA has conducted laboratory an

Ban on Smoking Cigarettes, E-Cigs in Manhattan Beach Starts This ... - July 8, 2014

The Smoke-Free Public Places ordinance becomes effective on July 18, but will not be enforced until Aug. 18 while the city conducts a public outreach campaign ...

The Lowdown: Berkeley council on South Berkeley pizza plans ...
Berkeleyside-by Emilie Raguso - July 8, 2014

Council may tackle regulations related to electronic smoking devices, with a ... in multi-unit housing; tobacco smoking was banned in those units in December, effective ... But I guess banning things is fun for a certain Puritan strain. ... Instead of asking for a ban the government believes they should simply be studied further.

Berkeley City Council seeks free pot for the poor
Washington Examiner - July 7, 2014

City Council members in Berkeley, Calif., were voting Monday on an ordinance that would require medical marijuana dispensaries to fork over a portion of their inventory to low-income and homeless residents Though Moore and his colleagues are enthusiastic about passing joints to the less fortunate, they are less so about e-cigarettes. The city council will also consider an ordinance to ban e-cigarette use in public spaces, despite the fact that e-cigarettes are a highly successful smoking cessation tool.

The Del Is Not A Good Neighbor
Coronado Eagle and Journal - July 7, 2014

So...The Del has decided to monetize the beach in front of the hotel. Additionally, in defiance of city ordinance, The Del Beach is allowing smoking and consumption of alcohol on the sand. A very cavalier attitude to the citizens ...

City Council will attempt to hold shorter meetings
Lompoc Record - July 4, 2014

The smoking ordinance affects everyone. Here we were, at 1:30, trying to make that decision. Lingl said the meetings should end at 11:30 p.m. at the latest, and ...

Substance Abuse Recovery Turns Into a Smoke-Free Facility (press release) - July 4, 2014

Torrance, CA, July 04, 2014 --( Based on the study of Sir Thomas Gregoire, an associate professor from social work at Ohio State University together with his co-author, stated that being tobacco-free at a rehab center may disappoint patients from completing their recovery. Their study shows that when the Ohio womens substance treatment center had implemented their non-smoking campaign both smokers and non-smokers left their program early after the policy has changed. Today, Substance Abuse Recovery has implemented a tobacco-free policy because the facility believes that the real best way to quit smoking is to quit while detoxifying from everything and the treatment center believes that it is better to quit addiction up front, not wait with nicotine until later. Everyone in the center had followed the smoke-free policy, including doctors, nurses, staffs, therapist, patients and visitors in order to reduce second-hand smoke exposure and to afford smokers with other addictions, an environment which follows the process of the policy.

Free Weed Becomes Law in Berkeley
SFGate (blog) - July 3, 2014

On Tuesday, the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously on a first reading of measure to update their medical cannabis ordinances, adding a fourth dispensary permit, and tweaking rules for private collectives. Berkeley also mandated dispensaries give away free weed to people with very low incomes. Thats right, weed is now free by law for some people in the liberal city.

Waterfront Pizza at center of smoking debate: Foster City Council proposed smoking ordinance
San Mateo Daily Journal - July 3, 2014

As the Foster City Council continues mulling over changes to its decades-old smoking ordinance, a unique restaurant owner fears the latest proposal could eventually put him out of business. The council has changed the proposal several times since it first considered creating more stringent regulations to protect the public from secondhand smoke last year. The council agrees to ban smoking in parks, public streets and special events but councilmembers are divided on when to regulate private property. Smoking could be prohibited in rental apartments, but condo or homeowners would be allowed to smoke on their property including the sidewalk. At its July 16 meeting, the council voted to include a new provision that would affect Waterfront Pizza, a Mediterranean restaurant and hookah lounge with an outdoor patio against the water at the Edgewater Shopping Center. Its the only restaurant in the city that makes use of the current ordinances allowance to designate up to 50 percent of its outdoor seating area as smoking.

Calabasas Bans 'Vaping' in Public Areas
Post-Periodical - July 2, 2014

The City of Calabasas has outlawed the use of electronic cigarettes in public except in designated smoking areas. The Calabasas City Council voted June 11 to include e-cigarettes in the citys secondhand smoke ordinance. The new law went into effect Tuesday. In February 2006, the City of Calabasas passed a secondhand smoke ordinance which prohibits smoking in public places where other people may be exposed to smoke. Public places include indoor and outdoor businesses, apartment common areas and parks. Businesses may apply to create a designated smoking area.

Lake County department becomes smoke-free campus
Lake County Record-Bee - July 2, 2014

The Lake County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution on June 24 making the Lake County Department of Health Services (LCDHS) the first county department to be smoke-free.

Smith: That was a smoke-free fairgrounds?
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - June 30, 2014

Birds are still flying upside down over the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, where marijuana connoisseurs lit up this past weekend at the public-owned property's second major pot fest in six months. This is uptight and politically incorrect, I know. But can you imagine a promotional confab at the fairgrounds that has people sucking on and exhaling exhaust from cigarettes, cigars, conventional pipes or e-cigs? Unthinkable, and none of those smokables is prohibited by federal law. Sonoma County, which aspires to be declared one of the healthiest counties in California, has proclaimed the fairgrounds in southeast Santa Rosa smoke-free. Smoking was legal this past weekend only in two designated areas.

EDITORIAL: Big Tobacco snuffs out e-cigarette legislation
Fresno Bee - June 30, 2014

Only a few months ago, state lawmakers in California were full of plans to limit the sketchy electronic devices that heat a nicotine solution to create vapor that may or may not be hazardous to the health of those who inhale it. "We were successful in getting the bill amended so that e-cigarettes are separately defined," Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association ...

E-Cigarette Regulation Puffs Ahead
Santa Monica Mirror - June 27, 2014

In an opening salvo, the Santa Monica City Council unanimously approved on Tuesday the drafting of an ordinance to regulate the use of vaporizers colloquially referred to as electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes the same way as traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes use would still be permitted in certain designated locations. Vapor shops would be exempt from the proposed law. Representing the Smoke Free Air For Everyone, Esther Schiller said e-cigarettes are an extension of the tobacco industry and the vaporizers are advertised in the same exact way traditional cigarettes were markets from the 1940s to the 1960s.

Dublin City Council Approves Housing Element, Sets e-Cigarette Rules
Livermore Independent - June 27, 2014

The Dublin City Council has approved its housing element for 2015 through 2022. The council also passed strict regulations designed to keep "electronic tobacco" sales and usage away from children.

Editorial: Big Tobacco kills sensible e-cig bills
Sacramento Bee - June 27, 2014

Rep. Jackie Speier last week proposed federal legislation to regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco products. Forgive us if our hopes are less than high. Only a few ...

County lauds smoke-free housing providers
Red Bluff Daily News - June 27, 2014

Tehama County Health Services Agency - Public Health Division's Tobacco Education Program congratulates Vista Ridge, Meadow Vista, Kimball Crossing, Tehama Estates, Cabernet, Creekside, Citrus Heights, Palm Royale and Solado Orchard Apartments for protecting their tenants from the dangerous effects of secondhand smoke.

Fresno apartments go smoke-free
Fresno Business Journal - June 26, 2014

Two Fresno multi-unit housing complexes have adopted smoke-free policies. New no-smoking rules at Masten Towers at 1240 Broadway St., and Campus ... The survey found significant problems with secondhand smoke exposure in ...

Increase cigarette licensing fees
Ukiah Daily Journal - June 26, 2014

Thank you for reporting on the reduction of tobacco sale violations to minors by Fort Bragg tobacco retailers. I am pleased to learn that violations were reduced from 33% to 27% after Fort Bragg adopted a Tobacco Seller's Ordinance in December of 2012. By adopting a tobacco seller's ordinance the City of Fort Bragg is helping to reduce access to tobacco products to youth.

Smokers cited in Carolyn Wood as officials crack down
Coastline Pilot - June 26, 2014

Undercover Laguna Beach police officers cited five people for smoking in an open space Saturday, according to a news release.

Vista revises its e-cigarette smoking ordinance
Coast News - June 26, 2014

The citys smoking policies now prohibit electronic smoking in public areas and the possession of such devices/materials by minors, after the City Council voted 4-1 to include revisions to its municipal codes stance on smoking at its June 24 meeting. The modified ordinances update Vistas definition of electronic cigarettes and incorporate such synthetic smoking devices into its current regulations, as well as extending prohibitive measures to said devices.

The vape divide
Chico News & Review - June 26, 2014

Because electronic cigarettes and vaping represent relatively new technology, research is scarce and results have been contradictory: University College ...

Council favors e-cig regulations
Santa Monica Daily Press - June 26, 2014

City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to move in the direction of regulating electronic cigarettes within the city.

Hayward bans new e-cigarette stores, hookah lounges
San Jose Mercury News - June 25, 2014

HAYWARD -- The city on Tuesday banned opening new hookah lounges and vapor stores that sell e-cigarettes.

Former mayor Howard Johnson, dies at 85
Paradise Post - June 25, 2014

Former Paradise mayor and local businessman Howard Johnson died on Sunday. He was 85. Johnson was elected to the Town Council in November of 1988 and served as mayor from Dec. 3, 1991 to April 7, 1992. He also pushed through the nation's first smoking ban in restaurants and spawned a nationwide movement.

Santa Monica Limits E-Cigarettes [VIDEO]
City Council votes to regulate the devices in the same way as regular cigarettes, effectively banning them from bars, clubs and restaurants
NBC Southern California - June 25, 2014

The Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously late Tuesday night to bar e-cigarettes from clubs, bars, restaurants and anywhere regular cigarettes arent allowed. The seaside town joins a growing list of cities that have restricted the use of the devices, including Los Angeles, Long Beach and Beverly Hills. I think what were certainly going to do is look closely at all of the data regarding public health and regarding other impacts on our town, Mayor Pro Tem Terry ODay said Tuesday before the council took up the issue.

E-views: East Contra Costa readers weigh in on banning of e-cigarettes
Contra Costa Times - June 25, 2014

In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email or on Facebook at Last week's question: The Oakley and Pittsburg city councils recently voted to include e-cigarettes in public smoking bans. Do you think these devices should be included in city ordinances that restrict smoking in public places? Please explain.

City Council Won't Change Code on Vehicle Lifts
Corona del Mar Today - June 25, 2014

The Newport Beach City Council City Councilwoman Nancy Gardner of Corona del Mar also asked for two items to be placed on future Council agendas, including an official historic designation for the Goldenrod Footbridge and inclusion of e-cigarettes in city laws that restrict smoking in parks and beaches.

Riverbank mayor calls for e-cigarette restrictions
Modesto Bee - June 24, 2014

RIVERBANK City leaders should outlaw e-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited, Mayor Richard O'Brien said Tuesday as City Council members ...

Letter: Smoking rules lack enforcement
Glendale News Press - June 24, 2014

Smoking is extensive in Glendale because there is little or no enforcement of the citys smoking ordinances in either businesses or public places.

Calif. Vapor Assoc. Wins a Sub-Category on Yelp (press release) - June 24, 2014

California Vapor Association proudly announces that the international Yelp community has advanced awareness of the differentiation between smoke shops and vape shops by establishing a unique sub-category for vape shops. This will support retailers desire to promote their stores in an accurate way.

Oakland Shuts Down Three Marijuana 'Speakeasies'
KQED (blog) - June 24, 2014

Since the measure passed in 2004, so-called Measure Z clubs speakeasies of sorts have popped up all over Oakland. They sell pot to adults with little interference from the city. But after years of a hands-off, quiet enforcement approach, Oakland police have raided and shut down three clubs in the past few months. While many club owners argue theyre running private establishments, the city says some of the clubs fall under the definition of commercial enterprises not protected by Measure Z.

Local e-cigarette industry grows with each puff
Fresno Business Journal - June 24, 2014

Across the country, a growing number of tobacco users are turning to smoke-free alternatives like electronic cigarettes and vaporizers. What began as a grassroots trend in major cities has finally made its way to the Valley, where more than a dozen vapor shops have opened in the last few years. In Fresno County alone, there are an estimated 164,000 adult smokers. For Valley vape shop owners, this represents a vast and relatively untapped market.

E-CIGS: Vape group on board with Speier's proposal to keep ...
Press-Enterprise - June 23, 2014

If a congresswoman has her way, electronic cigarettes will be regulated nationwide in the same way as regular tobacco products, including a ban on sales to minors. And, at least on the issue of keeping vapes away from kids, a spokesman Monday said the industry doesnt disagree.

US Rep. Jackie Speier proposes e-cigarette legislation
San Jose Mercury News - June 23, 2014

Dr. Neal Benowitz, associate medical director of the San Francisco Division of the California Poison Control System, who joined Speier, talked about the increase in poisonings and burnings by e-cigarettes. Speier says the e-cigarette industry is targeting children and teenagers by offering products flavored like gummy bears, cotton candy and chocolate cake.

Congresswoman proposes e-cigarette regulations
KDWN - June 23, 2014

SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) A San Francisco congresswoman unveiled legislation Friday that would regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way as typical tobacco products, accusing the e-cigarette industry of targeting children and teenagers with its marketing. With flavors like gummy bear, cotton candy, and chocolate cake, our kids are literally vaping these things up, said U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, who announced the proposal outside the San Francisco General Hospital emergency room. With ads using sex and sex appeal, our teens are lusting after these objects. The legislation would restrict television advertisements of electronic cigarettes as was done for tobacco, said a statement from Speiers spokeswoman, Katrina Rill. Speier plans to introduce the bill Monday to regulate the devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution to create inhalable vapor.

E-cigarettes may soon be regulated the same way as cigarettes in Santa Monica
Santa Monica Mirror - June 23, 2014

The act of vaping might soon be no different than smoking under the eyes of the law, as the Santa Monica City Council will be discussing this Tuesday the possibility of an ordinance to regulate e-cigarettes the same way as cigarettes.

Council to consider 8 percent spending hike
Santa Monica Daily Press - June 23, 2014

CITY HALL City Council has a lot on the agenda this Tuesday night. As the Daily Press wrote about previously, council will consider moving forward with restrictions on electronic cigarettes and a ballot measure designed to compete with a ballot measure financed by a national aviation advocacy group.

Mayors work together to problem-solve
Martinez News-Gazette - Jun 22, 2014

We discussed many issues including city-school district relationships, affordable housing requirements, budgeting, economic development, smoking ordinances and banning single-use plastic bags and polystyrene.

Survey shows tenants want protection from secondhand smoke
Merced Sun-Star - June 21, 2014

Tenants in Merced County want more protections from secondhand smoke in multiunit housing, according to a recent survey by the American Lung Association.

Secondhand smoke problematic for apartment residents
Calaveras Enterprise - June 20, 2014

Most residents of apartments in Calaveras County dont want their fellow tenants lighting up. Thats the message from a survey recently released by the countys Public Health Services department, which partnered with the Tuolumne Countys health department to release the survey results. Drifting secondhand smoke is a real health hazard, said Dr. Dean Kelaita, the Calaveras County health officer. This survey shows that residents across our ...

Debate over tobacco dealer license fee reignites ($$)
Stomped out in 2012, proposed ordinance charging businesses annual fee returns
Gilroy Dispatch - June 19, 2014

City Council is considering stepping up local enforcement of state law that prohibits the sale of tobacco to minors but charging businesses an annual fee to fund sting operations to ensure compliance isn't the way to do it, Mayor Don Gage asserted. Gilroy recently accepted a $25,000 grant from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department with three conditions: the City take action to help reduce youth access to tobacco, curb the prevalence of second-hand smoke and increase the availability of healthy foods and beverages.

Manhattan Beach council passes budget, waits on new hires
Easy Reader - June 19, 2014

Other additions to the final budget include a $20,000 appropriation to carry out a citywide smoke-free campaign; $150,000 for police overtime in special ...

E-cig restrictions move forward in San Diego - June 19, 2014

SAN DIEGO A package of proposed regulations for electronic cigarettes cleared the committee level Wednesday and was forwarded to the San Diego City Council. The two ordinances would, if passed by the council, regulate retail sales of the battery-operated devices and restrict their use. They would generally conform to restrictions on tobacco products.

E-cigarettes face restrictions in Dixon
The Reporter - June 19, 2014

E-cigarettes will be subject to the same restrictions in Dixon as traditional cigarettes. So determined planning commissioners by a narrow margin Tuesday night. In a 4-1 vote with Chair Chris Duncan dissenting, the commission opted to amend an ordinance to restrict the accessibility of e-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) to minors. Dave Dowswell with the city's community development department said the ordinance is meant to treat e-cigarettes the same as traditional cigarettes. Meaning, who can buy them, where they can be smoked, etc.

Seaside council could block smoke shop
Monterey County Herald - June 19, 2014

Seaside officials say the city needs time to set rules for a new generation of smoke shops. The City Council on Thursday will be asked to adopt an interim urgency ordinance placing a moratorium on any new smoke shop, electronic cigarette retailer or drug paraphernalia retailer.
The proposed smoke shop measure would allow hardship exemptions for applicants denied any economically viable use of their property. The proposed action was prompted by a proposed e-cigarette shop in the Pacific Heights shopping center. The city's current zoning rules don't make it clear whether they would apply to shops with bongs, water pipes, e-cigarettes or similar device, a council report says.

Luke Williams to kick off free Solana Beach concert series
Seaside Courier - June 19, 2014

Alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarettes, pets, or personal BBQs are prohibited during the concert. For more information about Williams, visit

Council approves Fallen Warriors project
Lompoc Record - June 19, 2014

The City Council also unanimously approved the Lompoc Fire Departments weed abatement program and upheld an ordinance banning smoking in recreational areas. The ordinance was initially approved at the June 3 meeting, and Lingl requested that it be pulled from the consent calendar at Tuesdays meeting to be discussed again.

City Moves to Regulate E-Cigarettes, Limit Places to 'Vape'
Times of San Diego - June 18, 2014

The rules would generally conform to restrictions on tobacco products. ... regarding the sale to minors, Councilman Mark Kersey said at a Wednesday meeting of ... The devices would be allowed in residences, vehicles, e-cigarette shops and ...

Santa Monica considers e-cigarette ban
L.A. Biz - June 18, 2014

Determined not to be left behind in a progressive movement, Santa Monica city officials, like those of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills before them, are considering a ban of electronic cigarettes.

Palo Alto City Council Committee Proposes Broadening Smoking Ban
CBS Local - June 18, 2014

Palo Alto banned smoking in parks and open space preserves last summer. Now the council's Policy and Services Committee has approved broadening to ...

Smoking ban spreads to Palo Alto business districts
Palo Alto Online - June 18, 2014

The city is considering dramatically expanding its ban on cigarette use from an extension made last August to include parks, open-space preserves and the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course. The latest proposal, which the City Council's Policy and Services Committee enthusiastically endorsed Tuesday night, would ban smoking downtown, on California Avenue, at large commercial areas such as Stanford Shopping Center and "neighborhood commercial" centers such as Alma Plaza. In addition, smoking would be illegal at all outdoor eating areas. Currently, at least half of the outdoor area in a given establishment must be smoke-free. Klein also proposed including e-cigarettes in the ban, an idea that both of his colleagues supported.

San Jose Mercury News - June 17, 2014

The Oakley and Pittsburg city councils recently voted to include e-cigarettes in public smoking bans. Do you think these devices should be included in city ...

Council to consider e-cig regulation
Santa Monica Daily Press - June 17, 2014

Vapor may join smoke on City Halls list of regulated exhalents. On Tuesday, Santa Monicas City Council will consider directing City Hall to amend its smoking ordinance to regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way as traditional cigarettes.

PD Editorial: Cities should follow county on e-cigarettes
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - June 17, 2014

Many states, counties and cities have been in a fog in knowing how to respond to that fad known as vaping. The use of battery-operated e-cigarettes is growing in popularity as they offer the ... electronic cigarettes much like regular tobacco products, banning their use in ... Twenty-eight states, including California, have laws that ban their sale to minors. ... e-cigarettes are healthier for the user and can help regular cigarette users to ...

Vallejo Times-Herald
Vallejo Times-Herald - June 16, 2014

At the event the participants will present their continued work on promoting a drug-free environment at local schools and advocating for smoke-free transit stops ...

E-cigs to face same restrictions as tobacco in unincorporated areas ($$)
Gilroy Dispatch - June 16, 2014

Starting later this summer, the use and sale of electronic smoking devicesor e-cigaretteswill be regulated the same as tobacco in unincorporated Santa Clara County. On June 10, the countys Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that adds the increasingly popular devices to the countys tobacco control ordinances, according to the county press release.

Burlingame may add smoking restrictions: Parks would be the main area of focus in expansion
San Mateo Daily Journal - June 16, 2014

Burlingame could be following the path of other cities along the Peninsula and adding expanded restrictions on smoking. On Monday, the City Council will vote on whether to introduce amending the Burlingame Municipal Code to expand the list of city facilities where smoking is prohibited, specifically concentrating on parks and related areas. City owned or operated athletic fields and within 25 feet of city-owned parking lots, Bayfront Park or Mills Creek Canyon Park were added to the list of prohibited smoking areas. Although other nearby cities like South San Francisco have started to pass and propose ordinances on electronic cigarettes, Burlingame has yet to touch that issue yet, officials say.

Dixon talks e-cigarette, massage limitations and housing issue
The Reporter - June 14, 2014

Potential restrictions on e-cigarettes and massage establishments are being revisited in Dixon. Previously failing at the City Council level, the requests are now being brought before the Planning Commission.

PUBLIC AGENDA: hotel tax, smoking ban, new superintendent
Palo Alto Online - June 13, 2014

The committee plans to discuss expansion of the city's smoking ban downtown and in the California Avenue business district and to consider changes to ...

Survey finds concerns over secondhand smoke
Porterville Recorder - June 12, 2014

A new survey of Tulare County tenants shows support for more protections from secondhand smoke in multi-unit housing, the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency announced Wednesday…

In Calabasas, no smoking or vaping
Agoura Hills Acorn - June 12, 2014

No smoking signs in Calabasas may soon be changed to include no vaping. The Calabasas City Council voted at a recent meeting to include electronic cigarettes in the citys secondhand smoke prohibition. Beginning in July, the use of electronic cigarettesalso known e- cigarettes will be banned in the city anywhere smoking is prohibited and will only be allowed in areas designated for smoking…

Oakley City Council Agrees to Ban Use of E-Cigarettes in Public ...
East County Today June 12, 2014

In a 3-1 vote Tuesday, the Oakley City Council agreed to include the use of e-cigarettes in a ban on public smoking on city-owned properties, restaurants, and public outdoor areas. The Ordinance also prohibits the use of e-cigarettes by minors. The Ordinance is set to take effect in July and Oakley will be the fourth city in Contra Costa County to regulate the use of e-cigarettes following Concord, Richmond and Walnut Creek who Oakley modeled their ordinance afterPittsburg is scheduled to vote on a similar Ordinance on Monday…

Supervisors pass restrictions on e-cigarette use
Petaluma Argus Courier - June 11, 2014

Sonoma County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved restrictions on e-cigarettes that will mirror those they've passed on traditional tobacco smoking in public…

E-cigarette shops approved in Mission Viejo amid council debate
OCRegister - June 11, 2014

Two e-cigarette shops are now permitted to operate in Mission Viejo, with the second shop given the green light Monday night. Meanwhile, city officials continue debating stricter regulations for such businesses, with one council member pushing for site visits and workshops…

Vallejo City Council puts off on possible bus-stop smoking ban
Vallejo Times-Herald - June 11, 2014

The Vallejo City Council on Tuesday night decided to delay pursuing a possible smoking ban at city bus stops. The council put the matter on the back burner after city officials said there wasn't enough staff time to develop and implement the ban while meeting other council goals in the upcoming fiscal year. The council, which banned smoking in city parks in 2012, indicated it might reconsider the matter in the future…

Summer 'Family Camp Out' to be held in Solana Beach
Del Mar Times - June 11, 2014

Smoking near the doorways and inappropriate comments are some of the biggest complaints, she said, though the library staff works closely with the police department to deal with some of the criminal activity that occurs nearby.

Ordinance Committee Looks to Tighten Regulations on Aggressive ...
Noozhawk - June 11, 2014

On Tuesday, Santa Barbara's Ordinance Committee discussed changes to the city's ... Smoking near the doorways and inappropriate comments are some of the ...

Supervisors pass restrictions on e-cigarette use
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - June 11, 2014

Sonoma County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved restrictions on e-cigarettes that will mirror those they've passed on traditional tobacco smoking ...

E-cigs: Santa Clara County OKs vaping restrictions
Contra Costa Times - June 10, 2014

Citing concerns over a growing trend, Santa Clara County supervisors on Tuesday expanded smoking restrictions to include nicotine-dispensing electronic cigarettes. The unanimous vote means electronic cigarettes will be forbidden in all places where smoking is prohibited in unincorporated areas -- public spaces both indoors and out, including workplaces, bars, restaurants and parks, and within 30 feet of those off-limit areas. The one aspect that differs concerns private residences; while smoking cigarettes is against the law inside homes at multi-unit buildings, the vaporizers get a pass

Oakley: Council adds e-cigarettes to public smoking crackdown
San Jose Mercury News - June 10, 2014

OAKLEY -- Overriding the arguments of e-cigarette advocates, the City Council agreed Tuesday to include the devices in a sweeping crackdown on public smoking. Councilmembers voted 3-1 to introduce an ordinance banning smoking -- along with "vaping," as the use of electronic cigarettes is known -- from city-owned properties as well as from restaurants' outdoor dining areas and the exteriors of other businesses such as shopping centers, car dealerships, movie theaters and bus shelters.

E-Cigarettes To Be Banned In Areas Of Sonoma County
CBS Local - June 10, 2014

SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) The unincorporated areas of Sonoma County will soon be included in a growing list of places where vaping of electronic cigarettes is banned in some public areas and establishments. The countys Board of Supervisors Tuesday passed on first reading an amendment to an existing ordinance that prohibits smoking tobacco and the presence of second hand smoke in some public areas

Solano leaders battle smoking, car thefts
Vallejo Times-Herald - June 10, 2014

Solano County leaders on Tuesday took aim at second-hand smoke and the ... next steps on a proposal to ban smoking at all county owned or leased facilities, ...

Supervisors considers restrictions on e-cigarette use
Petaluma Argus Courier - June 10, 2014

E-smoking would have to be at least 25 feet away from doors and windows, ... to ban it openly in public places where smoking is already banned,” he said.

E-cigarettes: Santa Clara County to consider stricter rules
Contra Costa Times - June 10, 2014

SAN JOSE -- Santa Clara County will consider bolstering a ban on nicotine vaporizers ... use within 30 feet of an entrance to anyplace where smoking is banned.

Daly City amends smoking law to include e-cigarettes
San Francisco (CA) Examiner – June 8, 2014

City Council has amended its smoking regulations to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in areas where smoking is not allowed. Hoping to address concerns about secondhand smoke and increased use by teenagers, the city has joined other area cities, ...

Vallejo may seek to ban smoking at bus stops
Vallejo (CA) Times-Herald - June 7, 2014

City Council on Tuesday will consider pursuing a citywide smoking ban at bus stops. Pushing for the measure is the Vallejo Smoke-Free Outdoors Committee of the Vallejo Community Change Coalition, a group of individuals and agencies that advocates for...

Bellflower prohibits e-cigarettes on public property
Los Angeles Wave Newspapers - June 6, 2014

BELLFLOWER — The sale of electronic or e-cigarettes is legal, but they cannot be used on city property under an ordinance tentatively approved by the City ...

El Cerrito residents offer ideas on new smoking restrictions
San Jose Mercury News - June 6, 2014

Smoking-related litter will be a key issue in any ordinance, Pinkos said. ... Project said ordinances banning and restricting smoking have the concurrent positive ...

Supervisors update tobacco ordinance for electronic cigarettes
Village News Network - June 5, 2014

One added electronic smoking devices to the Board of Supervisors policy on ... County Transit District board, noted that banning electronic smoking devices on ... The previous ban on smoking in county parks and on county trails had been ...

City Council unanimously approves public smoking ban
Beach Reporter - June 5, 2014

City Council voted 5-0 to impose a ban on smoking in public. ... Manhattan Beach already bans public smoking in parks, on the beach, the pier and The Strand.

Council approves trash rate increase
Lompoc Record - June 5, 2014

Additionally, the council voted 4-1, with Linn dissenting, to approve an ordinance banning smoking in recreational areas, including the use of electronic ...

American Canyon to ban smoking and e-cigarettes in parks
Napa Valley Register - June 4, 2014

AMERICAN CANYON -- Smokers may soon be prohibited from lighting up in American Canyon parks. City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approved an ...

San Rafael considers downtown recruitment study
Marinscope Community Newspapers - June 4, 2014

... on massage establishments in San Rafael that violate the city's ordinance. ... built, to how much an individual can win at bingo, to where smoking is permitted.

Solana Beach to require e-cigarette retailers to obtain licenses
Del Mar Times – May 31, 2014

“We do not want to re-glamorize smoking, so we applaud the city for addressing this important issue.” ... Solana Beach is one of several cities in the county to ban e-cigarettes. No city in the region has banned sales. ... e-cigarette use · Del Mar bans e-cigarettes · Del Mar Fairgrounds board to consider e-cigarette ban.

E-cigarettes will be treated like other tobacco products in Gardena
Daily Breeze - May 30, 2014

Home ?; News ?; Smoking bans ... In addition to banning their use in parks, the ordinance also requires the city's 6 “vape” — or ... In March, Los Angeles banned the use of e-cigarettes in parks, workplaces and restaurants. Manhattan Beach also wrapped them into a citywide smoking ban, and Seal Beach has halted their ...

No smoking in AmCan parks?
Vallejo Times-Herald-May 30, 2014

Banning smoking in city parks and responding to the most recent Grand Jury report are on the agenda for Tuesday's City Council meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. at ...

Citywise: Waterfront residential towers win initial approval
San Jose Mercury News - May 30, 2014

The City Council still must approve zoning and land use amendments to permit ... as the 2015 Housing Element Update plan or Fremont's policy on e-cigarette ...

City temporarily bans new e-cig shops
Camarillo Acorn - May 30, 2014

SAFER THAN SMOKING? ... City Attorney Brian Pierik said the city should place a temporary ban on new vapor stores until ... “I just feel we are getting to the point in this country where anything taboo is being banned or restricted,” he said.

E-cigarette smokers in Davis may face restrictions
Sacramento Bee - May 29, 2014

Davis' e-cigarettes smokers will soon have to abide by the same regulations as the city's conventional cigarette smokers. The Davis City Council unanimously ...

E-cigarette smokers in Davis may face restrictions
Modesto Bee - May 29, 2014

The Davis City Council unanimously voted Tuesday in favor of including e-cigarettes and hookah in the ordinance that prohibits smoking in certain spaces.

Students say vaping is an easy habit to start
Valley Sun - May 29, 2014

While the adult world rallies to regulate sales of e-cigarettes to minors and use of ... flavored propylene glycol or versions with varying concentrations of nicotine. ... an advocacy and family resource group that aims to combat the use of tobacco, ... conventional cigarette use among U.S. adolescents," the study concluded in a ...

SF Weekly Letters May 28-June 3, 2014
SF Weekly - May 27, 2014

Reader feels anti e-cigarette tactics may not work: Prohibition creates desire in the adolescent mind ["San Francisco Ramps Up War on E-Cigarettes," Chris Roberts, the Snitch, 5/20]. As soon as those e-cigs are banned they may become even more in demand by teens, and many might try it who might not have otherwise. It is better to educate teens in an honest manner and give them the knowledge and skills to make choices for themselves, and learn from any consequences that may ensue.

Manteca may allow hookah lounges, other tobacco uses
Manteca Bulletin - May 26, 2014

The city that led the drive in California in the 1970s to ban the sale of cigarettes from vending machines accessible to children may now make hookah lounges legal. The Manteca Planning Commission on Tuesday is considering a municipal code amendment that would accommodate the centuries old communal smoking of flavored tobacco practice in specific zones

Foster City considers expanding smoking regulation to apartment units
San Francisco Examiner - May 25, 2014

Stricter anti-smoking regulations being considered in Foster City may prohibit residents from lighting up in their own apartments. The City Council sent an amended smoking ordinance proposal back to the drawing table Monday after recommending to expand restrictions on smoking on sidewalks inside multi-unit residential complexes to include all common areas and even the units themselves. "I do favor, because of the impact to others, a ban on smoking in multiunit dwellings. I think that those people are of lesser economic ways and means; they have lesser choices," said Councilman Herb Perez. "The last thing they should have to consider when they're renting that apartment is whether a smoker lives next door."

EDITORIAL: Bowing to the e-cig makers
Fresno Bee - May 24, 2014

Somebody out there wants children to be able to keep mail-ordering e-cigarettes. The occasion was a sensible bill to prevent the Internet sale of e-cigs to minors. Authored by Assembly Member Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, Assembly Bill 1500 would have required age verification for e-cigarette mail orders, plus an adult signature upon delivery, like, say, Internet wine shipments. The bill sailed through an earlier committee, for good reason. E-cigarettes, which turn liquid nicotine into an inhalable vapor, are a growing public health worry. What happened? This was a Democrat's bill in a Democrat-dominated committee, aimed at protecting children from a threat to their health. The bill needed nine votes to advance, but got only a half-dozen. At least Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, D-Culver City, had some semblance of a rationale for his no vote. The five Democrats who abstained offered no explanation. Perhaps a clue lay in the top-billing Capitol lobbyists who represent e-cigarette makers Altria, LOEC, Inc., and VMR Products. Or in the tens of thousands of dollars that some of those Democrats have taken from them in campaign contributions.

San Diego County Adds E-Cigs to Smoking Ban
NACS Online - May 23, 2014

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has amended the county code to include electronic cigarettes under its tobacco smoking ban, ...

Speier, Eshoo face inexperienced GOP opposition in June primary
Contra Costa Times - May 22, 2014

More recently, Speier turned her attention to the growing popularity of e-cigarettes. "The Food and Drug Administration has to be given the authority to regulate ...

The Whiteboard Jungle: Where are the voices against pot ...
Glendale News Press - May 22, 2014

All the things nonsmokers do not like about cigarette smoke still apply to marijuana: second-hand smoke, ashes and butts on the ground, and don't forget the ...

Rising vape usage is two way street without an end
Mesa Press - May 22, 2014

The popularity of electronic cigarette (e-cig) has been on the rise in recent years among college students and young adults along with the controversy stemming ..

Editorial: A perfectly sensible bill limiting E-cigarettes sales to minors ...
Sacramento Bee - May 22, 2014

The bill sailed through an earlier committee, for good reason. E-cigarettes, which turn liquid nicotine into an inhalable vapor, are a growing public health worry.

El Cerrito plans tighter restrictions on smoking
Contra Costa Times - May 21, 2014

EL CERRITO -- The City Council showed it's determined to improve on an "F" grade El Cerrito received in a report on regional regulation of smoking, by moving ...

Sonoma looks to douse outdoor smoking
Sonoma Valley Sun - May 21, 2014

The Sonoma City Council moved Monday to effectively ban smoking in all ... Lung Association, also calls for banning smoking in all public area of hotels, but the ...

Lathrop may regulate sale of e-cigarettes
Manteca Bulletin - May 21, 2014

Just because that e-cigarette is electronic doesnt necessarily mean that its welcome everywhere. Whether the Lathrop City Council is willing to make that official or not remains to be seen. On Monday the council listened to a proposal by City Attorney Salvador Navarrete that would preemptively legislate against the latest smoking fad personal vaporizers that deliver nicotine-enhanced juices that are often a mixture of propylene glycol and flavorings as a way to regulate an industry that is booming in popularity with almost no legal oversight outside of restricting sales to minors.

Council to discuss General Plan
Napa Valley Register - May 21, 2014

The St. Helena City Council will continue reviewing the latest draft of the General Plan at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at Vintage Hall. Police Chief Jackie Rubin and Catalyst Coalition coordinator Lisa Toller will give a presentation on e-cigarettes, marijuana and raves.

Foster City wants to deter smoking
San Mateo Daily Journal - May 21, 2014

Smokers could soon be hard pressed to find a place to smoke in Foster City as the council went forward with strengthening its proposed new smoking ordinance at a meeting Monday night. The council instructed staff to update its draft to ban smoking in rental apartment buildings, on any city-owned property and increase the fines for disobeying the rule. The council will also consider expanding the buffer zone from any entryway into a public building and prohibiting smoking in commercial parking lots.

County to treat e-cigarettes like tobacco - May 20, 2014

FDA proposes first e-cigarette rules, including banning sales to minors A UC study ... Critics have called electronic cigarettes a gateway to tobacco smoking.

Vapers' dreams go up in smoke in AV
Victorville Daily Press - May 20, 2014

The Apple Valley Town Council last week unanimously approved an ordinance that officially amended a ban on smoking tobacco products at Town-operated facilities to include electronic cigarettes/vaping.

San Diego Co. could approve e-cig ban
10News - May 20, 2014

If it passes, the use of electronic cigarettes and similar devices will be banned in county buildings and parks, and public buildings in unincorporated areas

Pot Club Rules Come Up for a Vote
San Jose Inside (blog) - May 19, 2014

After years trying to grapple with the proliferation of cannabis clubs in San Jose, city ... It would bar convicted criminals from working for collectives and limit ...

Leaning left?
Victorville Daily Press - May 19, 2014

And then theres the latest venture into government intrusion into peoples lives by the council. That, of course, is the banning of electronic smoking from the Towns parks and recreational facilities. Wed like to see the council offer at least a modicum of proof that theres any physical threat to anyone attached to such consumption, instead of pandering to what were told are a tiny minority of town residents, who say the public display of such behavior offends them. Naturally the add, without a smidgen of proof (where have we heard that word before?) that whats called vaping is dangerous to ones health.

OP-ED: A government of the people
San Mateo Daily Journal-May 17, 2014

We are doing outreach to those who live in apartments through the California Apartment Association. We solicited their input on the upcoming new smoking ordinances and we have been working with them to begin to develop programs by the landlords to eliminate smoking altogether, on a voluntary basis, for the health of our children and other residents.

Vaping banned in town parks and facilities
Victorville Daily Press - May 14, 2014

The council's unanimous vote bans the use of every variation of electronic or ... Xhale Smoke Shop Manager Abdul Atalla said he expects the ban will affect ...

San Mateo County Community College District bans e-cigarettes ...
San Mateo Daily Journal - May 15, 2014

By a unanimous vote Tuesday, the district Board of Trustees moved to ban e-cigarettes ... Smoking is prohibited within 20 feet from any district or college doorway, ... Recently, South San Francisco banned the use of e-cigarettes in city spaces ...

E-cigs could get students expelled
Thousand Oaks Acorn - May 15, 2014

BANNED- Following a board vote last week, it is now against district rules for BANNED—Following a board vote last week, it is now against district rules ...

Siskiyou supervisors vote to support thirdhand smoke education
Siskiyou Daily News - May 14, 2014

Stories about third-hand smoke hit the U.S. in 2009, expanding the understanding of potential aftereffects on people not directly engaged in smoking cigarettes...

Owners of stores caught selling tobacco to minors now face fines
The San Luis Obispo Tribune - May 14, 2014

Business owners in the county will face fines and possible suspension of their tobacco sales licenses if they are caught selling tobacco to minors, under new rules approved Tuesday.

San Jose City Council delays vote on rules for marijuana dispensaries - May 14, 2014

The delay follows several hours of pleas during last night's council meeting, from both supporters and opponents of pot clubs. They were each given one minute ...

Oakley council eyes expanded anti-smoking ordinance
San Jose Mercury News - May 13, 2014

OAKLEY -- Going one step further in its attempt to protect residents from second-hand smoke, the City Council is considering an ordinance that would prevent tobacco users from lighting up in virtually every outdoor public place. The proposed restrictions also would extend to electronic cigarettes.

Aliso Viejo won't regulate smoking lounges for now ($$)
OCRegister - May 13, 2014

ALISO VIEJO The city will not impose restrictions on where smoking or electronic-cigarette lounges may be located after proposed changes to city law were not ...

Marijuana Ordinance Back in Front of City Council
San Jose Inside (blog) - May 12, 2014

It would also impose a 1,000-foot buffer between clubs and schools, ... years ago, cannabis club operators fought back with enough signatures to nullify them.

E-cigarettes raise concern at Turlock schools
Modesto Bee - May 11, 2014

TURLOCK Grown-ups dont know about them. That alone would make e-cigarettes addictive to kids, but Pitman High School senior Bree Wheelers comment carries even wider implications. Regulations surrounding vapor-makers remain hazy, with teens easily circumventing age restrictions to buy them and inhaling right under the noses of watchful adults. Electronic cigarettes what the kids call hookah pens are battery-powered devices that provide doses of nicotine and/or flavoring in an aerosol. Flavors ...

Goleta Takes On New Smoking Devices With Ordinance
KEYT - May 8, 2014

The ordinance would ban the sale of e-cigarettes and vapor products to minors. ... Another ordinance would ban second-hand smoke in parks and on hiking ...

County regulates e-cigarettes
Coast News - May 8, 2014

Colin Apodac spoke against the electronic smoking bans before the Board of Supervisors. Representing the Vape a Vet Project, Apodac works with active duty ...

National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) - May 8, 2014

The measure, which would prohibit usage of electronic cigarettes where tobacco smoking is banned, goes to a second vote this month.

Goleta Considers Smoking Ordinances
Santa Barbara Independent - May 8, 2014

The city's retail ordinance would aim to prevent sales to minors, including vapor products like e-cigarettes; such stores couldn't employ minors or open within ...

County moves to treat e-cigarettes like tobacco
Ramona Sentinel - May 7, 2014

... the use of electronic cigarettes in places where tobacco smoking is banned. ... Critics have called electronic cigarettes a gateway to tobacco smoking. Supervisor Bill Horn supported the proposed ban. ... He said other cities had adopted similar bans, and no studies have proven the safety of the electronic cigarettes.

Long-term effects of e-cigarettes debated among users, doctors
Bakersfield Now - May 7, 2014

For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has rolled out new regulations that include the ban of selling to minors and a warning label that nicotine ...

A smoky situation on e-cigarette regulation
Daily Sundial - May 7, 2014

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have become the latest trend among the current generation of smokers. There is also an ethical dilemma of e-cigarettes being ...

County supervisors vote to ban e-cigarettes where tobacco smoking is banned
San Diego 6 - May 7, 2014

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to tentatively approve an amendment to the county code to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in places where tobacco smoking is banned. If approved on a second vote May 20, the use of electronic cigarettes and similar devices will be banned in county buildings and parks, and public buildings in unincorporated areas.

Solano County continues efforts to reduce smoking
The Reporter - May 6, 2014

The good news is that smoking prevalence statewide has dropped, but there is ... She added that an ad hoc committee created to address smoking ordinances ...

League of California Cities Board Supports Legislation to Regulate Electronic Cigarettes
Sierra Sun Times - May 2, 2014

On April 24 the League board of directors took action to support two measures that seek to regulate e-cigarettes on the same manner as tobacco products: AB 1500 (Dickenson) and SB 648 (Corbett). Currently, neither federal nor California laws exist that regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products. However, there is some activity at both levels to do so. In the interim, more than 100 California cities and counties have considered ordinances or adopted language in municipal codes that aim to treat e-cigarettes like tobacco cigarettes with regard to business licensing requirements and inclusion in local smoking ordinances. It is important to note that neither AB 1500 nor SB 648 infringe on local control with respect to imposing a more restrictive ordinance on tobacco products.

Sacramento Apartment Complex to Go Smoke-Free
KTXL-TV FOX40 (Sacramento, CA) - May 2, 2014

The Lincoln Place apartment complex in Sacramento is giving up smoking - completely. Management cites the dangers of second-hand smoke, which can cause serious illness or death, as their reason. A smoke-free complex is attractive to some tenants.

LA's top doctor wants Washington to regulate e-cigarettes
89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio - May 1, 2014

Director of Public Health for Los Angeles County, Jonathan Fielding, cut short his vacation to join officials from New York, Boston and Chicago in the nation's capitol Thursday to ask the federal government to regulate...big tobacco has been doing more th

Electronic cigarettes need regulations
City College Times - May 1, 2014

... emit a vapor, users argue that this technology should not be classified as smoking, and vapor should be permitted indoors and in various non-smoking areas.

Holy smokes: No ban yet in home daycares?
Hollister Free Lance - May 1, 2014

Hollister council members may be on the way to approving an ordinance that would ban smoking from licensed home daycares 24 hours a day – meaning there ...

Coronado Unified School District Board Update
Coronado Eagle and Journal - May 1, 2014

In another action, the Board added E-Cigarettes to the district's policy prohibiting tobacco and nicotine products from the district's schools. Superintendent Dr.

Feature: Up in smoke
Pacific Sun - May 1, 2014

Instead of the familiar, burning blue-gray smoke, I got a lungful of tingly, barely ... aimed at banning smoking in public places and multifamily housing units.

Los Angeles officials praise FDA ruling on e-cigarettes
Park Labrea News/Beverly Press - May 1, 2014

The Los Angeles City Council on March 4 approved a ban on smoking ... parks, beaches and other locations where cigarette and tobacco smoking is prohibited.

Staff Editorial: Opposing the Unopposed
Foghorn Online - May 1, 2014

... calling for USF to ban smoking on campus., that earned 67% approval in this election. This could lead to smoking being banned on the entire USF campus.

FDA inhales more authority
Chico News & Review - May 1, 2014

“This proposed rule is the latest step in our efforts to make the next generation tobacco-free,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a ...

What to Plant?
North Coast Journal - May 1, 2014

As marijuana planting season begins, medical growers and neighbors bothered by .... indoors as detrimental to the environment and our limited housing stock.

My Place or Yours?: Pot Smokers Have No Real Home Away From ...
SF Weekly – April 30, 2014

There is a reason behind that ever-present stink of marijuana from street ... A joint can get you booted from public or subsidized housing, no big deal for the tech ...

Berkeley seniors and founders of e-cigarette company talk entrepreneurial spirit at UC Berkeley
Daily Californian - April 30, 2014

UC Berkeley has recently been noted as a college with a powerhouse entrepreneurship program by the news website Mashable. Long before this, however, student-entrepreneurs Ben Einstein, Sean Linehan and Davy Li recognized and capitalized on the opportunities offered by UC Berkeley to its budding entrepreneurs. The team will soon launch a product recommendation site, Einstein, while Einstein and Linehan have also developed and released BEX, an electronic cigarette.

Law: Taxis must be smoke-free ($$)
OCRegister - April 29, 2014

Taxi drivers in Irvine with an itch for some nicotine should wait until they cross over into the Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach or Tustin borders. Its against the law to smoke in ones cab in the city, whether you have a fare or not.

New Smoking Policy Debated
New University Online - April 29, 2014

According to Schonfeld, the university can only restrict a person's basic right to ... Not only is the prohibition of smoking an illegal act, but it is not going to stop ...

Crackdowns on e-cigarettes worry Sonoma County users
Petaluma Argus Courier April 28, 2014

E-cigarettes are different, said Scribner, 49, who said he was able to kick a decades-old smoking habit with the electronic inhalers that simulate and substitute ...

New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco Implementing Electronic Cigarette Laws: Millions protected from exposure to e-cigarette secondhand aerosol
PRNewswire-USNewswire - April 28, 2014

BERKELEY, Calif., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights: On April 29, 2014, New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco will implement laws that prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in smokefree environments. Each of these cities amended existing smokefree laws to include these new electronic smoking devices, which include vape pens, e-hookahs, and e-cigarettes, as products that are not permitted for use in smokefree areas. In addition, the California cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach implemented similar laws earlier this month. Roughly 17 million residents who live in these cities will be affected by these new protections. "Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights supports the inclusion of e-cigarettes and similar electronic smoking devices in smokefree laws," said Cynthia Hallett, Executive Director. "The science on the constituents of the secondhand aerosol indicates that hazardous pollutants are emitted into the air including lead, chromium, nicotine, and propylene glycol, along with other ultrafine particles and volatile organic compounds. These laws are designed to protect worker and patron health and safety." …

Administration faces challenges in implementation of tobacco-free ... - April 28, 2014

While a new tobacco-free policy is set to take effect in fall 2015, Sacramento State faces challenges in the early planning and development of a comprehensive policy. Under the new policy all types of smoking could be banned, including smoke-free devices such as e-cigarettes. Kepley said although an official decision has not been made on e-cigarettes, the university will likely ban them.

Berkeley's People's Park marks its 45th anniversary
Berkeleyside - April 28, 2014

On Sunday April 27, Peoples Park celebrated its 45th anniversary with live music, food and reminiscing. Carol Denney, a park activist who campaigned to get a smoking ban there, returns to the park for first time in 4 years.

Vapor lounge owners say city ban misses its target
Los Angeles Wave Newspapers - April 25, 2014

E-cigarette users, who call themselves “vapers,” are now relegated to the ranks of tobacco smokers due to a ban on e-cigarette use at bars, restaurants and ...

Santa Cruz County cities ban E-cigarettes - April 25, 2014

In the proposal, the FDA seeks to ban the sale to minors of tobacco products that ... In two weeks, Santa Cruz is widening its ban on smoking to include banning ...

A Letter to Coachella Music Festival Promoters: Create Smoking ...
Huffington Post - April 25, 2014

After all, some music festivals, like Outside Lands in San Francisco and Ravinia outside of Chicago, ban smoking entirely. But hey, this would be a good start.

RIVERSIDE: It's a 'New Business of Housing'
Press-Enterprise - April 24, 2014

Rose Mayes, executive director of the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County, said ... “I have a tenant with a medical marijuana card who insists on smoking ...

Do the FDA's e-cigarette restrictions go far enough?
SFGate (blog ) April 24, 2014

Just two days before San Francisco's public ban on e-cigarettes takes effect, the ... to take the next important step by banning the outrageous marketing of e-cigarettes ... The ordinance bans them in most public places, requires sellers to secure a ... prohibits their sale in pharmacies and other businesses where tobacco sales ...

Local vape shops react to FDA proposal - April 24, 2014

The proposed rules would ban anyone 18 and under from purchasing the smoking devices. But for one local vapor shop, the possible changes aren't a concern ...

The Real House Candidates of Beverly Hills
New York Times - April 24, 2014

I met with Waxman last month in the Rayburn House Office Building. His wall is clogged with copies of the landmark bills he played a big role in writing — the Clean Air Act, the Tobacco Control Act and the Affordable Care Act, among others.

No-smoke smoke shop
Chico News & Review - April 24, 2014

The minimalist décor includes a display case full of small bottles of flavored ... I quit smoking cigarettes about three years ago, off of an electronic cigarette. ... Our primary customer is someone who's getting off of traditional tobacco cigarettes.

Beverly Hills Approves Ban on E-Cigarettes in Public Areas
Westside Today - April 23, 2014

The act of smoking cigarettes was once a symbol of coolness. Now, users of real and electric cigarettes are subject to legislative regulation and public shaming, as Beverly Hills became the latest city on April 22 to officially prohibit e-cigarettes in public spaces. The prohibition officially takes effect June 1.

E-cigarettes fire up controversy
Appeal-Democrat - April 23, 2014

David Bitton/Appeal-Democrat Raynante Burnett, of Yuba City, exhales vapor while smoking an electronic cigarette at his business Quality Vapes in Yuba City ...

Thirdhand smoke doesn't belong in home daycares ($$)
Imperial Valley Press - April 23, 2014

There is almost unanimous agreement about the dangers of firsthand tobacco smoke. There are few who dispute the dangers of secondhand tobacco smoke.

New SGOCC senators elected
Coast Report - April 22, 2014

Boyle said he is personally against a much discussed smoking ban because the school ... If someone comes in to propose something like banning smoking for ...

Proposed ban on e-cig shops gets vaporized
OCRegister - April 22, 2014

MISSION VIEJO E-cigarette shops are still welcome in Mission Viejo, after a divided City Council shot down a proposal to temporarily block them from opening. I dont think its fair to try to put a moratorium on a business thats not illegal, Councilwoman Cathy Schlicht said during Monday nights meeting. People have a right to have a personal use.

Editorial: E-cigarette regulation update on old crusade
OCRegister - April 22, 2014

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is set to unveil today his congressional inquiry into the marketing of electronic cigarettes, and considering his recent calls to increase ... Such morally driven prohibitions are a gross overreach of the responsibilities of government and give it a worrisome level of control over individual lives. Prohibitions on nonthreatening behaviors should be vigorously opposed regardless of how unpopular the behaviors are.

Assembly votes to ban all smoking in child care centers
89.3 KPCC (blog) - April 22, 2014

Smoking inside a home which doubles as a child care center could soon be illegal - even when children are not present. Its already illegal to smoke in a day care center while children are there. The State Assembly voted 55-8 Monday to pass a bill that would extend the ban to any time of the day. It seeks to curtail health risks on small children of "third-hand smoke," lingering particles that remain long after a cigarette has been extinguished. The bill needs to pass the state Senate and be signed by the Governor to become law.

Bill bans smoking at all times in home day cares
AP - Associated Press - April 22, 2014

The Assembly approved a bill Monday that would ban smoking inside home day care centers even after the children have left, a regulation that targets lingering "third-hand smoke" and has been adopted by 12 other states.

Editorial: E-cigarette regulation update on old crusade
OCRegister - April 22, 2014

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is set to unveil today his congressional inquiry into the marketing of electronic cigarettes, and considering his recent calls to increase ...

Mountains of trash rise after 4/20 pot party in SF
SFGate-by Evan Sernoffsky - April 22, 2014

About 40 volunteers from Green Cross, a San Francisco medical cannabis ... away about 350 bags of trash Sunday, said Holli Bert, a spokeswoman for the club.

Proposal introduced to make CSU smoke-free
Spartan Daily - April 21, 2014

Smoking on campus may soon be a thing of the past at all California State ... and San Francisco (among others) that have implemented smoking bans,” Nance said in ... and the student health center found there was general support for the ban. ... energy efficiency and relaxation inducing landscape as it might with banning ...

No ban on e-cigarettes in Shasta County, yet
KRCRTV.COM - April 21, 2014

On Friday Los Angeles became another of many major cities to ban electronic ... In Los Angeles smoking e-cigarettes is now banned in all public places where ...

New e-cig shops could face temporary ban in Mission Viejo
OCRegister - April 21, 2014

The city now prohibits e-cigarette use in areas where state laws ban smoking. ... shops to operate only in commercial zones and banning all smoking lounges.

SF schools seek to extinguish e-cigarette use on campuses
San Francisco Examiner - April 21, 2014

... airborne pollution containing nicotine, heavy metals and carcinogens, said Derek Smith, director of the Department of Public Health's Tobacco Free Project.

Los Angeles Bans Electronic Cigarettes in Bars, Restaurants
WPRO - April 21, 2014

It is now a crime in Los Angeles to take a drag off an electronic cigarette in a public place, including bars and restaurants.

Vaping lounges offer refuge from LA's new e-cigarette ban
89.3 KPCC - April 19, 2014

As an e-cigarette user, Reese Flores says the City of L.A.s new ordinance banning the devices in public spaces unfairly punishes him and other vapers. But as he manned the counter on the first day of the ban at Vapegoat, an e-cigarette retailer in Highland Park, Flores saw an upside: a possible uptick in business. That's because the ban exempts e-cigarette retailers and vaping lounges. Vapegoat has carved out a lounge space in its York Boulevard store, complete with couches, a display of original artwork and a sound system that on this afternoon blares the Linkin Park station on Pandora.

Los Angeles e-cig ban takes effect
10News - April 19, 2014

VENICE - Owners of vapor lounges around Los Angeles are hoping a new law banning electronic cigarettes from public places that took effect at midnight Friday ...

Venice Vapor Lab Owner Hopes City's E-Cig Ban Helps Business - April 19, 2014

Owners of vapor lounges around Los Angeles are hoping a new law banning electronic cigarettes from public places going into effect at midnight will bring in ...

Dixon leaders consider host of bans
The Reporter - April 19, 2014

Citing public safety issues, Dixon city leaders are seeking temporary bans on the establishment and operation of massage parlors; computer gaming and Internet access shops; and hookah, e-cigarette lounges and vapor bars within the city. On Tuesday, the City Council will consider adopting interim urgency ordinances regarding each, which would result in 45-day moratoriums.

Los Angeles e-cigarette ban in bars, restaurants starts Saturday
Los Angeles Daily News - April 18, 2014

The ban goes into effect more than a month after the Los Angeles City Council, ... to restrict e-cigarette use in the same areas where tobacco smoking is barred. ... club's manager, said it is not a “well-known fact (vaping) is going to be banned.

SF library officials propose new rules to crack down on unruly behavior
San Francisco Examiner - April 18, 2014

For some of the most severe repeat offenses, patrons could be banned for up to ... suspension would be for “unreasonable use of restrooms,” such as smoking, ... One new rule would carry the penalty of a warning of up to a seven-day ban for ...

Editorial: A middleground on the daycare smoking ban
Hollister Free Lance - April 18, 2014

Considering the known health impacts from tobacco residue, it might seem like an obvious decision to ban smoking 24 hours a day in licensed home daycare ...

E-Cigarettes Banned at Petco Park
NBC 7 San Diego - April 17, 2014

A hazy area of ballpark rules is getting cleared up. On Thursday, Petco Park officials said that smoking electronic cigarettes is not allowed inside the park.

Artesia City Council Enters E-Cigarette Fray
Los Cerritos News - April 17, 2014

With electronic cigarette shops and retailers fast proliferating streets and neighborhoods across Southern California, more cities in the region are quickly ...

Letter: Students need help in constant tobacco battle
Enterprise-Record - April 17, 2014

When asked about current use of electronic cigarettes, or other nicotine delivery devices, 2 percent of seventh-graders, 9 percent of ninth-graders, 12 percent of ...

City Council: Plastic bags to stay in Scotts Valley
Santa Cruz Sentinel - April 17, 2014

The council also unanimously passed an ordinance on e-cigarettes, equating the electronic devices to traditional cigarettes. In addition to that, the ordinance ...

E-cigs a challenge for police, educators
Moorpark Acorn - April 17, 2014

E-cigarettes, or vaporizers, are being heralded by some as the best new way to help cigarette smokers kick the habit and blasted by others as a gateway to ...

Laws affecting youths to be discussed at Town Hall meeting
Napa Valley Register - April 17, 2014

Laws on underage drinking, e-cigarettes, synthetic drug use and other issues will be discussed from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at a community meeting at New ...

Smoke-free the way to be
Chico (CA) News & Review - April 17, 2014

California Health Collaborative’s Smoke Free North State program launched the Smoke Free Entryway MVP Competition in Chico at the beginning of April. Local businesses can take pictures of their storefronts to show that they’re making an effort to stay ...

S.F. officials try to snuff out '420' madness
SFGate-by Marisa Lagos - April 17, 2014

But weed smoking appears to be the least of their worries. ... in parks - they have a right to enjoy the city - so (a ban threat) was probably a little harsh," she said.

Keep e-cigs off school campuses
Agoura Hills Acorn - April 17, 2014

E-cigarettes, the battery-powered devices that produce sweetsmelling vapors as opposed to foul tobacco smoke, have begun popping up in principals' offices ...

Pot club changes could spark debate
Bay Area Reporter - April 17, 2014

However, little thought seems to have been given to how federal officials would react to additional pot clubs. The U.S. attorney for the Northern District of ...

San Diego Scene
San Diego Metropolitan - April 17, 2014

The tribe announced the start of construction activities for the casino, which it claimed would “blend seamlessly into the ... The sale price was not disclosed.

Letter: Butte County has means to curtail tobacco use
Enterprise-Record - April 16, 2014

In 2002, the Butte County Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance 3847, which allocated approximately $150,000 per year for regular and ...

Los Angeles Celebrates 'Last Vape'
SFGate (blog) - April 16, 2014

Los Angeles' e-cigarette ban comes into effect this Saturday at midnight, treating portable vaporizers as they would cigarettes and disallowing indoor use in ...

Corte Madera votes to ban smoking, e-cigarette use in multifamily housing units
Marin Independent Journal - April 16, 2014

Corte Madera has become the first Marin community to explicitly ban the use of e-cigarettes in multifamily housing units and public spaces. According to the nonprofit American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation in Berkeley, nearly 140 cities and counties in the United States have placed restrictions on e-smoking, including Fairfax, Mill Valley and Tiburon. All of these local ordinances don't specifically address e-cigarettes, but do reference "tobacco-like" products such as hookah or any other device containing tobacco.

Up in smoke
The Salinas Californian - April 16, 2014

A fruit-flavored haze hangs in the air at V-Luxe Vape & Art in Oldtown Salinas. Behind the bar in the Off Main center, Arnel and Mindy Ordonio greet customers and explain the latest alternative smoking trend.

Mammoth Town Council: pay raise, e-cigarettes, trolley to Lakes Basin
Sierra Wave - April 15, 2014

Also in Consent, changes to the Town Tobacco Regulations to include e-cigarettes. They will be prohibited in the same way tobacco products are regulated.

How they voted: Results from North County government
U-T San Diego - April 15, 2014

The Del Mar City Council on Monday appointed Pat Jacoby and Karen Lockwood to the Parks and Recreation Committee; appointed Ann Feeney, John Goodkind, and Shirley King to the Sustainability Advisory Board; declined to approve a contract for a consultant to conduct a citywide satisfaction survey, directing staff to address questions and concerns with the proposal and return to the council; and introduced an ordinance amending the municipal code to expand the definition of smoking to include e-cigarettes.

What's ahead for North County councils, school boards
U-T San Diego - April 15, 2014

The Encinitas City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Council Chambers, 505 S. Vulcan Ave. Agenda items include: ; adoption of an ordinance amending the municipal code to expand smoking regulations to include electronic cigarettes; ...

LETTER: Anti-smoking programs are underfunded
Paradise Post - April 12, 2014

In 2013, Butte County received $ 2,946,747 from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) bringing the total dollars received to just over $32 million since 2000; with annual payments scheduled to continue through 2045. In 2002, the Butte County Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance 3847 which allocated approximately $150,000 per year for regular and ongoing smoking cessation classes and school-based tobacco prevention throughout the county. Unfortunately, this funding ended in 2008 and has not been reinstated.

News Briefs — April 11, 2014
Amador Ledger-Dispatch - April 11, 2014

Whether to restrict smoking outdoors on Main Street was the central topic of ... the issue, including possibly passing a new ordinance banning smoking on Main ... as members of the public voiced support for a ban on smoking on Main Street.

E-cigs banned on city property: Devices outlawed in South San ...
San Mateo Daily Journal - April 11, 2014

E-cigs banned on city property: Devices outlawed in South San Francisco parks, ... social acceptance of smoking is the idea behind South San Francisco's ban of using ... Smoking an e-cigarette is now prohibited in city buildings; city-owned ...

Your Health: E-cigarettes can be highly addictive and harmful, too
San Lorenzo Valley Press-Banner - April 10, 2014

The Santa Cruz City Council has just voted to update the city's tobacco related ordinances which would ban the use of e-cigarettes where smoking is currently ...

County Office of Education Awarded $1.3M for Tobacco, E-Cigarette ... - April 10, 2014

Smoking among middle and high school students dropped between 1996 and 2008, but new nicotine products—like e-cigarettes, also known as vapor ...

Cigarette butt cleanup makes progress
Daily Aztec - April 10, 2014

He said it's too early to see the effectiveness of the ban, because people haven't ... California State University, Fullerton has a similar policy to the smoking ban ...

Del Mar joins list of cities regulating e-cigs
Coast News - April 10, 2014

The new law will define e-cigs, as they are known, as items “that can provide an inhalable dose of nicotine by delivering a vaporized solution,” the staff report

Coachella: A survival guide
U-T San Diego - April 9, 2014

E-cigs are also OK, but no e-juice or e-liquid refills will be allowed inside the venue. 4. Save your cellphone. When not in use, power it down or set it on airplane ...

Editorial: Study on 'unhealthy advertising' goes too far
Press-Enterprise - April 9, 2014

On the negative side, 13 percent of San Bernardino youth smoke, which is higher ... Massachusetts in 2001, in which the Supreme Court found a state ban on ...

Paso schools ban use of e-cigarettes
The San Luis Obispo Times - April 9, 2014

Following a countywide edict, the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District has banned the use of electronic cigarettes, which will help the county keep an ...

Land's End: Trash Talk
Orange County April 9, 2014

This, even though smoking is banned on most Orange County beaches, and the ... That decent people don't smoke on the sand and then leave their butts for ...

Chico businesses given cigarette cleanup challenge
KRCRTV.COM - April 9, 2014

The California Health Collaborative's Smoke Free North State Program is asking Chico businesses to compete with one another by cleaning up cigarette butts ...

State Hopes Funds Will Prevent All Forms Of Nicotine Use By Kids
Capital Public Radio News - April 9, 2014

The state issued $17 million in grants to 14 school districts for anti-tobacco programs. ... containing nicotine including flavored electronic cigarettes and e-cigarettes ... encouraging them to update tobacco policies to include a ban on e-cigarette ...

Ban OK'd on e-cigs by supes at county buildings
Daily Democrat - April 9, 2014

In a 4-1 vote, Supervisor Matt Rexroad dissenting, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution updating the current smoking policy in county buildings, near entrances or in county-owned vehicles. Wherever a policy exists, "electronic nicotine delivery devices" will also not be allowed, according to a staff report. The devices create a nicotine vapor that's inhaled although some have no nicotine. "These amendments would prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes and similar devices that contain tobacco or nicotine in all areas where smoking is currently ...

Electronic cigarette ban proposed
Appeal-Democrat - April 9, 2014

New electronic cigarettes have recently gained popularity among tobacco users throughout the world, but they don't go over well in Orland. The City Council on Monday took its first step to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in all areas where smoking regular cigarettes is prohibited, including within 20 feet of primary business entryways, city parks and anywhere near playgrounds, picnic areas and outdoor cafes.

Debunking the Five Most Ridiculous Assertions About E-Cigarettes
OC Weekly (blog)-by LP Hastings - April 9, 2014

Assertions about e-cigarettes run the gamut from factual, misinformed, overly positive, and just downright stupid. The latter is the easiest to run with because it's ...

Solano County group encouraging healthier stores for kids
The Reporter - April 9, 2014

Of those issues presented, Franco said, a big concern is the widespread availability of e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco and the few places selling fresh fruits ...

Del Mar bans e-cigarettes
Del Mar Times - April 8, 2014

Del Mar is the latest city in San Diego County to ban electronic cigarettes. In a unanimous vote, the Del Mar City Council on April 7 amended the citys existing smoking ordinance to ban the use of e-cigarettes in all public places where smoking is prohibited.

Results from North County government meetings
U-T San Diego - April 7, 2014

The Oceanside City Council on Wednesday approved the introduction of an ordinance to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes where smoking is prohibited ...

On the agenda: North County government meeting schedules
U-T San Diego - April 7, 2014

... to conduct a citywide satisfaction survey; introduction of an ordinance amending the municipal code to expand the definition of smoking to include e-cigarettes;

E-cigarette poisoning a growing risk
OCRegister - April 7, 2014

As e-cigarette use has risen, so has the number of people and children ... E-cigarettes deliver nicotine sometimes flavored to the smoker by using ... In some ways, it's more dangerous than tobacco because it can seep through your skin...

National Public Health Week
Santa Barbara Edhat - April 7, 2014

1984: Local laws establish that non-smokers rights take precedence over smokers if accommodation fails. Virtually all indoor air is smoke free and 5 of our 9 local communities in Santa Barbara County have outdoor secondhand smoke provisions in their local laws with the recognition of tobacco products as the primary factor underlying many leading causes of death.

Should E-Cigarettes Be Treated Like Cigarettes?
KPBS - April 7, 2014

Several cities in San Diego have banned the use of e-cigarettes, in all areas where smoking is already banned, most recently Oceanside. And the city of San Diego is considering a ban. This week in San Diego at the annual meeting of the ...

Youth Commission to vote on banning electronic cigarettes
Pleasanton Weekly - April 7, 2014

electronic cigarettes within the definition of "smoking," which would have the effect of banning them wherever tobacco smoking is not allowed. The commission's ...

Guest perspective: Safe ... but not safe enough
San Mateo Daily Journal - April 7, 2014

In recent Foster City Council meetings, we have discussed two items that are designed to create a safer environment for residents items that would make it better for you to live, work and play here in town. The items discussed were changes in our smoking ordinance and ...

E-cigarettes could be banned from county-owned buildings
Daily Democrat - April 6, 2014

Rules may become clearer about the use of e-cigarettes in and near county buildings on Tuesday. The Health Department is asking the Yolo County Board of Supervisors to approve an update to the current smoking policy in county buildings, near entrances or in county-owned vehicles. Wherever a policy exists, "electronic nicotine delivery devices" will also not be allowed, according to a staff report. The devices create a nicotine vapor that's inhaled although some have no nicotine.

Student government supports SCC smoking ban
Solano Tempest - April 6, 2014

In a 4-3 vote, the Associated Students of Solano College student government narrowly approved the Solano Community College district policy of non-smoking on all district property, at their April 1 meeting. Much of the debate centered around the rights of smokers and non-smokers on district property.

Daily Business Report-April 4, 2014
San Diego Metropolitan - April 4, 2014

Overall, the [Harrah’s] resort features 891 non-smoking guest rooms and suites and more than 10,703 square feet of non-smoking gaming space. “The grand opening of ...

E-cigarette ban wagon gaining steam
Seaside Courier - April 4, 2014

The Oceanside City Council opted April 2 to expand its anti-smoking ordinance to include electronic cigarettes, joining Encinitas, Carlsbad, Solana Beach and ...

Santee mayor responds to anti-smoking activists
KGTV-Ch. 10 (San Diego, CA) - April 3, 2014

The mayor of Santee is enraging anti-smoking activists. The city of Santee recently received a failing grade from the American Lung Association for allowing people to smoke in city parks.... "There are some people who are smoking Nazis," he said. "You...

Lawmaker proposes ban on filtered cigarettes
KERO-TV 23 - April 3, 2014

U-NO Smoke Shop on California Avenue said filtered cigarettes make up a majority ... is a smoker who said if the ban goes into law she'd probably quit smoking.

10 Things That Have Changed at UCSD Since 2010
The UCSD Guardian Online - April 3, 2014

Before the smoking ban on all UC schools took place this year, students could smoke hookah on the picnic tables as long as they were at least 40 feet from the ...

Chumash Tribe Outlines Plans to Expand Casino Resort
Noozhawk - April 2, 2014

The tribe hopes to add to the existing 106 guest rooms and 17 luxury suites ... state requires the Chumash to conduct an environmental review and to make a ... In particular, those already upset the tribe is going around county government to place ... land adjacent to the reservation into trust, eliminating it from county tax rolls ..a

Oceanside moves to ban e-cigarettes
KFMB News 8 - April 3, 2014

E-cigarettes would be prohibited in the same places smoking is banned, such as public parks, beaches and restaurants. The ordinance will likely be up for final ...

Waiting to exhale
Sacramento News & Review - April 3, 2014

While each contestant seems to have produced the same 5 feet of smoke, the ..... Cordova drafted legislation to ban them everywhere cigarettes are banned.

L.A. e-cigerette ban totally blows
Los Angeles Loyolan (subscription) - April 3, 2014

A Los Angeles law will go into effect April 19 banning e-ciarettes from ... Cigarette Ban Is Gonna Happen (Very Soon),” e-cigs are going to be banned from ... ban is the perceived health risks of “vaping,” much like the consequences of smoking.

'Vaping' at schools tough to police
Thousand Oaks Acorn - April 3, 2014

The devices, which simulate cigarette smoking and deliver varying amounts of ... funding for schools that did not ban tobacco and drugs from their campuses. .... to come up with individual policies banning e-cigarettes on campuses, but no ...

Keep e-cigs off school campuses
Thousand Oaks Acorn - April 3, 2014

E-cigarettes, the battery-powered devices that produce sweet-smelling vapors as opposed to foul tobacco smoke, have begun popping up in principals' offices ...

TUSD Board Gets Info on E-Cig Policy - April 3, 2014

The Turlock Unified School District, like many other governmental bodies, has been dealing with the controversy over e-cigarettes, also known as electronic ...

Viejas moves bingo hall into outlet mall
U-T San Diego - April 3, 2014

Viejas Casino & Resort has relocated its bingo hall to the adjoining outlet mall, ... a dedicated slot machine area, along with a designated indoor smoking area.

San Clemente holds off banning e-cigarettes at parks, beaches
OCRegister - April 2, 2014

It's illegal to smoke in San Clemente's city parks and on trails, beaches and the pier, but the ban doesn't apply to electronic cigarettes, a split City Council ...

It's just distracting: Smoking e-cigs in classrooms is inappropriate ...
Diablo Valley College Inquirer - April 2, 2014

The future of smoking is here, and DVC's existing smoking policy does not address ... The banning of e-cig remains controversial and advocates against the ban ...

Oceanside considers ban on e-cigs - April 2, 2014

OCEANSIDE, Calif. Oceanside may be the next city to ban electronic cigarettes. A coalition of community groups plan to meet Wednesday with the Oceanside City Council to urge the city to join the dozen other cities in the county that restrict public e-cigarette use, basically making them like regular cigarettes.

It's confusing out there for e-cig smokers
OCRegister - April 2, 2014

Also in March, Long Beach city officials classified e-cigs as tobacco products, prohibiting their use in enclosed workplaces or public parks, among other public ...

Barton facilities go smoke-free
Tahoe Daily Tribune - April 2, 2014

All Barton Health facilities and grounds are now 100 percent smoke-free. The smoking and tobacco ban includes all Barton Health facilities, parking lots, grounds, and Barton Memorial Hospital, according to a press release. The changed took place April 1. All patients, visitors, medical staff, vendors and employees will not be allowed to smoke at Barton. This includes the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, marijuana smoking, and smoke-free tobacco products such as chewing tobacco.

West Hollywood Attempts to Ban AirBnB
Frontiers LA (blog) - April 2, 2014

Tenants complain of strangers in their buildings who are inconsiderate and do not follow building rules, smoking in undesignated areas and blasting music at ...

New Fears Push More California e-Cigarette Bans - April 1, 2014

Southern Californias thriving e-cigarette industry faces a big new problem: nationwide, their products are becoming a hot new focal point of public health worries. In the latest report casting vapes in a negative light, the New York Times called the nicotine solution found in e-cigs poison by the barrel. That has producers and retailers in a defensive crouch, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise. The most sensational danger posed by nicotine juice is its potential to kill children who consume even a teaspoon. That alarming piece of data presupposes a nicotine concentration level that not all vials of juice contain. For anti-vape advocates, however, the Times report is an aid in turning public opinion firmly against permissive e-cig laws.

Daly City considers regulations on electronic cigarettes
San Francisco Examiner - April 1, 2014

Daly City could soon join San Francisco and other Bay Area cities in restricting the sale and use of electronic cigarettes. At the request of Councilman Mike Guingona, Mayor David Canepa recently authorized a special subcommittee to study the issue. Joining Guingona on the subcommittee is Vice Mayor Carol Klatt. Some city officials are pushing for regulations on e-cigarettes in the same way tobacco use is regulated due to concerns about secondhand smoke and increased use by teenagers. But there has been some disagreement about the extent to which the city should regulate sales of the electronic devices.

Encinitas enacts e-cigarette restrictions
U-T San Diego - April 1, 2014

Encinitas will put electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, on equal footing with traditional cigarettes, and ban their use at parks, beaches and restaurants. The City Council unanimously gave its initial approval last week to proposed revisions to the citys smoking ordinance, emphasizing that existing restrictions on cigarette and cigar use also apply to the new electronic smoking devices.

Electronic Cigarette Lounges, Vapor Bars, Retailers in Fremont: City Wants Publics Opinion
Tell the city what you think by visiting their website - March 31, 2014

The City of Fremont is seeking feedback from its residents on permanently banning electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) retailers, lounges, and vapor bars within city limits. Weigh in on Fremont Open City Hall, our online forum. On Feb. 11, the Fremont City Council established a temporary ban on e-cigarette retailers, lounges, and vapor bars. The City would like input as to whether this temporary ban should be permanent. ...

Meeting schedules for North County councils, school boards
U-T San Diego - March 31, 2014

Agenda items include: introduction of an ordinance to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes where smoking is prohibited and to initiate an amendment to the ...

How they voted: Results from council, school meetings
U-T San Diego - March 31, 2014

The Encinitas City Council on Wednesday declined to proceed with research for a tax-increase measure; received a report on the Interstate 5 widening project, directing staff and the Arts Commission work on potential freeway art projects; agreed to implement a Uriana Avenue traffic-calming project; and introduced an ordinance to expand the definition of smoke and smoking prohibitions to include e-cigarettes, and to prohibit smoking within 20 feet of city beaches, parks, trails, and outdoor dining areas of restaurants.

Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (UCSF) March 30, 2014

PUTTING THE TOBACCO INDUSTRYS WORDS TO WORK FOR YOU Tobacco Control Advocacy and Corporate Accountability Event: Register Now! The University of California, San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, an interdisciplinary research community, announces its one-day workshop on using tobacco industry documents for advocacy. The workshop will cover:

Planning OKs Pot Clubs Opening Closer To Schools
SFist-by Jay Barmann - March 28, 2014

The San Francisco Planning Commission voted Thursday to shrink the buffer zone required between new marijuana dispensaries and schools from 1,000 feet to ...

Encinitas moves toward banning e-cigarettes
Seaside Courier - March 28, 2014

Public health officials and advocates say companies behind e-cigarettes are ... Reports also indicate that teens are using the devices with marijuana and hash ...

CSU Board of Trustees addresses bargaining, maintenance and ...
The Daily Titan - March 27, 2014

CSU Board of Trustees addresses bargaining, maintenance and smoking ban.

Counties crack down on e-cigarettes
Mountain View Voice - March 27, 2014

Smoking e-cigarettes is getting harder to do in parts of the Bay Area after the San ... sales where cigarettes are banned, including at county facilities, parks, hospitals, ... Detractors of the e-cigarette bans include members of the state chapter of ...

E-cigarette refills' dangers for kids
Sierra Wave - March 27, 2014

Electronic cigarettes, called e-cigarettes, are drug delivery devices originally designed to look like regular tobacco cigarettes. Now they are larger reusable ...

City council upholds hookah bar denial
Dinuba Sentinel - March 27, 2014

A hookah is a multi-stemmed water pipe used to smoke flavored tobacco. The multiple stems of the pipe allow the hookah to be smoke communally. During a ...

The Big Chill
The Journal - March 27, 2014

A gathering of thousands of people to smoke marijuana is a big political statement. You may ... our local leaders need to protect that right, not work to restrict it.

The Possibility That Marijuana Could Be Legalized, Should Have ...
EGP News - March 27, 2014

... control where and when pot can be smoked or otherwise consumed in public places, ... concerns like proper ventilation, and the impact of second-hand smoke ...

Campbell: City council votes to allow a bar at a new location of ...
San Jose Mercury News - March 26, 2014

The commission applied restrictions to the location in order to address the concerns but ... Smoking was prohibited on the entire property to prevent loitering. ... Restricting the time puts a lot more constraints on the property owner to be able to ...

Oakley: Council sets rules for parolee housing facilities
San Jose Mercury News - March 26, 2014
Cant find article online.

Clients must observe Oakley's smoking ordinance.

ED MURRIETA: There's at least one place your e-cigarette is welcome, Vapour House
Sacramento Business Journal - March 26, 2014

While cities throughout California and across the nation are snuffing out the use of non-tobacco electronic cigarettes in bars, restaurants and other places where traditional tobacco-based combustible cigarettes are already outlawed, there's a bar in midtown Sacramento where the house rule on e-cigarettes is effectively thus: Vape it if you've got it. Vapour House is an e-cigarette bar where patrons can use e-cigarettes, drink beer and alcoholic cocktails, and eat bar food.

SF's Board Of Supervisors Unanimously Passes Ordinance Regulating Use and Sales of E-Cigarettes
The San Francisco Appeal - March 25, 2014

Smoking e-cigarettes is getting harder to do in parts of the Bay Area after the San Francisco and Santa Clara County boards of supervisors approved restrictions on the devices today. An ordinance regulating use and sales of electronic cigarettes was unanimously passed in a final vote at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting this afternoon. Supervisor Eric Mar sponsored the bill that prohibits use of electronic cigarettes where traditional cigarettes are already banned.

Santa Clara County moves forward with e-cigarette ban
Vallejo Times-Herald - March 25, 2014

Puffing an electronic cigarette is officially a no-no at Santa Clara County facilities, including Valley Medical Center and other health clinics, after a Tuesday decision to add the vaporizing gadgets to existing tobacco policy. According to nonprofit American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, more than 100 cities and counties in the United States -- many in California -- have placed restrictions on e-smoking, although the breadth of such bans vary greatly. ...

E-cigarettes included in Santa Cruz tobacco smoking regulations
Santa Cruz Sentinel - March 25, 2014

"Smoking" electronic cigarettes earned treatment equal to its tobacco-smoking cousin by a vote of the Santa Cruz City Council Tuesday afternoon. The council unanimously approved an update to its city ordinances to include the battery-powered "e-cigarettes," which emit vapor and typically contain nicotine and other flavorings. ...

Mailbag: Vaping done right can be good
Huntington Beach Independent - March 25, 2014

Patrice Apodaca's column "Clear air about vaping" (March 20, Huntington Beach Independent) was interesting to read, although heavily slanted. Vaping has gotten a large amount of press on the downside, and I agree it can be harmful if misused. Parents should make it a priority to be aware of what their children are doing and warn them of the dangers of misuse. But there is also an upside to vaping.

Cerritos council to vote on more than $334000 in park upgrades
Long Beach Press-Telegram - March 25, 2014

Lakewood, Long Beach and Los Angeles have approved regulations treating e-cigs the same as traditional tobacco products, meaning they can't be used in ...

Smoking inside apartments soon may become illegal in San Mateo County
San Jose Mercury News - March 25, 2014

Smoking inside apartments, condominiums and other multiple housing units soon may be a no-no in unincorporated San Mateo County. Following a study session discussion that touched on the evils of second-hand smoke, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday directed staff to return with a proposed smoking ban by this summer. In addition to traditional tobacco products, the county should consider outlawing electronic cigarettes, Groom said. Noting that Santa Clara County "is taking up e-cigarettes," Groom noted that she and Tissier "decided we should include e-cigarettes in this ordinance if we decide to go forward."

Should E-Cigarettes Be Banned? - March 25, 2014

But new rounds of smoking bans, including the UC-wide smoking ban, which took effect on January 1, are increasingly banning the use of e-cigarettes and ...

What Your City Should Know About E-Cigarettes And How Other Cities are Dealing with this Growing Trend - March 25, 2014

Electronic cigarettes have been promoted as a safer alternative to cancer-causing tobacco products that can wean heavy smokers off their habit. But this month, Los Angeles officials joined a growing list of cities that treat e-cigarettes just the same as regular cigarettes, banning their use in parks, restaurants and most workplaces. The decision came after an impassioned, and at times highly personal, debate (according to published reports) at a city council meeting that highlighted the backlash the smokeless cigarettes have generated as their popularity grows. More than 45 communities in California have included e-cigarette regulations in their smoking ordinances. Fifty-nine include e-cigarettes in their tobacco retailer license programs, meaning that those who want to sell e-cigarettes must obtain a license. Also, 21 jurisdictions have included e-cigarettes in smoking provisions that apply to housing complexes. Los Angeles follows in the footsteps of New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago and Boston, as well as five states that have restricted vaping in some way. L.A.s ban, however, will allow people to use e-cigarettes in vapor lounges, e-cigarette stores and for filming or theatrical purposes. Local governments in California do have options, ranging from taking no action until the state and federal government issue more guidance and regulations for the industry, to an outright ban on the sale and manufacturing. The question does not appear to be whether the popularity of e-cigarettes will continue to grow, but instead it is where and how such growth will occur. At least for now, the answer rests with local governments.

Santa Cruz may join regulatory trend for e-cigarettes
Santa Cruz Sentinel - March 24, 2014

Electronic cigarettes may join traditional tobacco in the doghouse of the city's smoke-free regulations, joining similar efforts across California and the country. The Santa Cruz City Council meets Tuesday afternoon to hear a proposed update to the city's tobacco-related ordinances.

Santa Cruz considers e-cigarette ban in public spaces
KSBW The Central Coast - March 24, 2014

Santa Cruz is looking at joining 45 other communities in California that have included electronic cigarette regulations in their smoking ordinances.

Fremont extends moratorium on e-cigarette retail stores and lounges for two years
Fremont Bulletin - March 24, 2014

Fremont City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend a temporary moratorium on e-cigarette retail stores, lounges and vapor bars that was put into effect at the council's Feb. 11 meeting. The 22- month and 15-day extension was given in order to provide staff with additional time to adequately study the issue before coming back to council with a recommendation on the city's stance on e-cigarettes. Fremont has joined cities across the Bay Area in studying the effects of electronic smoking devices. The city of Milpitas voted unanimously this Tuesday as well to ban e-smoking devices near playgrounds and city facilities and to restrict sales of e-cigarettes to those 18 years old and older, as the city already does with traditional tobacco cigarettes.

E-cigs' dangerous luring of youths
Napa Valley Register - March 24, 2014

Heres hoping Napa County teenagers and their parents are not being taken in by the e-cigarette companies hype that e-cigarettes are safe alternatives to regular cigarettes, and a great way to quit smoking. There is zero independent science to back those claims up.

Santa Clara County considers adding e-cigarettes to smoking laws
San Jose Mercury News - March 24, 2014

On Tuesday, county supervisors will consider a resolution that would add electronic vapor inhalers to current anti-tobacco ordinances. Specifically, it would outlaw use of the gadgets at county buildings, including health-care facilities, with a 30-foot no-puff zone around doors, vents and windows. It would also prohibit use in county vehicles. According to a staff report, more than 100 cities and counties in the United States -- more than 40 in California -- have placed such restrictions on electronic cigarettes.

Santa Clara County Considers E-Cigarette Regulations [VIDEO]
NBC Bay Area - March 24, 2014

Billed as a safer, cleaner way to get a nicotine fix, electronic cigarettes are gaining in popularity. But how safe they are is still up for debate. "I don't like them ...

How they voted: Meeting results for North County agencies
U-T San Diego - March 24, 2014

The Del Mar City Council on Monday directed staff to draft an ordinance that amends the municipal code to include e-cigarettes in the definition of smoking;

EDITORIAL: Local governments must restrict e-cigarettes
Fresno Bee - March 23, 2014

But this nation reached that conclusion only after decades of studies, millions of deaths from lung cancer and heart attacks, and tobacco company lies. We learned the cigarette lesson the hard way. We shouldn't repeat that with the next generation of the burning tobacco stick -- electronic cigarettes.

County Moves to Regulate E-Cigarettes
San Jose Inside (blog) - March 22, 2014

Until now, electronic cigarette users have enjoyed unfettered freedom to vape when and where they please. But Santa Clara County supervisors want to catch up with the trend and pull it under the purview of existing anti-smoking laws.

Q-Line: Up in vapor
Santa Monica Daily Press - March 22, 2014

A tenants rights group in Santa Monica is asking city officials to ban e-cigarettes, a relatively new technology that delivers nicotine in the form of a vapor instead of smoke. So, this weeks Q-Line question asks: Do you think e-cigs are dangerous and why?

Op-Ed: Will marijuana vaping escape San-Fran's e-cig ban? - March 22, 2014

But marijuana advocates report that rules regarding e-cigs proposed by Supervisor Eric Mars would most definitely be applied to cannabis vape pens.

San Mateo County mulls smoking ban: Ordinance would limit tobacco use inside unincorporated areas apartments, condos
San Mateo Daily Journal - March 22, 2014

Smoking inside unincorporated county apartments and condominiums could become a thing of the past under a possible prohibition being studied by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

South County cities consider e-cigarette regulations
OCRegister - March 21, 2014

Aliso Viejo looks at prohibiting smoking lounges in some areas; Laguna Niguel eyes law ... Though he does not smoke, he said he didn't want to further restrict ...

The City of Santa Monica is taking steps that could lead to the ...
Santa Monica Mirror - March 21, 2014

Over time, cigarette smoking has become heavily regulated and has formed a ... as Los Angeles from banning e-cigarette use in public places within its borders. ... which governs the European Union, reportedly passed a ban on e-cigarette ...

San Francisco Restricts E-Cigarette Sales
NACS Online - March 21, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has approved regulations that place electronic cigarettes with all other tobacco products, thus ...

Hookah lounge possible
Manteca Bulletin - March 21, 2014

It's a place for the communal smoking of flavored tobacco that is typically soaked in fruit shavings such as apples, grapes, and strawberries that's called shisba.

San Mateo County flirts with the idea of banning smoking inside ...
San Jose Mercury News-by Bonnie Eslinger - March 20, 2014

The ordinance also would ban smoking in common areas of those buildings, including hallways, paths, lobbies, courtyards, elevators, stairs, community rooms, ...

Milpitas council extends smoking ban to e-cigarettes
Milpitas Post - March 20, 2014

Milpitas council extends smoking ban to e-cigarettes ... Still, resident Robert Marini, who generally approved of banning smoking to those younger than 18, ...

Harrah's changes name, drops Rincon
Valley Roadrunner - March 20, 2014

The casino includes more than 10,703 square-feet of non-smoking gaming space and the resort offers 891 non-smoking suites and hotel rooms. Harrah's Resort ...

LA Community College District Bans E-Cigarettes
EGP News - March 20, 2014

The district's non-smoking policy, which was amended to apply to “comparable, personal, vapor-generating devices,” went into effect immediately following the ...

Proposed California bill, SB 1262, would ban marijuana ...
Daily Digest - March 20, 2014

Related products, including waxes and oils, are often used with pen vaporizers that have a very similar appearance to ordinary e-cigarettes. Tim Cromartie ...

Cops Take on 'Urban Travelers'
Santa Barbara Independent - March 20, 2014

Others have suggested that police issue citations to travelers who violate city ordinances banning smoking within 20 feet of an outdoor dining establishment or ...

Marin Voice: Others should follow CVS
Marin Independent Journal - March 19, 2014

CVS announces it will ban sales of cigarettes at its stores. ... WE APPLAUD CVS Pharmacy's leadership in banning tobacco sales from its 7,600 stores by Oct. 1. ... pushing tobacco products to make your customers sick and pushing smoking ... We still must advocate for legislation that bans tobacco sales at U.S. pharmacies.

San Francisco Supervisors Vote To Ban E-Cigarettes
SFist - March 19, 2014

Supervisor Eric Mar, who previously snuffed out fun by banning Happy Meals, ... Under Mar's bill, e-cigs and vaporizers will be banned from most public places ... their right to smoke flavored nicotine vapor pretty much anywhere they'd like.

San Francisco Is The Latest City To Restrict E-Cigarettes Under Anti ...
Huffington Post - March 19, 2014

“The ordinance would allow smoking e-cigarettes in the same places that cigarettes are allowed; prohibit them where cigarettes are prohibited; prohibit the sale ...

Electronic cigarettes added to Sunnyvale's smoking ban
San Jose Mercury News - March 19, 2014

The council declined a smoking ban in all outdoor dining areas. ... Council members directed staff to further study the effect of banning smoking near retail and ...

San Francisco approves e-cigarette regulations
Fresno Bee - March 19, 2014

San Francisco is banning the use of electronic cigarettes at bars, restaurants and businesses. The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( ) that the city's Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to treat electronic cigarettes like regular, combustible cigarettes. In addition to prohibiting their use in most public places, that means sellers will have to secure a special permit and electronic cigarettes can't be sold at pharmacies and other businesses where tobacco sales are banned

E-cigarettes to become illegal in San Francisco restaurants and bars
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) - March 19, 2014

Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban e-cigarettes in San Francisco bars and restaurants (and other public places), essentially deciding to treat vaporizers like their fiery, smoky counterparts.

Del Mar City Council to consider regulating e-cigarette use
Del Mar Times - March 19, 2014

Days after neighboring Solana Beach officially adopted an ordinance that bans the use of electronic cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited, the Del Mar City Council requested staff to draft a similar ordinance. The item, which was approved 5-0, was included on the councils March 17 consent calendar.

SF supes vote for same smoking laws for e-cigarettes
San Francisco Chronicle - March 19, 2014

Smoking electronic cigarettes in bars, restaurants and businesses will soon be illegal in San Francisco, after the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to treat the relatively new product like combustible cigarettes. The legislation by Supervisor Eric Mar is intended to limit children's use of the nicotine product, which he and other supporters contend has been marketed heavily toward young people, and to protect all members of the public from the secondhand aerosol emitted by the devices, he said.

Council approves final item for development
Santa Maria Times - March 19, 2014

In other business, the City Council officially approved an ordinance that includes e-cigarettes, or vapes, in its definition of smoking, making it one of the first cities between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara to do so. The council voted for the measure at its first reading March 4.

San Francisco Supervisors Approve Legislation to Restrict E-Cigarette Use, Sales
NBC Bay Area - March 18, 2014

The practice of smoking electronic cigarettes without any restrictions may soon end in San Francisco under an ordinance unanimously approved by the city's board of supervisors on Tuesday.

So Long E-Cigs: Supes Approve Plan To Ban Devices Anywhere Traditional Cigarettes Are Prohibited
The San Francisco Appeal - March 18, 2014

The practice of smoking electronic cigarettes without any restrictions may soon end in San Francisco under an ordinance unanimously approved by the citys board of supervisors this afternoon

What do zombies, body snatchers, and the tobacco industry have in common?
UC Berkeley (blog) - March 18, 2014

Answer: Everything they are one in the same! I recently spoke to my daughters 7th grade science class on the dangers of smoking cigarettes and electronic cigarettes. Of course, I had to come up with a metaphor that would capture their attention and tell a story ZOMBIES! We can all imagine zombies trying to get into our home which we have fortified to protect us from the walking dead. The zombies are the tobacco industry. The fortified home is legislation to protect us from getting bitten and becoming one of them nicotine addicted walking dead. However, now the zombies have become body snatchers. They look normal like us, but their nicotine bite is just as addictive. The body snatchers are the tobacco industry peddling e-cigarettes.

NASCAR WEEKEND: What you need to know
San Bernardino Sun - March 18, 2014

There is a non-smoking policy as passed by San Bernardino County (Ordinance 31.0215). Auto Club Speedway offers clearly marked smoking areas away ...

Mammoth Town Council: water, pay raise, and e-smokes
Sierra Wave - March 18, 2014

Another item is back that started at the last meeting regulation of e-cigarettes. Before the Council is an amended ordinance that includes e-cigarettes in the Towns already existing tobacco regulations.

E-Cigs to Be Restricted at Los Angeles Harbor College - March 18, 2014

E-cigarettes will be allowed in just a few places at Los Angeles Harbor College. Patch file ... "No one should be forced to breathe the vapor e-cigarettes emit.

E-Cigs to Be Restricted at West Los Angeles College - March 18, 2014

Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District voted unanimously to restrict the activity, referred to as "vaping," the same way they do tobacco smoking on campus.

How they voted: City council, school board actions
U-T San Diego - March 17, 2014

The Solana Beach City Council on Wednesday continued to May 14 a hearing on a permit for a wireless cell tower at 305 S. Highway 101; conducted a hearing on and approved the Housing Element Progress Report; and held a second reading of and adopted an ordinance to ban e-cigarettes in public places.

Rancho Cordova Bans New Hookah Lounges While Reviewing E-Cig Plan [VIDEO]
CBS Local - March 17, 2014

The city of Rancho Cordova has voted to ban new hookah lounges in the city while the city reviews smoking ordinances. As e-cigarettes become more popular, cities are looking to rewrite their smoking regulations. In Rancho Cordovas case, hookah lounges could be part of those new rules.

What you need to know about Auto Club 400
San Gabriel Valley Tribune - March 17, 2014

There is a non-smoking policy as passed by San Bernardino County (Ordinance 31.0215). Auto Club Speedway offers clearly marked smoking areas away ...

E-cigarettes safe; no need for SF to ban them
San Francisco Chronicle - March 17, 2014

There's a new product on the market that offers a chance to find a workable middle ground in America's smoking debate. Called vapes, electronic cigarettes or ...

Council takes a look at e-cigs
Santa Monica Daily Press - March 16, 2014

Concerned that kids will pick up the unhealthy habit of smoking cigarettes, Councilman Bob Holbrook wants to restrict the use of the electronic version. Holbrook will ask his colleagues on the dais Tuesday to take a closer look at bans on vaping in cities like Los Angeles and New York to see if there is enough research on the health impacts of electronic cigarettes to add them to Santa Monicas comprehensive smoking restrictions, which prohibit smoking tobacco at local beaches, parks, the Third Street Promenade, restaurant patios and even inside apartments.

inFocus: This Week at The Beach (3/9-3/15) ($$)
Daily 49er (blog) - March 16, 2014

The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously to categorize electronic cigarettes with tobacco products, thereby restricting the use of e-cigarettes to ...

E-cigarettes banned at San Diego County Fair
Coast News - March 16, 2014

DEL MAR Electronic cigarettes and other similar devices will not be allowed at the upcoming San Diego County Fair, which begins June 7, after the governing ...

Lynn Lauridsen: Companies working to hook kids on tobacco
Santa Cruz Sentinel - March 15, 2014

A recent front-page article detailed the launch of the statewide Healthy Retailers for a Healthy Community campaign with its goal of cutting down the sale of unhealthy products. Since federal law banned the sale of single cigarettes, tobacco companies began a focus on small cigars, or cigarillos. Cigarillos are sold as singles, often for less than a $1. Wrapped in colorful packaging, cigarillos come in flavors such as grape, chocolate and pi?olada. Also gaining popularity with youth are electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes or hookah pens). Thirty-four percent of tobacco-selling stores in Santa Cruz also sell electronic nicotine delivery devices. Like cigarillos, ENDD products come in many flavors and are heavily marketed to youth. Use among youth is rapidly on the rise with the likelihood of kids transitioning to traditional tobacco to feed their nicotine addiction.

El Cajon Council Asks Staff to Regulate E-Cigarettes and Hookah
East County Magazine - March 15, 2014

By a 4-1 vote, El Cajons City Council voted to add electronic cigarettes to the citys tobacco ordinance. The measure will also regulate hookahs. Only Mayor Bill Wells voted against the measure, calling it government overreach. The proposed regulations will next go before the citys planning commission, after which the Council will hold a public hearing.

Sonoma eyes smoking ban on Plaza
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - March 14, 2014

The city of Sonoma is considering a smoking ban on the historic Plaza. ... its efforts to restrict secondhand smoke, Sonoma is considering banning smoking in its ...

Solana Beach City Council to consider requiring retailers of ...
Del Mar Times - March 14, 2014

After officially adopting an ordinance that bans the use of electronic cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited, the Solana Beach City Council on March 13 ..

Long Beach Bans Vaping in E-Cig Stores, Making it Most Anti-E-Cig ...
OC Weekly (blog)-by LP Hastings - March 14, 2014

In early February, Los Angeles banned the public use of e-cigs. Last week, Long Beach city council took those regulations even further and decided that no ...

Marin CVS stops sales of tobacco
Novato Advance - March 13, 2014

The rate of reduction in smoking prevalence has stalled in the past decade. ... The association explicitly stated that the ban should apply to all ... Calls for banning tobacco sales in pharmacies have also come from the American ... led by San Francisco and Boston, have banned the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.

E-cigarettes: How should they be regulated? Local experts say ...
Times-Standard - March 13, 2014

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that simulate tobacco smoking ... their city ordinances to treat e-cigarettes like commercial cigarettes, Moerner said. ... and can't be used anywhere where there's already a smoking ordinance in place.

Santa Maria reins in e-cigs
Santa Maria Sun - March 13, 2014

Cigars, cigarillos, and electronic cigarettes in mint, chocolate, and gummy bear flavors hang out next to Snickers bars, Sour Patch Kids, and Altoids at the front ...

King of the Vapes: Kevin Drake
OC Weekly-by LP Hastings - March 13, 2014

He's the owner of e-liquid company Drake's Vapes, but the thin, 34-year-old with bright blue eyes doesn't resemble a bro blowing obnoxious plumes of smoke in ...

Happy Wanderer: San Mateo County's coast offers trip back in time
Oakland Tribune - March 12, 2014

And you can smoke in a double-decker English bus. ... are two bright red double-decker buses, which Palmer set aside for smoking when it was banned indoors.

Davis City Council discusses impact of e-cigarettes [VIDEO]
KCRA Sacramento - March 12, 2014

As electronic cigarettes become more popular, cities across California are clamping down on their use in public. The Davis City Council discussed the issue at its meeting Tuesday night.
Restaurants like Bistro 33 banned e-cigarettes as soon as they started becoming popular. What little smell they do have, we still get complaints about it, so wed rather not have it in general, bartender Matt Padilla said. So far, research on the health impact of e-cigarettes has been inconclusive. Another concern is enforcement," said Kelly Stachowicz, the deputy city manager of Davis. "E-cigarettes are made to look like and replicate conventional cigarettes." Depending on the nature of a ban if the city decides to move forward enforcement could be similar to smoking, with mainly restaurants and businesses cracking down.

Cerritos council to consider ban on e-cigarettes use at city facilities
Long Beach Press-Telegram - March 12, 2014

The use of electronic cigarettes in all city-owned or operated facilities might be prohibited by May. Council members will consider an ordinance on Thursday that would ban the use of e-cigarettes in public areas, such as parks and the Civic Center grounds.

E-cigarette use increasingly snuffed out
U-T San Diego - March 12, 2014

Government agencies are increasingly snuffing out vaping or puffing on electronic cigarettes in public spaces. On Tuesday, the Del Mar Fairgrounds board and the El Cajon City Council approved restricting their use. Solana Beach, Vista, Carlsbad, Poway, La Mesa, Encinitas and Lemon Grove also have or are set to include e-cigs in their smoking-control ordinances.

Fair board bans e-cigs, hears from opponents of elephant rides
Del Mar Times - March 12, 2014

Dont plan on firing up an e-cigarette after downing a cinnamon roll, deep-fried Twinkie or slice of chocolate-covered bacon at this years San Diego County Fair. The board that oversees the state-owned fairgrounds voted unanimously at its meeting on Tuesday, March 11, to ban the use of e-cigarettes and other similar devices during the San Diego County Fair. Last year, the 22nd District Agricultural Association board outlawed smoking tobacco cigarettes during the fair.
About 10 people spoke in favor of the e-cigarette ban at Tuesdays meeting, and there were no speakers against the action. I just encourage the board to seriously consider banning e-cigs, said Ray McEdward, who said his asthma is aggravated by the vapor from the electronic devices. Theyre not the harmless items everyone thinks they are.

County moves to regulate e-smoking devices - March 12, 2014

SAN DIEGO The Board of Supervisors today took two actions intended to limit the use of electronic-smoking devices.

Seal Beach council restricts new smoke, e-cigarette shops
OCRegister - March 11, 2014

SEAL BEACH New smoke shops, including places that sell electronic cigarettes, will only be able to operate in commercial zones under an ordinance approved Monday. The City Council voted unanimously to update the citys zoning code and implement the restrictions.

East County Magazine - March 11, 2014

March 11, 2014 (San Diego) Citing health concerns, Supervisors today voted 3-1 to regulate electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. In addition, a proposal to ban these devices in all County buildings will be brought before the Council in May. Supervisor Bill Horn voted against the measure and Supervisor Ron Roberts was absent.

El Cajon regulates use, sales of e-cigarettes
U-T San Diego - March 11, 2014

EL CAJON While not snuffed out entirely, e-cigarettes took a hit at Tuesday's El Cajon City Council meeting when the council voted 4-1 to amend the Municipal Code so that regulations about usage and sale of the devices are the same as those that apply to tobacco and smoking. Additionally, a license to sell vapor products will now be required, as is currently the case with tobacco. Businesses that primarily sell electronic/vapor inhalation products also will need a conditional use permit, a requirement that now applies to smoke shops. Minors are prohibited from buying and using e-cigarettes and similar products.

E-cigarettes may be 'toxic,' UCR researchers say
Highlander Newspaper - March 11, 2014

UCR professor of cell biology Dr. Prue Talbot and her team discovered the chemicals used to refill electronic vapor cigarettes (e-cigarettes) may be more harmful than tobacco cigarettes. Her team discovered that electronic vapor requires a consumer to take deeper breaths which may potentially draw in harmful chemicals to fragile parts of the lungs, as opposed to a tobacco cigarette that burns on the other end, allowing the consumer less inhalation. Our earlier studies with electronic cigarette refill fluids showed that some of these products were toxic to both mouse neural stem cells, (and) human embryonic stem cells as well as to adult lung cells, she said in a UC press release

Can people smoke e-cigarettes on base?
Ventura County Star - March 11, 2014

Question: I have noticed the rise in popularity of electronic cigarettes around the base. Is there an instruction or policy that describes the specifics on where people can use them on base? Answer: Thank you for allowing me to address what is an area of great interest. We do not have an instruction specific to Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) because higher-level instructions are clear. Tobacco use inside facilities controlled by the Department of the Navy is prohibited by SECNAVINST 5100.13E, Navy and Marine Corps Tobacco Policy. There are a few exceptions, such as personal housing units. The Food and Drug Administration classifies e-cigarettes as tobacco products, and as such they fall under this restriction.

Davis Takes Up E-Cigarettes at City Council Meeting
KFBK - March 11, 2014

They are touted as a way to quit smoking, but cities are showing no love for the e-cigarette. As sales of e-cigarettes are skyrocketing, cities are looking to expand ... According to the Sacramento Bee, Rancho Cordova is the latest city to label them as cigarettes and ban them accordingly from indoor, public places and so on. Roseville and Folsom are also looking at implementing the same types of bans and Davis will take up the issue of e-cigarettes at their city council meeting tonight.

LA City Council: Is the War Against E-Cigs About Lost of Tax ...
City Watch - March 11, 2014

Although electronic smoking devices are no more cigarettes than strollers are bicycles, the City of Los Angeles is moving to reclassify vaporizers as tobacco products that cannot be used indoors, at restaurants or in public parks. Mayor Eric Garcetti now has ten days to decide whether a product that contains no tobacco whatsoever should be regulated as a tobacco product.

Dr. Jandial: Unknown Science of E-Cigarettes [VIDEO]
KTLA-TV (Los Angeles, CA) - March 11, 2014

Surgeon and scientist Dr. Rahul Jandial joined us live to talk about the debate over the potential dangers of electronic cigarettes. Los Angeles recently joined a growing list of cities that have banned electronic cigarettes in most public places

Is Santa Monica next to rein in e-cigs?
Santa Monica Daily Press - March 10, 2014

That's a fraction of the tobacco cigarette market roughly $100 billion per year but ... kids and believe they will encourage them to pick up tobacco cigarettes at some point. ... In liquor stores adults can purchase alcohol with cherry flavoring.

Berkeley City Council explores restriction of flavored tobacco sales near schools
Daily Californian - March 10, 2014

Following a proposal approved by Berkeley City Council last month, the city of Berkeley is looking into the possibility of restricting the sale of flavored tobacco near schools. At its Feb. 25 meeting, the council unanimously passed a recommendation that asks city staff to explore creating a 500-foot radius from schools in which stores would be banned from selling flavored tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigarillos and cigar wraps.

Bitcoin is beyond understanding, but e-cigs might be worth a try
Los Angeles Times - March 10, 2014

I feel out of the cultural loop these days, as I try to follow the news. I can't wrap my mind around bitcoins and I'm not sure what an e-cig is.

Devil's Advocate: Why there shouldn't be a ban on e-cigarettes
The Daily Titan - March 10, 2014

Last week, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to ban vaping anywhere that smoking is banned. This means e-cigarettes, including vaporizer pens, will not be allowed in bars, clubs, beaches, parks, restaurants and other places where smoking is prohibited.

Devil's Advocate: Los Angeles ban on vaporizers in public places protects children from the temptation
The Daily Titan - March 10, 2014

Over the past few years, the popularity of the e-cigarette, or vaporizer, has grown dramatically. E-cigarettes have been advertised and thought of as a less harmful alternative to traditional smoking. However, growing concerns about this popular trend have arisen among the most popular cities in America, including New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Bill Murray's champagne hangover hack; LA e-cig ban upsets secret weed smokers
The Oregonian - March 10, 2014

Cotton Candy smoke: The recent ban on nicotine vaporizers in Los Angeles restaurants and bars has ticked off an unexpected demographic: folks who use e-cigs to secretly smoke weed in public. (LA Weekly)

E-cigarettes face restrictions as cities update smoking ordinances
Sacramento Bee - March 10, 2014

Electronic cigarettes, touted as a smokeless alternative to regular cigarettes, are coming under increased scrutiny as cities and counties consider applying the same restrictions to e-cigarettes as to their tobacco counterparts. At a workshop last week, the Rancho Cordova City Council was unanimous in directing staff members to treat e-cigarettes like regular cigarettes as they draft amendments to city code sections governing smoking.

Lighting up debate on e-smoking
Lompoc Record March 9, 2014

When it comes to electronic cigarettes, and where people can smoke 'em, the Santa Maria City Council may have stepped one toke over the line. Santa Maria isn't the first city to ban the electronic smokes, and it won't be the last. ... so eliminating them greatly reduces the risk of smoking-related cancers.

Statewide survey: flavored alcohol and tobacco marketed to kids
San Ramon Express - March 9, 2014

Public health agencies throughout the Bay Area and the state have unveiled a new campaign based on the idea that people are only as healthy as the offerings at their nearest store. Health advocates hope the findings reveal how easy it is for kids to find flavored tobacco, alcohol and junk food at their neighborhood stores.

Council to include e-cigarettes in tobacco restrictions
Sierra Wave - March 9, 2014

What sounded like a good thing at first, has turned into a warning from health officials. Electronic or e-cigarettes are now thought to actually encourage smoking instead of help to stop the habit. The Town of Mammoth joined with many other cities in a vote to include e-cigarettes in the Towns tobacco restriction ordinance. Where you cant smoke, you cant smoke e-cigarettes either.

Seal Beach council may restrict e-cigarette, smoke shops
OCRegister - March 9, 2014

The City Council on Monday will consider restricting where new e-cigarette businesses and smoke shops can be located.

East County Magazine - March 9, 2014

In addition, Supervisors will also be discussing possible regulation of e-cigarettes. El Cajons City Council on Tuesday will hear a staff report and comments from the public on regulating electronic cigarettes and hookahs. The Council is expected to then direct the City manager to prepare amendments to broaden the Citys tobacco definition to allow regulation of these items, as well as a cost recovery program for licensing inspections of tobacco and smoke shops.

Yolo County enters debate over e-cigarettes with Davis addressing possible ban
Daily Democrat March 9, 2014

Yolo County officials are among many throughout the state warning about electronic cigarettes, especially their marketing to kids. But others may wonder why the devices are being regulated. So far, there are minimal rules prohibiting e-cigarette use in Yolo County -- UC Davis bans them, as do others in the University of California system -- but that could soon change. The Davis council will be the first city to address e-cigarettes at its meeting Tuesday. If the council decides to move forward, the city's current ban on tobacco use in public places could include e-cigs. One of the reasons why Davis is considering this issue is there is "confusion about where smoking is allowed/prohibited" since currently e-cigarettes can be used where traditional cigarettes cannot, according to the council's agenda. The devices create a nicotine vapor that's inhaled although some have no nicotine. Confusion about where e-cigs can be used may also lead to Yolo County soon prohibiting use of the vapor devices in county buildings, according to Steve Jensen, coordinator for the Tobacco Education Program...

Tipoff: Was LA too much for Villaraigosa?
Los Angeles Daily News-by Rick Orlov - March 9, 2014

Councilman Mike Bonin noted he was once a two-pack-a-day smoker but gave up the habit some 20 years ago. He urged the council to explore some exemptions to the e-cig regulations. The question comes down to if someone is vaping, how does that affect me, Bonin said. The problem here is we are trying to prove a negative.

Cigarillos, alcopops marketed to area youth, health officials say
Martinez News-Gazette - March 8, 2014

... County sell non-cigarette tobacco products with youth-friendly flavors like watermelon, ... The candy flavoring makes the tobacco more palatable to a new smoker, and the ... Students also spoke about the overwhelming effects of advertising of the ... The findings also show that electronic cigarettes are widely available in ...

Good week for Chevron, bad week for e-cigarettes
San Francisco Chronicle March 8, 2014

San Francisco might soon follow suit with proposed restrictions that treat e-cigs the same as tobacco.

Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association Sponsors IMPROOF Movement Presentation "Save Vape LA" Rally at Pershing Square in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 8 at 1:30 PM Featuring Herbert Gilbert, Inventor of the Electronic Cigarette
E-Cigarette Supporters and Civil Libertarians Rally to Preserve the Right to Vape in Los Angeles
EIN News (press release) - March 8, 2014

In response to the Los Angeles City Council's decision to ban vaping in public places, the Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) will sponsor the Save Vape LA rally presented by the IMPROOF Movement. The rally will provide an opportunity for the community to support the right to use personal electronic vaporizing units (PEVUs) in public places throughout the City of Los Angeles. The event will include free t-shirts, keynote speakers and an opportunity to give a #IMPROOF testimonial at the media wall. ...

Now That Vaping Has Been Banned, Some Aren't Too Happy
LA Weekly - March 7, 2014

Now I'm gonna have to go back to smoking bowls in the alley outside the bar." ... He feels like the ban is a good idea, because he gets the impression vaping is ...

Letters: LA's curbs on e-cigarettes
Los Angeles Times - March 7, 2014

It's good that the council voted to treat e-cigarettes just like tobacco, but Los Angeles remains far behind other cities in protecting nonsmoking apartment renters ...

San Francisco Poised to Severely Restrict E-Cigarettes
KQED (blog) - March 7, 2014

“The VA Medical Center recommended I try e-cigarettes to stop smoking,” Michael Barger said during public ... Long Beach then passed a stricter ordinance, also banning shops and “vaping” lounges. Richmond passed a ban in December. ...

City staff proposes smoking ordinance in designated areas
Patterson Irrigator-by Nick Rappley - March 5, 2014

A heated eight month debate over how to regulate smoking in parks seemingly reached an ... 26 at a Town Hall meeting on the proposed smoking ban in parks.

The 2014 Session Of The California Legislature
Mondaq News Alerts (registration) - March 7, 2014

Under state law, the sale of e-cigarettes to minors has been prohibited since ... there are at least two bills addressing the statewide use of e-cigarettes in the ...

Banning begins to attract downtown businesses
The Record Gazette - March 7, 2014

...Banning, being a long ways from Fullerton, was a prime location for the e-cigarette retailer, because “From Palm Springs to Yucaipa, there's no one else” selling ...

Study faults marketing near schools
Fresno Business Journal - March 7, 2014

E-cigarettes are also of concern. Products ... Also in Fresno County, 86 percent of surveyed stores sell flavored tobacco products and are located near schools.

Save LA Vape Rally
SFATA (Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association) - March 6, 2014

E-Cigarette Advertising May Go Up in Smoke
Consumer Eagle - March 6, 2014

Alarmed by a booming e-cigarette industry and its bold marketing practices, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) last week proposed S. 2047, the “Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act,” a bill that would curb advertising of the product, especially to teens and young adults. ... That distinction has also allowed electronic cigarettes not to be classified with tobacco cigarettes for regulatory purposes, said Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights. ... “It’s creating a new generation addicted to nicotine, because electronic cigarettes are designed to be appealing to youth and young adults,” Hallett said. The solution is to extend the tobacco cigarette restrictions to electronic cigarettes, she said. “Electronic cigarettes contain nicotine,” Hallett said. “They look like cigarettes and should be treated just like tobacco cigarettes. They are electronic cigarettes.”...

Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (UCSF) - March 6, 2014

It is the intent of the City Council, in enacting this Chapter, to encourage responsible tobacco retailing and to discourage violations of tobacco-related laws, especially those which prohibit or discourage the sale or distribution of tobacco and nicotine...

LA City Council showboats on e-cigarettes — the wrong target ...
Los Angeles Daily News - March 6, 2014

The Food & Drug Administration has yet to determine whether e-cigarettes, the smoking cessation devices, are effective, dangerous or a little bit of each. But the ...

Los Angeles City Council Votes to Treat Much-Safer E-Cigarettes ...
Somewhat Reasonable - Heartland Institute (blog) - March 6, 2014

The science is very well developed on the dangers of smoking [tobacco ... “This ban will be directly responsible for some former smokers going back to smoking ...

New Ban Means E-Cigarettes Should Go Up in Smoke in LA
Newswise (press release) - March 6, 2014

“E-cigarettes have rapidly grown in popularity, yet there is much left to learn about their potential health impact and potential utility as a way to help smokers quit ...

Los Angeles Follows Trend, Bans E-Cigs
Counsel & Heal - March 6, 2014

Los Angeles' decision follows the popular nationwide trend of banning e-cigarettes from ... So far, Boston and Chicago have also decided to make smoking an ...

As for smoke-free shopping
Chico News & Review - March 6, 2014

A recent survey of local businesses found that many grocery stores are not in compliance with the city's smoke-free entryways law. In fall of 2012, the Chico City ...

E-cigarettes will face increased regulations
Daily Trojan Online - March 6, 2014

Former and non-smokers alike, however, have found solace in e-cigarettes, ... to treat e-cigarettes like regular cigarettes — essentially banning their use in parks, ... “I don't see a good reason as to why this would be banned from public areas ... five states already include e-cigarettes in their anti-smoking bans, and New York ...

Backlash to LA's E-Cig Ban - March 5, 2014

“Regarding banning the use of vapor products, R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. believes ... should be allowed to use the product in places where smoking is banned.” While Smith said Reynolds would support bans in schools and childcare facilities, ...

Los Angeles To Restrict E-Cigarette Use
Here And Now - March 5, 2014

Main reason government doesn't like e-cigs is that they haven't figured out ... I've been tobacco free since 1/10/14 and could not have done it without my e-cigs.

E-cigarette sales higher in Lake County than state
Lake County Record-Bee - March 5, 2014

LAKEPORT -- New data reveals that Lake County ranks higher than the state in percentage of stores that sell e-cigarettes. The finding is part of new data ...

Unhealthy Marketing To Kids - March 5, 2014

Forty percent of stores in Tuolumne County reported sell e-cigarettes and 90% of stores selling tobacco also sell chewing tobacco. The survey found that in ...

Public health officials express alarm over the sale of tobacco, e ...
Merced Sun-Star - March 5, 2014

Also alarming public health officials is the finding that e-cigarettes are widely available in Sacramento County retail outlets. More than 62 percent of the stores ...

Mammoth Town Council: MLTC salaries, e-cigs, and crime trends
Sierra Wave - March 5, 2014

...The salary for a Mammoth Town Council member equals $300 per month and has since the Town incorporated in 1984. In a report from the Town ...

Los Angeles Supports Ban on E-Cigarettes in Night Clubs ...
Franchise Herald - March 5, 2014

The Los Angeles City Council approved of a new ban on electronic cigarettes, ... Councilman Joe Buscaino spoke of a relative who, after years of smoking, ...

LA Bans E-Cigarette Use In Public Places, Following Nationwide ...
Huffington Post - March 5, 2014

The ban is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Eric Garcetti in a few days ... The 62-year-old councilman admitted that he had started smoking when he was ...

Will San Francisco's E-Cigarette Ban Extend To Marijuana Vaporizers?
San Francisco Weekly - March 5, 2014

With strict rules on cigarette smoking at ATMs and in front of bars, San Francisco is not a tobacco town -- but marijuana is getting special treatment at City Hall. San Francisco lawmakers are taking care to protect the rights of cannabis consumers, so

70% of LA area stores market junk food, tobacco and alcohol, survey says
Los Angeles Times - March 5, 2014

Public health officials Wednesday called a new survey that found 70% of stores in Los Angeles County market tobacco, alcohol and junk food to consumers troubling, especially given that many neighborhoods lack alternatives to make healthier choices. Mean

Survey finds e-cigarettes, tobacco products easily available to kids in Yolo County stores
Woodland (CA) Daily Democrat - March 5, 2014

Yolo County has more stores selling flavored tobacco products than other areas in the state, and more of these stores are near schools. These findings are part of a statewide survey on the availability and marketing of tobacco, alcohol and both unhealthy...

LA City Council Votes To Ban Use Of E-Cigarettes In Public Places
The Consumerist - March 5, 2014

L.A.'s City Council voted yesterday to ban the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping in public places like restaurants, bars, nightclubs and elsewhere, after mulling over ...

E-Cigarette Ban: Los Angeles Moves to Prohibit Vapor Device - March 5, 2014

E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, are battery-powered, tobacco-free devices that allow users to inhale vapor produced from a heated, flavored nicotine juice ...

E-cigarette ban for Los Angeles
BBC News - March 5, 2014

Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in the city's restaurants, bars, nightclubs and public spaces.

Debate over new e-cigarette restrictions gets personal at LA City Hall [VIDEO]
Los Angeles Times - March 5, 2014

Frustrated by the lack of federal data on electronic cigarettes, the debate among Los Angeles City Council members Tuesday over whether to restrict their use quickly turned personal. Members of the council -- which ultimately voted to treat e-cigarettes just the same as regular cigarettes, banning their use in parks, restaurants and most workplaces -- recounted their own experiences and struggles with smoking, adding to a passionate debate at the hearing. Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, who pushed for the new restrictions, recalled his days breathing secondhand smoke as a waiter in a downtown restaurant. Martinez, who sided with O'Farrell, described her husband's unsuccessful battle to quit smoking. Five states and the District of Columbia have already included e-cigarettes in anti-smoking bans or moved to restrict where they can be used. Last year, New York City passed an ordinance applying traditional anti-smoking rules to e-cigarettes and Chicago recently moved to prohibit vaping in bars, restaurants and most indoor public places.

LA Now Live: Discuss new e-cigarette restrictions enacted in LA
Los Angeles Times - March 5, 2014

Join Times staff writer David Zahniser for a L.A. Now Live discussion at 1 p.m. today on the decision by city officials to treat e-cigarettes the same as regular cigarettes and ban their use in parks, restaurants and most workplaces.

Cities Take The Lead In Regulating Electronic Cigarettes
WMKY - March 5, 2014

Count Los Angeles as the latest big city to say no to electronic cigarettes. The City Council there voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban use of the devices, which release vaporized nicotine, in almost all public places, including bars, workplaces and beaches. If the mayor signs the ordinance, L.A. will follow New York and Chicago in restricting use of e-cigs, much as they do old-fashioned, smoke-producing cigarettes. San Francisco is considering a ban, too.

Los Angeles bans e-cigarettes in most public places [VIDEO]
CBS News - March 5, 2014

The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to ban electronic cigarettes, or "vaping," from most public areas, in line with the restrictions already in place on other tobacco products. "Although we believe the final decision was made in the absence of credible science, it was a more reasonable and sensible approach than the original proposal," the company said. "NJOY remains concerned, however, that banning e-cigarette use in public places could deter current tobacco smokers from using the products and thus disserves public health."

Los Angeles Bans Public Use of E-Cigarettes
Convenience Store Decisions - March 5, 2014

The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday, March 4, to ban the use of electronic cigarettes from restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other public, Reuters ...

E-cigarettes banned in public places in Los Angeles
Fox 28 - March 5, 2014

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban electronic cigarettes in some areas of the city. The unanimous vote made Tuesday changes city code to include ...

LA Bans E-Cigarettes In Public Places
The Inquisitr - March 5, 2014

Electronic cigarettes are not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration. According to the FDA, potential health hazards have not been fully studied.

Los Angeles Oks workplace ban on e-cigarette use
KRNV My News 4 - March 5, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles City Council has moved to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in workplaces and public areas. City News Service says ...

LA E-Cigarette Ban in Bars, Clubs Burns Some
LA Weekly - March 5, 2014

Following the L.A. City Council's decision yesterday to ban e-cigarettes at the same places where smoking is prohibited, including, clubs, bars and restaurants (not to mention parks, beaches, markets and many office buildings), some nightlife denizens are outraged.

Is the War Against E-Cigs About Loss of Tax Revenue?
Fox and Hounds Daily - March 5, 2014

Although electronic smoking devices are no more cigarettes than strollers are bicycles, the City of Los Angeles is moving to reclassify vaporizers as tobacco products that cannot be used indoors, at restaurants or in public parks. Mayor Eric Garcetti now has ten days to decide whether a product that contains no tobacco whatsoever should be regulated as a tobacco product.

L.A. City Council Approves Ban to All But Snuff Out E-Cigarettes
Slate Magazine (blog) - March 5, 2014

If the Los Angeles City Council gets its way, e-cigarettes will be banned from restaurants, bars, workplaces, parks, beaches and other public spaces. If signed ...

City Council extends smoking regulations to e-cigarettes
Santa Maria Times - March 5, 2014

The Santa Maria City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday to include e-cigarettes, or vapes, in its public smoking ban. The vote was unanimous and makes Santa Maria the second city between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara to explicitly define e-cigarettes in the same way as regular ones.

Los Angeles Extends Smoking Ban to E-Cigs
TIME (blog) - March 5, 2014

Los Angeles has become the the third major U.S. city, after New York and Chicago, to ban e-cigarettes from public spaces.

Foster City explores expanded smoking regulations
San Francisco Examiner - March 5, 2014

Foster City leaders are working to draft a new ordinance in the weeks ahead to broaden the definition of smoking and further restrict the places where lighting up is permitted. At a recent study session requested by the City Council, Foster City residents voiced concerns ranging from the negative effects of secondhand smoke to the impact legislation might have on personal liberties and private businesses in the area. Under the expanded initiative, all outdoor public places will likely be designated nonsmoking, as will a number of quasi-public outdoor spaces such as parking lots and sidewalks, including those in front of single-family homes and within privately owned, multiunit residential complexes. Electronic cigarettes and hookahs would be added to an expanded definition of smoking, which currently includes "any lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, weed, plant or other combustible substance."

Los Angeles City Council Votes to Treat Much-Safer E-Cigarettes Just Like Dangerous Tobacco Cigarettes
National Center for Public Policy Research - March 5, 2014

Los Angeles, CA / Washington, D.C. - In a closer vote than expected, the Los Angeles City Council today voted not to carve out an exception for bars in that city's new ban on public vaping (the use of e-cigarettes, which emit smokeless vapor). National Center for Public Policy Research Risk Analysis Director Jeff Stier testified at the hearing, encouraging the council members not to vote to ban all public vaping in Los Angeles, including in bars, where children are banned.

Treat e-cigarettes just like the real kind
San Francisco Chronicle - March 4, 2014

Outrageous as such a slogan may sound, today we may be facing a similar situation with e-cigarettes, the latest incarnation of "nicotine sticks" to hit the market.

LA bans e-cigarettes in parks, restaurants and workplaces
Los Angeles Times - March 4, 2014

E-cigarettes have been promoted as a safer alternative to cancer-causing tobacco products that can wean heavy smokers off their habit. But on Tuesday, Los Angeles officials joined a growing list of cities that treat e-cigarettes just the same as regular cigarettes, banning their use in parks, restaurants and most workplaces.

"Vaping" Banned in LA Bars and Restaurants [VIDEO]
MyFox Los Angeles - March 4, 2014

I can see how some feel there's something that smells about the Los Angeles City Council going on the crusade against water vapor. Yes, water vapor infused with nicotine but still, vapor that dissipates faster than you can say "Second-hand smoke." That's just it; it's not smoke. The vapor may be deceiving but it doesn't smell, doesn't stay in the air and hasn't been proven to carry all of the carcinogens that cigarettes do. That's because nothing is burning. Many of the toxins that damage lungs come from the smoke. If nicotine was the issue, the FDA last year would not have said that smokers who are trying to quit can safely use over the counter nicotine gum.

LA Council Passes E-Cig Restrictions
Los Angeles Business Journal - March 4, 2014

The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to ban smoking of electronic cigarettes at all public buildings and restaurants, as well as at parks, playgrounds, ...

LA City Council Unanimously Bans Vaping In Public Places
Forbes - March 4, 2014

As expected, the Los Angeles City Council today voted unanimously to ban vaping everywhere that smoking is banned, including indoor workplaces and outdoor locations such as parks, beaches, and restaurant patios. Although one of the main rationales for the ban is that children might confuse e-cigarettes with the real thing and mistakenly conclude that smoking is not so bad after all, an amendment that would have exempted bars and other establishments that are open only to adults was defeated by a vote of 8 to 6. In a generous concession, the city will allow people to vape in vaping lounges, in e-cigarette stores, and on stage for theatrical purposes....

CANYON LAKE: Council ponders hookah lounge ban
Press-Enterprise - March 4, 2014

There are no commercial smoking dens known as hookah lounges in Canyon Lake and there wont be if the City Council passes a law Wednesday, March 5, prohibiting them. Council members are scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Canyon Lake Municipal Building, 31516 Railroad Canyon Road in the Canyon Lake Town Center. Bonner said that in addition to the threat to the smokers themselves, secondhand smoke, including potential seepage from a hookah lounge into neighboring businesses, threatens nonsmoking residents.

L.A. City Council to vote on measure to restrict e-cigarette 'vaping'
Los Angeles Times March 4, 2014

The L.A. City Council is expected vote Tuesday on a proposal to treat e-cigarettes like conventional cigarettes and prohibit them in nearly every workplace and many outdoor spaces.
Lobbyists for the e-cigarette industry have been pushing back, and want to secure exemptions for establishments where "vaping" -- taking a drag of flavored nicotine vapor from an e-cigarette -- is increasingly popular.

Los Angeles City Council considers restrictions on e-cigarettes
Los Angeles Daily News - March 4, 2014

LOS ANGELES - E-cigarette use -- often called vaping -- would be banned at bars, nightclubs, restaurants and some other public areas under an ordinance to be taken up by the Los Angeles City Council today.

LA City Council To Consider E-Cigarette Restrictions In Public Areas
CBS Local - March 4, 2014

The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday morning will consider an ordinance that would ban E-cigarette use at bars, nightclub, restaurants and other public areas. The ordinance would also restrict the sale and use of the device in smoking clubs to adults 18 and older. While some researchers have found e-cigarettes to be less harmful to smokers' heart function than regular tobacco cigarettes, studies have found the devices to ...

LA City Council to Vote on Public Use of E-Cigarettes
NBC Southern California - March 4, 2014

The City Council has already begun regulating e-cigarettes. In late 2013, the council unanimously approved a measure that regulated the sale of e-cigarettes, ...

LA Poised to Limit $1.5 Billion E-Cigarette Industry
Businessweek - March 4, 2014

Los Angeles is poised to join New York and Chicago in banning the use of electronic cigarettes in workplaces, restaurants and many public areas, threatening the growth of an industry segment that reached $1.5 billion in sales last year.

S.F. Supervisor Eric Mar crafts plan to regulate e-cig use
San Francisco Chronicle - March 4, 2014

Thirty-one years ago, UCSF researcher Stanton Glantz helped push a San Francisco law to curb smoking in the workplace, pioneering legislation that set the stage for some of the strictest antitobacco laws in the nation. Now, he's hoping to expand those laws to electronic cigarettes.

Santa Maria City Council to consider electronic cigarette ban
KSBY San Luis Obispo News - March 4, 2014

The Santa Maria City Council will consider a proposal Tuesday night that bans the use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces.

Los Angeles Looks To Join The Growing List Of Cities Banning Smoking E-Cigarettes Indoors
ThinkProgress - March 4, 2014

The Los Angeles City Council is expected to pass a sweeping electronic cigarette regulation bill on Tuesday that would treat the increasingly popular products like traditional tobacco, banning their use in bars, restaurants, workplaces, and designated public areas.

How they voted: Results from local government meetings
U-T San Diego - March 3, 2014

The Solana Beach City Council on Wednesday approved a conditional use permit for a craft beer bottle shop and tap room at 437 S. Highway 101; introduced an ordinance to include e-cigarettes in the definition of cigarettes so the devices are banned in places where smoking already is prohibited; and set a public hearing date for April 23 to consider a sewer charge increase.

SF considering tough restrictions on E-cigarettes
KTVU San Francisco - March 3, 2014

This common sense ordinance, as proposed, would allow smoking e-cigarettes in the same places that cigarettes are allowed, prohibit them where cigarettes ...

San Francisco Ready To Crack Down on E-Cigarettes
NBC Bay Area - March 3, 2014

San Francisco lawmakers want to crack down on e-cigarettes, and place the near-ubiquitous tobacco vaporizers under the same set of laws that govern ...

SF Supervisor Wants E-Cigarettes Regulated Like Other Tobacco Products [AUDIO]
CBS Local - March 3, 2014

San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar planned to introduce legislation Monday to regulate the use and sale of electronic-cigarettes in the city. The legislation would restrict the sale and use of e-cigarettes in the same way as other tobacco products, such as where they can be smoked and only sold to those 18 and over...

Supervisors propose regulations on electronic cigarettes
San Francisco Examiner - March 3, 2014

San Francisco supervisors plan to announce legislation this morning to regulate electronic cigarettes, increasingly popular particularly among teenagers, in the same way that The City regulates tobacco. The proposed ordinance, sponsored by Supervisor Eric Mar and co-authored by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and Supervisor John Avalos, would amend The Citys health code to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes where smoking is not allowed, require a tobacco permit for selling e-cigarettes and prohibit the sale of the devices where the sale of tobacco is prohibited. E-cigarettes deliver lower levels of toxins than conventional cigarettes, but they still deliver some toxins, according to a report on e-cigarettes by UC San Francisco in December. The proposed ordinance seeks measures similar to those that have been instituted in Chicago, New York, Seattle, Boston and the nearby city of Richmond. The three supervisors, along with Tobacco Free Coalition members and UCSF researchers, will announce the legislation at 11 a.m. today at City Hall.

San Francisco Officials Propose Controversial Regulations On E-Cigarettes
The Inquisitr - March 3, 2014

Following in the footsteps of New Yorks former Mayor Bloomberg, San Francisco Supervisors plan to announce Monday morning a proposal to add e-cigarettes to restrictions already in place against tobacco smoking. The measure is at least partially motivated by concerns that teens are being targeted by companies, while the jury is out on the safety of e-cigarettes.

Council to discuss extending smoking bans to e-cigarettes
Devices are less harmful, but still pollute air, expert says
Santa Maria Times - March 3, 2014

The Santa Maria City Council will vote on an ordinance Tuesday to extend the same bans it currently has on smoking to include e-cigarettes. The ordinance, which includes several updates to the municipal code, would mean that e-cigarettes couldnt be smoked in enclosed public spaces, inside city buildings or within 20 feet of them. Some could argue no, theyre not (cigarettes) and so they could do that in the library and in the council chambers, and we prohibit smoking in those types of places, City Manager Rick Haydon said. He said that the move is meant to clarify the law in the face of developing technology and substances, including synthetic marijuana.

Santa Maria considering e-cigarette ban
Cal Coast News - March 3, 2014

The Central Coast may have a new trend-setting city in the implementation of smoking restrictions. On Tuesday, the Santa Maria City Council will consider adopting an e-cigarette ban. The city has already banned smoking in most public places, but the restrictions do not apply to e-cigarettes.

San Francisco supervisors to consider e-cigarette restrictions - March 2, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A San Francisco supervisor is set to officially unveil a measure Monday that would put restrictions on the use and sale of e-cigarettes ...

Our View: E-cigarettes should not be marketed to kids
Modesto Bee - March 1, 2014

There is a growing debate about the health dangers of e-cigarettes, and whether they help smokers kick the habit or lead to more nicotine addiction. But it ought to be beyond dispute that the lookalike, feel-alike devices should not be marketed to children. Wednesday, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California and three other senators introduced a bill to ban ads and other marketing that targets kids and teens.

AV Council approves smoking ban
Victorville Daily Press - February 28, 2014

APPLE VALLEY -Resident Tara Lloyd says her family will be able to breathe easier after the Town Council approved a smoking ban at public parks. On March ...

City Council doesn't see e-cigarettes same as the real thing
Moorpark Acorn - February 28, 2014

Local entrepreneurs hoping to capitalize on the growing popularity of e-cigarettes and open a store in Moorpark won't face the same hurdles as traditional ...

Our View: E-cigarettes should not be marketed to kids
Merced Sun-Star - February 27, 2014

John Hartigan, right, proprietor of Vapeology LA, sits behind an array of electronic cigarettes at his store in Los Angeles. REED SAXON — The Associated Press ...

E-cigarette marketing must be geared away from youth
Daily Trojan Online - February 27, 2014

Though electronic cigarettes are a hot trend, one thing is for sure: They shouldn't be on the rise among youth. On Wednesday, five U.S. senators introduced ...

San Diego City Council moves forward with electronic cigarette ...
San Diego 6 - February 27, 2014

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Members of the City Council's Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee Wednesday directed staff to develop regulations for ...

In the club
Sacramento News & Review – February 27, 2014

When the first cannabis clubs started appearing in California, they were ... There's also this thing called a “dram shop law,” which holds bar owners (and ...

Cotati woman pursuing a ban on indoor apartment smoking
Santa Rosa (CA) Press Democrat - February 26, 2014

Her plight has drawn support from from city and county officials, a state lawmaker and American Lung Association advocates, who all see California moving slowly and unevenly toward the protection Orozco wants.

San Diego Looks To Propose E-Cigarette Ordinance In Next 90 Days
KPBS - February 26, 2014

Members of the City Council's Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee Wednesday directed staff to develop regulations for electronic cigarettes in ...

How should policy makers react to the e-cigarette boom?
Medical News Today - February 26, 2014

California was the state that, in 1998, pioneered a public smoking ban that caught on not only in other states across the US, but also around the world. Today, Californian policy makers have weighed in on what is rapidly becoming the next great controversy in the tobacco industry: electronic cigarettes.

Electronic Cigarettes In The Workplace
Mondaq News Alerts (registration) - February 26, 2014

This week, a Los Angeles City Council panel endorsed restrictions on electronic cigarettes which would prohibit their use in a range of public spaces and most ...

Concord hookah lounge wins approval
Contra Costa Times - February 26, 2014

CONCORD -- A second hookah lounge is scheduled to open in the city next month, despite concerns that it may encourage more young people to try smoking. Planning commissioners voted 3-1 on Feb. 19 to approve a minor use permit for Hookah Palace to operate at 1120 Contra Costa Blvd. The space, formerly Metro Skateshop, is in a small strip mall south of Sunvalley mall that sits on a sliver of Concord land surrounded on three sides by Pleasant Hill.

LA Moves Forward On Proposal To Treat E-Cigs Like Regular Cigs
LAist - February 25, 2014

A Los Angeles City Council committee backed a proposed ordinance to ban e-cigarettes from "no-smoking" public places like bars and parks. The measure to ...

L.A. city council health committee votes to move forward on e ... - February 25, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Los Angeles City Council health committee voted to advance a ban on electronic cigarettes that would put them under the same ...

LA City Council Committee Supports E-Cigarette Ban [VIDEO]
Annenberg TV News - February 25, 2014

E-cigarettes may soon be banned in public venues where tobacco-smoking is restricted if the Los Angeles City Council approves a new ordinance. The Arts ...

Vapor Lounges Would be Legal Under LA E-Cigarette Ban
LA Weekly - February 25, 2014

L.A. City Hall this week took another step toward an e-cigarette ban that would treat the devices like regular cigarettes, with vaping soon to be outlawed at parks, beaches, outdoor dining areas, farmer's markets and many offices. There will probably be one place where you can still spark up, though: Vapor lounges...

LA council panel backs limits on e-cigarettes
Los Angeles Times - February 25, 2014
A Los Angeles City Council panel on Monday endorsed an array of restrictions on e-cigarettes that would prohibit the vapor-emitting devices from being used in most workplaces and a number of public spaces. The proposed restrictions were backed by anti-smoking advocates, including the American Lung Assn. and Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. Opponents included bar owners, e-cigarette makers and business leaders, who argued that there is insufficient research to justify the ordinance.

Los Angeles panel wants same rules for e-cigarettes, tobacco
Los Angeles Daily News February 25, 2014
With pressure from public-health officials and clean-air advocates, a city panel on Monday embraced a plan that would apply regulations in place for tobacco products to e-cigarettes. Jason Healy, president of blu e-Cigs, questioned the goal of the city action. I think they are going to end up selling more cigarettes, Healy said. If you have to get up and go outside to smoke an e-cigarette, and they are joining others who are smoking regular cigarettes, they might as well join with them. This is a recipe for relapse for smokers. We arent sure the ban has worked that well, so why support something like this?...

LA City Council Urges Regulation of E-Cigarettes
NACS Online - February 25, 2014
A Los Angeles city panel last week urged the FDA to regulate electronic cigarettes, banning them in the same locations where cigarettes are prohibited, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. The action is the latest by the council to try to regulate e-cigarettes. Last year, it voted to limit their sales to minors.
Los Angeles may be next to restrict e-cigs
ConsumerAffairs - February 25, 2014
There doesn't seem to be much middle ground on electronic cigarettes; people either love them or hate them. And those who hate them tend to be in positions of power. The Los Angeles city council is the latest to consider outlawing the gadgets. A pending ordinance would basically treat e-cigs as though they were traditional, tobacco-burning cigarettes, outlawing them in public places.
Los Angeles' e-Cig Debate: Guilt by Association? - February 25, 2014
In Hollywood movie scripts, a narrative based on guilt by association might make a compelling story line.  But it is a lousy way to make policy and that is what the Los Angeles City Council is being asked to do regarding electronic cigarettes. As a former president of the American Lung Association, I have seen how e-cigarettes have become the subject of much confusion and misinformation, which has led to a classic case of guilt by association.
City Considers Ban on E-Cigs in Bars, Nightclubs, Restaurants
North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch - February 25, 2014
The Arts, Parks, Health, Aging and River Committee unanimously advanced a proposed ordinance that would restrict the use of e-cigarettes in Los Angeles.
Fremont, Hayward restrict e-cigarette sales, temporarily ban new vapor lounges
San Jose Mercury News - February 25, 2014
The opportunity for e-cigarette entrepreneurs to open new vapor bars and hookah lounges in Fremont and Hayward has gone up in smoke -- for now, anyway. Both East Bay cities temporarily banned new such businesses earlier this month, while allowing existing retailers to stay open pending further study of the trendy smoking products' health effects. Fremont's City Council added e-cigarettes to its list of prohibited smoking products on Feb. 11, Community Development Director Jeff Schwob said. It also placed a 45-day moratorium on new retailers and vapor bars, where customers use the smokeless devices.
After Regulations Imposed, LA Could Wholly Ban Use of E-Cigarettes [VIDEO]
NBC Southern California - February 25, 2014
The proposal to ban e-cigarettes in public was passed unanimously in committee Monday. Now, the controversial issue goes to a full city council vote.

Students and smoking: Stanford University ends tobacco sales
Christian Science Monitor - February 24, 2014

This latest tobacco ban comes as electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, gain ... The rise in the use of e-cigarettes has sparked a debate between whether or not ... According to recent report published by the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, at least 1,182 college campuses around the US have adopted a 100 percent smoke-free policies, nearly double the rate of smoke-free campuses in 2011. Of those 1,182 smoke-free campuses, 811 are completely tobacco-free.

City Council Panel Eyes Tougher Limits On E-Cigarette Use In Public
CBS Local - February 24, 2014

A City Council committee was expected to vote Monday on a proposal to sharply restrict the use of electronic cigarettes known as e-cigarettes in public areas in the city of Los Angeles. City Attorney Mike Feuer, City Councilmembers Mitch OFarrell, Paul Koretz, and Bernard Parks proposed the ordinance in December in response to the surging popularity of the devices, which use battery-powered metal cartridges to simulate the effect of smoking by heating nicotine-containing liquid into vapor.

PacMutual Campus Named Southern California's Oldest LEED ...
Business Wire (press release) - February 24, 2014

All building outdoor areas, including patios and courtyards, and 25-feet from all entrances, are entirely smoke-free. We are proud of the work Executive Vice ...
E-cigarettes won't get people to quit smoking: Letter
Los Angeles Daily News - February 24, 2014
There is no good alternative to smoking. As an ex-smoker, I can tell you that e-cigarettes do not help in quitting. The best way to quit is to never have started.
Los Angeles Looking to Regulate Electronic Cigarettes
KFBK - February 24, 2014
The proposed ordinance would make using e-cigarettes at restaurants, parks, beaches, and elsewhere as illegal as smoking in those spots. Supporters of the plan say the rising popularity of e-cigarettes has led to teenagers using them even at school. Opponents of the ban say using e-cigarettes actually helps people stop smoking. The city council is expected to vote on the ordinance on March 4th.
City Council Panel Recommends Limits On E-Cigarette Use In Public [VIDEO]
CBS Los Angeles February 24, 2014
A Los Angeles City Council committee approved a proposal Monday to sharply restrict the use of electronic cigarettes known as e-cigarettes in no-smoking public areas.
Regulating e-cigarettes: Science or politics?
U-T San Diego - February 24, 2014
A San Diego City Council committee will consider initial steps this week to regulate e-cigarettes, those glowing, battery-powered nicotine sticks that many other local governments here and across the country have already put in the same category of public health danger and general nuisance as regular tobacco cigarettes. But the issues with e-cigs are not nearly so simple or clear.
On the agenda: City council, school board meetings
U-T San Diego - February 24, 2014
The Solana Beach City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Council Chambers, 635 S. Highway 101. Agenda items include: a hearing on a conditional use permit for San Diego BeerWorks, at 437 South Highway 101, for a craft beer bottle shop and tap room; introduction of an ordinance to include e-cigarettes in the definition of smoking so they would be prohibited in areas where smoking is already banned; and review of proposed changes to a tree removal ordinance.
Results from government meetings in North County
U-T San Diego - February 24, 2014
The Encinitas City Council on Wednesday directed staff to draft an ordinance banning e-cigarettes in public places where cigarettes already are banned
Restrictions on e-cigs gather steam
U-T San Diego - February 22, 2014
ENCINITAS A campaign to curb the use of electronic cigarettes is gaining steam throughout the county, especially in North County, where several cities have taken steps to extinguish the devices in public places. Encinitas is the latest in the region to address the issue the City Council asked its staff Wednesday to amend the citys anti-smoking ordinance to include e-cigarettes.

E-Cig Debate: Guilt by Association?
Fox and Hounds Daily - February 21, 2014

But it is a lousy way to make policy – and that is what the Los Angeles City Council is being asked to do regarding electronic cigarettes. A proposed ordinance in ...

Quick Takes
UCSD The Guardian -February 21, 2014

Cigarettes, ubiquitous and dangerously addicting, may no longer be found at CVS ... Hoping for a chain reaction of other drugstores and pharmacies following suit ... as it is the first among major drugstores to decide on discontinuing tobacco sales. ... Euromonitor International reported 47.5 percent of the 290 billion cigarette ...

Mixed reactions from Peninsula residents on CVS cessation of ...
San Francisco Examiner - February 21, 2014

...recent announcement that it will stop selling tobacco products has elicited a variety ... secondhand smoke restrictions that currently apply to tobacco cigarettes.

Stanford slow to ban sale of cigarettes on campus
The Stanford Daily - February 20, 2014

...1,182 colleges and universities were 100 percent smoke-free, according to a report by the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation...

EDITORIAL: A Dream Whose Time Is Coming
Lake Arrowhead Mountain News - February 20, 2014

...Fortunately governments at all levels have recognized the price in human lives our country pays for in this addiction, and have taken action to protect nonsmokers and discourage smoking. But there is more to do before the dreams of Koop and visionaries ...

Editorial: Put public health first in considering smoking ban for ...
Merced Sun-Star - February 20, 2014

The city is looking at banning smoking in outdoor dining areas. ... If one restaurant bans smoking but the one next door doesn't, what's to stop smoke from ...

Aliso Viejo delays hearing on second e-cig shop
The Orange County Register – February 20, 2014

Electronic cigarettes come in various sizes, shapes and materials. ... The City Council approved a conditional use permit for E-Cig Vault on a 3-2 vote Jan. 8. ... The potential opening of another e-cigarette business in Aliso Viejo is put off – at ...

LA e-cigarette ban could hurt anti-smoking efforts: Guest commentary
Los Angeles Daily News - February 19, 2014

On the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General's Report linking smoking and cancer, tobacco-caused death and disability persists, killing more than ...

Beverly Hills makes move to regulate e-cigarettes the same as ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter - February 19, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, California — Beverly Hills has joined the list of cities moving to regulate e-cigarettes in the same way as tobacco products. The City Council on ...

City Council Moves to Regulate E-Cigarettes - February 19, 2014

By treating e-cigarettes like regular tobacco products, they'll be banned from city parks and recreational facilities and outdoor dining areas and near tot lots and ...

Smoking on CSUF reduced since ban, but officials say more can be ...
The Daily Titan - February 19, 2014

Since the implementation of Cal State Fullerton's smoking ban last summer, ... their electronic cigarettes or vaporizer pens, which are also banned by the policy.

Healdsburg closer to lifting smoking age
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - February 19, 2014

Healdsburg is headed toward becoming the first city in California to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21 years old. The City Council on Tuesday voted 3-1 to have the city attorney prepare an ordinance prohibiting the sale of tobacco to persons under 21, and also establish a tobacco retailers licensing program to enforce it

Sacramento to consider smoking ban for outdoor dining areas [VIDEO] - February 19, 2014

Smoking could soon be banned in outdoor areas connected to restaurants and ... in indoor dining areas, but there's a growing movement to expand the ban.

Potential Smoking Ban is Getting Mixed Reviews from Businesses
KFBK - February 19, 2014

A city council committee listened to residents Tuesday speak out about a potential ordinance that would limit or ban smoking on restaurant and bar patios.

Sacramento considers ban on smoking near restaurants, bars
KCRA Sacramento - February 18, 2014

Some downtown businesses say it will hurt, but others say it's about time Sacramento makes everyone's health a top priority by banning smoking at bars and ...

Smoking Ban For Sacramento Restaurant, Bar Patios?
Capital Public Radio News - February 18, 2014

Should Sacramento ban smoking on the patios of bars and restaurants? ... State law bans smoking inside bars and restaurants, but dozens of cities around ...

Recent actions from North County school boards, councils
U-T San Diego - February 18, 2014

The Solana Beach City Council on Wednesday approved a memorandum of understanding for developing a Water Quality Improvement Plan for the San Dieguito Watershed Management Area; and directed staff to rewrite the citys smoking ordinance to include e-cigarettes.

Possible Patio Smoking Ban for Sacramento
KFBK - February 18, 2014

An ordinance that would limit or ban smoking on restaurant and bar patios isn't getting a warm reception from Midtown business owners who'd be affected by the decision. The Sacramento City Council's Law and Legislation Committee is meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss outlawing smoking in outdoor patio areas of eateries and bars

SO MOVED: Beach Pedestrian Path Back Before Council
Gazette Newspapers - February 17, 2014

In other business, the council: Approved on first reading an ordinance requiring merchants selling e-cigarettescomply with the same regulations as those selling tobacco products.

Letter: Citizens can do better on smoking
Enterprise-Record - February 16, 2014

We found many cigarette butts inside the radius, meaning there is a danger of secondhand smoke. The air around some entryways smelled like smoke, ...

Landlords, law trending to non-smoking complexes
OCRegister (subscription) - February 15, 2014

The neighbor defended his right to smoke in his own home. ... said Liz Williams of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a national nonprofit ...

Fremont council issues moratorium on e-cigarette stores for 45 days
Fremont Bulletin-by Aliyah Mohammed - February 14, 2014

Fremont City Council has joined cities across the Bay Area in taking a stand on the use of e-cigarettes in public, by unanimously voting Tuesday to issue a ...

Solana Beach City Council prohibits e-cigarette use
Del Mar Times - February 13, 2014

In a 4-0 vote, the City Council on Feb. 12 amended the city's existing smoking ordinance to include a ban on e-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited.

SD Councilman Proposes Regulations on E-Cigarettes - February 13, 2014

Kersey proposed that the city of San Diego implement regulations to address the proliferation of electronic cigarettes, more commonly known as e-cigarettes. In a memo to the City Council's Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee, of which...

Tobacco-free 'anti-smoking' a growing trend in West Covina
San Gabriel Valley Tribune - February 13, 2014

Ultramist Vape Shop in West Covina isn't just blowing smoke. The store offers a plethora of e-cigarettes, “vape” pens and 200 different flavors of E-liquid.

E-Cigarettes: A Rising Trend Among College Youth
COS The Campus - February 13, 2014

E-cigarette users may feel that they are different from traditional smokers. The college doesn't feel the same way. The new trend is known as “vaping” and by ...

Milpitas native selected for national fellowship to study e-cigarettes ...
Milpitas Post-by Aliyah Mohammed - February 13, 2014

Ahmad graduated from San Jose State in December, and will spend the next 18 months researching the use of hookah and e-cigarettes in and around the ...

No-smoking apartments catch on ($$)
The Orange County Register – February 13, 2014

Business: No-smoking apartments catch on ... smoke, smoking, housing, apartments, orange, non, unit, year, secondhand, one. ... Liz Williams... Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights...

Teens smoking highly potent 'dabs' or 'earwax' with e-cigarettes
KCRA Sacramento-by Claire Doan - February 13, 2014

A growing number of teenagers are smoking a highly potent form of marijuana – virtually undetected – with no smell and no way for anyone to know they're ...

A crown of his own
Sacramento Business Journal – February 14, 2014

to measures supporting gay rights and a ban on smoking indoors as difficult accomplishments that didn’t require executive powers. “I think it’s the job of the mayor to get consensus from the other eight members …

Long Beach bans e-cigarette 'vaping' in public spaces
Long Beach Press-Telegram - February 12, 2014

The City Council voted 5-1 on Tuesday to add electronic cigarettes to the city tobacco ordinance, requiring sellers of the devices and derivatives to comply with ...

CLINE: West Hollywood Needs to Deal with Secondhand Smoke
WEHOville (West Hollywood, CA) - February 10, 2014

...start organizing to vote the current council members out of office in favor of people who care. It is so bad that a potential candidate for City Council (Larry Block) sells cigarettes in his clothing store in the “smoke zone.” this is not a good sign for...

Proposed smoking ban back before public
Patterson Irrigator-by Nick Rappley - February 13, 2014

A smoking ban that has been debated and discussed repeatedly by the Patterson City Council since July 2013 will be back for discussion in a town hall meeting ...

San Diego Councilman Mark Kersey
10News - February 13, 2014

The proposal, written by Councilman Mark Kersey, asks that e-cigarettes be regulated the same way as traditional cigarettes and restrict the use of e-cigarettes ...

Electronic Cigarettes U.S. Automated Filling, Assembly & Packaging
Sacramento Bee - February 13, 2014

Freedom Smokeless, a Southern California based producer of electronic cigarettes, proudly unveiled ...

Bay Area schools take on teens' e-cigarette use
San Jose Mercury News - February 13, 2014

As e-cigarettes become more popular with teens, Bay Area schools are ramping up their battle against the small electronic devices that deliver nicotine-laced ...

Brief: Dems want rules for e-cigarettes
Santa Monica Daily Press - February 12, 2014

William H. Sorrell urging them to classify electronic cigarettes as cigarettes under the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) to prevent e-cigarette ...

SDSU should ban the on-campus smoking ban
Daily Aztec - February 11, 2014

San Diego States campus-wide smoking ban appears grounded in common sense. After all, the dangers of smoking are well known. Nonetheless, Im repulsed by the concept of a ban, and what it portends. That is, in the U.S., bans tend to beget more bans.

Sunnyvale: Raising minimum wage, expanding smoking regulations ...
San Jose Mercury News - February 10, 2014

The main issues that will be explored in 2014 will include expanding smoking regulations to prohibit smoking near doorways and outdoor areas of retail and commercial businesses, consider adopting a local minimum wage ordinance, increase notice and submittal requirements for taller projects, and community choice aggregation.

Smoking ban to be socially enforced
Daily Aztec - February 12, 2014

On Jan. 1, San Diego State adopted a 100 percent smoke-free campus policy. The ashtrays are gone and the designated smoking areas are blocked off, but the details on how the ban will be enforced are still hazy. SDSU Senate Chair Bill Eadie said that social enforcement is the only way to enforce the smoking-ban.

Council's Proposal to Include E-Cigarettes in Tobacco Ordinance ...
Long Beach Post - February 11, 2014

Tonight, Long Beach City Council will vote to approve the inclusion of electronic cigarettes in the City's tobacco laws, but it's not the idea of regulation that has ...

Moose Lodge: Rising from the ashes
Lucernevalleyleader February 11, 2014

A year and a half after a devastating electrical fire nearly destroyed the Moose Lodge, the facility has been restored to better-than-new status. Initially expected to cost $400,00 [sic] to repair, the construction ended up going to around $700,000. While it is now a non-smoking facility, an outside smoking area has been provided for those who smoke.

Bay Area school districts rewrite tobacco policies to counter teen e-cigarette use
Contra Costa Times - February 10, 2014

The latest weapon in the tobacco wars is increasingly finding its way into the pockets and backpacks of students across the nation. The e-cigarette -- a James Bond-stealthy, technology-chic version of the traditional cigarette -- is often mistaken for an ink pen, but it is a battery-operated device that turns a liquid form of nicotine into an inhalable vapor.

Dan Morain: A striking shift in accepting tobacco money
Sacramento (CA) Bee February 9, 2014

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Law changes would regulate e-cigarettes in Long Beach
Long Beach Press-Telegram - February 9, 2014

Electronic cigarettes may be folded into the embrace of city law this week. The City Council will vote Tuesday on changes to the municipal code requiring electronic cigarettes and vapor devices to comply with Long Beachs tobacco ordinance, prohibiting their use in no-smoking areas.

Barnidge: CVS decision is one more reason to celebrate for ...
Contra Costa Times - February 9, 2014

No one was happier than Denice Dennis last week after the CVS drugstore chain announced it will discontinue selling tobacco products. The manager of the Contra Costa Tobacco Prevention Project has spent the last 16 years fighting to eliminate tobacco use.

CVS pharmacies ending cigarette, tobacco sales despite potential $2 billion loss
Long Beach (CA) Press-Telegram - February 7, 2014

Susan Price, manager for the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services’ Bureau of Community Health, also applauded CVS’ decision. “This is a significant win for public health,” said Price, whose bureau oversees the Tobacco Education Program,...

Arcata City Council considers expanding smoking ban boundaries ...
Humboldt Beacon - February 7, 2014

The Arcata City Council will consider extending the western boundary of the city's amended smoking ordinance to K Street at a future date after hearing an ...

E-cigarettes under fire by critics
KSHB - February 7, 2014

(KGTV) - Suddenly, e-cigarettes seem to be everywhere and so far, there is no regulation - at the local, state or federal levels. There are a growing number of ...

Smokers react to CVS going tobacco free
OCRegister (subscription) - February 6, 2014

Business. Smokers react to CVS going tobacco free. Tweet. Most Popular. Why it cost a Huntington Beach couple $20K to get a cute Corgi off Orange County's ...

Fate of tobacco, e-cigarettes remains cloudy
The Collegian - February 6, 2014

Although California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White and the Academic Senate proposed a CSU-wide smoking ban last year, Fresno State has yet ...

'Top of the class' / Pasadena gets another 'A' in curbing tobacco use
Pasadena Weekly - February 6, 2014

For the second straight year, Pasadena, South Pasadena and Glendale each received an "A" and were deemed as the "Top of the Class" by the American Lung Association. "Pasadena received a strong grade because of its newly adopted smoke-free law,"...

Editorial: CVS pullout, new ads will lower tobacco’s deadly toll
Sacramento (CA) Bee - February 6, 2014

It’s worth noticing that in the ads, the teens are buying cigarettes at a convenience store. That highlights the fact that only about 4 percent of tobacco products are purchased at drugstores. While the CVS move is limited in scope, Obama praised the ...

CVS tobacco ban could smoke out other cigarette sellers
Bay Area BizTalk, San Francisco Business Times – February 6, 2014 likely to be seen as a major turning point in the history of smoking in America, which has already declined dramatically since its heydey in the mid-20th century. Groups such as TobaccofreeRX, representing health care professionals …

Manhattan Beach moving to ban smoking citywide in public spaces
Daily Breeze - February 5, 2014

Smoking also would be banned in the outdoor dining areas of private businesses. ... Hermosa Beach — have adopted comprehensive outdoor smoking bans.

UCSF doc's role in CVS decision to stop selling tobacco
Bay Area BizTalk, San Francisco Business Times – February 5, 2014

...roughly 150 are listed on a company web site, including eight in Oakland, 10 in San Francisco and 20 in San Jose. Smokers in California wrack up an estimated $18.1 billion annually in economic costs, and smoking …

Viewpoints: Outdoor dining ruined by secondhand smoke
Sacramento Bee - February 5, 2014

Exposure to secondhand smoke even while outside is dangerous. The surgeon general has declared that there is no safe level of secondhand exposure.

Puff or Pass? One month down for UCSCs new smoke- and tobacco-free policy
Good Times - February 4, 2014

UC Santa Cruz senior and literature major Thomas VanGilder enjoys a cigarette now and again. But starting Jan. 1, the school became smoke- and tobacco-freea change VanGilder believes is out of step with its character.

San Diego receives failing grade on tobacco control
Daily Aztec - February 4, 2014

The city of San Diego and several other cities in San Diego County received poor grades in the American Lung Associations 2014 State of Tobacco Control report meant to control tobacco smoking boundaries. On Jan. 1, a campus-wide smoking ban went into effect at SDSU. While the school recently took this step to control tobacco smoking within campus boundaries, ...

Corning bans smoking, drinking at downtown park
Red Bluff Daily News - February 1, 2014

The City Council on Tuesday adopted an ordinance, effective immediately, that bans smoking and open containers of alcohol at Martini Plaza at any time.

'E-Hookah' Debuts in San Diego
NBC 7 San Diego - February 1, 2014

The "next generation of e-cigarettes" has just hit the online market and is now being featured at a downtown San Diego business. The company, BLOW, known ...

Tehama County earns straight 'F's' on tobacco
Red Bluff (CA) Daily News - January 30, 2014

"Despite making great strides in reducing smoking rates in America, there is still much work to be done here in Northern California," said Anita Lee, interim CEO of the American Lung Association in California, in a press release. "Tobacco use remains th

E-cigarettes targeted in Poway
U-T San Diego - January 30, 2014

POWAY — Poway could become the latest city in the region to ban electronic cigarettes in public places where conventional smoking is already prohibited, ...

Walnut Creek's secondhand-smoking ban now in effect
Contra Costa (CA) Times - January 30, 2014

WALNUT CREEK -- As of Wednesday, downtown -- and much of the rest of the city -- is officially smoke-free. While there are still a few places in Walnut Creek where one can light up, a controversial ordinance adopted in October prohibiting smoking throughout the city is now in effect. The law bans smoking in and around multiunit residences, in the downtown area, in all recreational areas and at all commercially zoned properties. Perhaps easier to remember are places the ban does not apply -- single-family homes, some public sidewalks outside downtown, as well as public and private golf courses...

Oakland Ordinance Requires Smoke-Free Units in All Apartment ...
California Healthline - January 29, 2014

Oakland Ordinance Requires Smoke-Free Units in All Apartment Buildings, Bans ... to ensure smoking is banned in some units and calls for a smoking ban at all ...

Neglected Laws
Coronado Eagle and Journal – January 29, 2014

Coronado's new No Smoking Ordinance creates yet another new law for our law enforcement officers to administer. We already have ordinances that go ...

E-cigarettes under fire by critics, Team 10 tests the vapor
10News - January 30, 2014

Suddenly, e-cigarettes seem to be everywhere and so far, there is no regulation - at the local, state or federal levels. There are a growing number of bans, but the ...

Students found with e-cigarettes could face suspension under ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter - January 29, 2014

The Orange County Register reported Tuesday ( ) that the district board has tentatively approved a ban on e-cigarettes and similar devices.

Oakley snuffs out smoking for some apartment dwellers
Contra Costa Times - January 29, 2014

OAKLEY -- Apartment dwellers here will have to find other places in their complex to smoke.
In response to repeated complaints from some renters about exposure to second-hand smoke, the City Council on Tuesday adopted a no-smoking ordinance that requires landlords to make at least some units off-limits to smokers and calls for all apartment complexes built in the future to be entirely smoke-free

E-cigarette regulations get initial OK in Seal Beach ($$)
OCRegister (subscription) - January 28, 2014

SEAL BEACH The five-month moratorium on e-cigarette sales could soon be lifted now that the City Council has given tentative approval to regulations on the sale and consumption of the popular devices. The ordinance which would make Seal Beach the first Orange County city to regulate e-cigarettes legalizes the selling and smoking of e-cigarettes in the same situations as other tobacco products

Orange schools snuffing out e-cigarettes ($$)
OCRegister (subscription) - January 28, 2014

Orange Unified School District is amending a policy that prohibits tobacco use in schools to include electronic smoking devices

E-cigarettes bring lively discussion in La Mesa
U-T San Diego - January 28, 2014

LA MESA Electronic cigarettes and hookah pens continue to be on the hot seat at city councils across East County. On Tuesday, La Mesa joined El Cajon and ...

Campus to go smoke-free
Sonoma State Star - January 28, 2014

Discussions have resurfaced regarding Sonoma State University shifting toward a smoke-free campus. This issue was re-ignited after Timothy P. White, Chancellor of the California State University system, announced it would bestow the responsibility of smoking policies on individual campuses

New tobacco-free policy stirs controversy - January 28, 2014

Serving as the voice for students who wanted a tobacco-free campus, Hornets for a Healthy Hive launched a campaign on campus and through social media in ...

Kicking cigarette butts out of California is aim of bill
San Francisco Chronicle - January 28, 2014

Walk along any beach or through any park and chances are they'll be there by the dozens: the tan, discarded remains of a cigarette. Under the proposed regulation, introduced this month by Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Monterey Bay, the state would ban all cigarettes with filters designed to be discarded after a single use. A person or store caught selling or giving them away would be fined $500 per violation.

Poway to consider banning e-cigarettes
Pomerado Newspaper Group - January 28, 2014

Poway may soon join the growing list of cities around the state banning the use of electronic cigarettes in public areas.

La Mesa to Consider E-Cigarette Ban Tuesday - January 28, 2014

We are now faced with the rampant growth and use of e-cigarettes, Madrid wrote in an introduction to a report for the Jan. 28 council session. The same initial ...

When smoking was acceptable in San Francisco
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) - January 28, 2014

The proposition required all workplaces to have policies on smoking that addressed the needs of both smokers and nonsmokers. Since that initial ban, the city ...

Letter: No smoking signals
Santa Monica Daily Press - January 27, 2014

At low tide there always seems to be someone lighting up right next to the water. So please, remove the beach from your non-smoking story (there may be a non-smoking warning on those green enjoy your beach signs, you know, the ones that absolutely nobody reads)

School board to discuss meeting minutes, ban on e-cigarettes
San Ramon Express - January 27, 2014

In other business, board members will discuss changing policies to add e-cigarettes, e-hookahs and other similar products to the list of items prohibited on ...

This Connection Won't Evaporate
Daily Nexus - January 27, 2014

Vapor bar and e-cigarette lounge Vapor Connection officially joined the Isla Vista community on Saturday with a Grand Opening event that featured a live DJ and the stores selection of over 80 different flavors of smokeless water vapor.

Survey released by school shows many students support smoke-free campus
Daily Sundial - January 26, 2014

More than 75 percent of respondents answered yes to a question of whether or not CSUN should be smoke-free in a campus-wide survey issued last semester. There are about 1,182 smoke-free colleges and universities nationwide, according to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights (ANR). If CSUN does implement a campus-wide smoking ban, it would join the entire University of California (UC) system, Cal State Fullerton (CSUF) and San Diego State University (SDSU).

Another View: Blowing smoke about e-cigarettes
Sacramento Bee - January 26, 2014

Misguided anti-tobacco advocates are trying to rally Californians against an important new weapon in the war against smoking: smokeless e-cigarettes and vaporizers. Despite compelling evidence that e-cigs present no public health hazard and greatly reduce the risk of smoking-related disease, advocates have been lobbying legislators across the state to prohibit e-cig use in nonsmoking areas.

La Mesa to mull e-cigarette ban - January 26, 2014

Sales of e-cigarettes would be banned under a proposal by La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid that goes before the City Council Tuesday night. We are now faced with the rampant growth and use of e-cigarettes, Madrid wrote in an introduction to a report for the Jan. 28 council session. The same initial ...

Glendale's antismoking rules get high marks from American Lung Assn.
Los Angeles Times January 26, 2014

Glendale got an A on the American Lung Assn.s annual report card grading local governments' antismoking rules. Glendale is one of 18 California cities and counties 3% of those surveyed that received the top score on the State of Tobacco Control 2014 report released last week. Glendale also moved up in a subcategory smoke-free housing from B to A due to new legislation the City Council passed last year, banning smoking in all new apartment and condominium units...

Our View: Smoking decreases locally and globally
Imperial Valley Press - January 24, 2014

It's long been a known fact that smoking is a leading factor for lung cancer, but many of us are in the dark about other types of tobacco-related cancers, until one ...

Solana Beach receives highest marks in county for overall tobacco ...
Del Mar Times - January 23, 2014

Most cities in San Diego County received poor grades Jan. 22 in the American Lung Associations 2014 report on tobacco control policies.

WeHo Gets 'D' in Ranking of Civic Efforts to Curb Smoking
WEHOville - January 24, 2014

The American Lung Association has given West Hollywood a grade of D in its 2014 State of Tobacco Control report.

No Smoking Ordinance Addresses Outdoor, Public Areas in ...
Coronado Eagle and Journal - January 23, 2014

It would be fair to say that the new No Smoking Ordinance passed by the Coronado City Council, which went into effect January 1, 2014, has caused some confusion around town. This article will cover some of the reasons behind the enactment of the new ordinance and supply a brief history relating to its implementation.

President Alexander Gonzalez announces more new faculty ... - January 23, 2014

"I'm looking forward to the campus being tobacco-free prior to 2015," Downey said. "I know some of the other schools did it a lot quicker and (Gonzalez) said ...

Petaluma's secondhand smoke rules lauded; mixed grades for rest ...
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - January 23, 2014

Petaluma's ban on smoking in apartments and other multi-unit housing won ... Lung Association's latest statewide report on efforts to restrict secondhand smoke.

Smoking ban: Valid or Infringement?
Daily Sundial - January 23, 2014

According to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation, at least 1,182 campuses in the U.S. have a smoke-free campus policy

Oroville's retail licensing ordinance earns top tobacco control grade ...
Enterprise-Record - January 23, 2014

OROVILLE -- Oroville topped other communities in Butte County, and many throughout Northern California, in making strong efforts to curb tobacco use.

Imperial County's stance on smoking parallels national, global trend of decreasing tobacco use
Imperial Valley Press - January 23, 2014

This reduction can be attributed to anti-smoking measures such as the growth of laws regulating smoking in public locations, exposure of dangers caused by secondhand smoke and the increasingly less favorable public image of smoking, according to the report. Locally, the fight against tobacco has taken a turn for the better in recent years with Imperial Valley College officially becoming a tobacco-free campus in 2009 and Pioneers Memorial Hospital following suit in 2012. Although it takes a lot of work to implement a smoke-free policy, the county saw a positive turning point last year, when five different apartment complexes in El Centro and Calexico adopted voluntary smoke-free policies, said Maria Peinado, public health information officer with the Imperial County Public Health Department.

Spring semester starts at San Diego State University: Campus is ...
10News - January 23, 2014

A new semester got underway at San Diego State University and with it are some new rules to live by, like no smoking anywhere.

SN&R readers chime in on banning smoking, the pro-Sacramento ...
Sacramento News & Review - January 23, 2014

SN&R gets it right so often, it's disappointing to see the blockheaded editorial opposing Councilman Steve Hansen's efforts to ban smoking on restaurant and bar patios extending into public space. Business owners' fears of lost revenue are cited, but such concerns are always raised about every proposed anti-smoking measure and have always proven unfounded.

Santa Monica tops smoke-free list
Santa Monica Daily Press - January 22, 2014

City Hall's smoke-free housing policy, which is just over a year old, contributed greatly to Santa Monica's high scores this year, said Lung Association ...

San Francisco's Anti-Smoking Laws Are Working, Study Confirms
SF Weekly (blog) - January 22, 2014

Graded on its efforts in reducing tobacco sales and promoting smoke-free environments, the report suggests that the new smoke-free outdoor spaces and ...

Los Gatos Earns 'D' For Tobacco Control - January 22, 2014

Town earns poor grades from American Lung Association annual report in areas of smoke-free housing and reducing sales of tobacco products; earns 'C' grade ...

Campus copes with zero tolerance smoking ban
PCC Courier - January 23, 2014

Since January 2014, Pasadena City College (PCC) has enforced a new 100 percent smoke free policy which does not allow students to smoke tobacco in cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Even smokeless devices like vapes are banned since they are non-regulated.

Sign contest to celebrate smoking ban on Fisherman's Wharf to be ...
Contra Costa Times - January 22, 2014

The city of Monterey is holding a sign contest to celebrate the new smoking ban on Fisherman's Wharf. The city plans on installing a sign at the wharf entrance ...

FRONTLINE CANCER: The medical truth about e-cigs and hookahs
La Jolla (CA) Light - January 22, 2014

The number of Americans who puff cigarettes is steadily shrinking, from a high of 45 percent in the mid-1950s to just 18 percent of adults in 2012. Its a big reason why the overall cancer mortality rate is also in decline. Thats the good news. The bad news is the rising popularity of two alternatives electronic cigarettes and hookahs both of which may be just as bad for users health, and ultimately lead to smoking tobacco cigarettes.

Police: Open drug use disguised by e-cigs
Santa Rosa (CA) Press Democrat - January 22, 2014

Those e-cigarettes that some people use as an alternative to regular cigarettes in some cases disguise illicit drug use, as well. That's the kind of tip Sebastopol ...

No butts allowed
Sonoma State Star - January 21, 2014

The CSU would be right to ban smoking on campus, and we really hope that they do. ... A campus-wide ban on smoking would hopefully reduce the number of ...

Councilmember Rose Herrera Wants to Ban Pot Clubs from ...
San Jose Inside (blog) - January 22, 2014

Rose Herrera wants to bar medical marijuana collectives from contributing money to local political campaigns. As city leaders continue to ponder how to regulate ...

Campus begins school-wide tobacco ban
Daily Californian - January 21, 2014

Members of the UC Berkeley community returning for the spring semester will notice signs across campus informing them of the tobacco-free policy that went into effect Jan.1.

Public hearing to review housing, outdoor marijuana cultivation
Martinez News-Gazette - January 21, 2014

MARTINEZ, Calif. The Planning Commission will meet this evening to review proposed zoning text amendments regarding emergency homeless shelters and outdoor growing of medical marijuana.

Long Beach Cannabis Taxes May Remain Dormant Without Council ...
Long Beach Business Journal - Long Beach News - January 21, 2014

Without lifting the citys ban on dispensaries, the medical marijuana tax initiative headed for the April 2014 General Election ballot may end up like the citys recreational marijuana tax moot.
The Long Beach City Council approved adding a measure to the upcoming general election that, if passed, would impose a 6 percent business license tax on collectives that sell medical marijuana within city limits. The tax would increase annually based on the consumer price index with a cap of 10 percent. It also includes a $15 per square foot tax on cultivation sites that would supply medical cannabis dispensaries

County fair may ban e-cigarettes
U-T San Diego - January 19, 2014

The fair board, which banned conventional smoking at the fair last year, ... California law bans the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18 but officials say use ...

Inhaling the e-cig experience
U-T San Diego - January 18, 2014

You don't need a match to light up an electronic cigarette, or to spark some major e-cigarette controversy. Carlsbad and Vista recently joined cities nationwide in ...

Letter of the Day: Secondhand pot smoke
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - January 19, 2014

The coalition is concerned about secondhand smoke, which includes both tobacco and marijuana. Our member agencies have been working on the issue of ...

Assemblyman Wants Cigarette Butts Banned In California
CBS 13 / KOVR - January 14, 2014

...because of the environmental risk they pose to the state’s wildlife and fish. Assemblyman Mark Stone (D) says he’s not only trying to be a trailblazer in California, but would also like to see butts banned across the country. ...

A breath of fresh air
Highlander Newspaper - January 14, 2014

...R'side joined over 1,100 colleges and universities in the nationwide smoke and tobacco-free campus policy: Clearing the Air. UCR threw a celebration ...

East County Magazine - January 15, 2014

...Councilman Gary Kendrick introduced the issue, stating that a friend told him her middle school son said that “use of electronic cigarettes was rampant at his ...

Smoke-free hotel chains increasing
San Diego News - January 14, 2014

A decision was made late last year by Westin Hotels and Resorts to go smoke-free in all of their North American locations, an initiative aptly called "Breathe ...

A breath of fresh air
Highlander Newspaper – January 14, 2014

...2, 2014, R'side joined over 1,100 colleges and universities in the nationwide smoke and tobacco-free campus policy: Clearing the Air. UCR threw a celebration ...

Bill Would Bar Online Cigarette Sales
KMJ Now - January 14, 2014

...The ban would apply to cigarettes, as well as electronic cigarettes. Dickinson says minors looking to light up can easily bypass age requirements, by turning to ...

East County Magazine - January 14, 2014

El Cajon's City Council's agenda this Tuesday includes a proposal by Councilman Kendrick to regulate electronic cigarettes and hookahs. Both products contain ...

UC Irvine reversing course on e-cigarette use
OCRegister (subscription) - January 14, 2014

IRVINE – Just two weeks after taking effect, a UC Irvine campuswide ban on smoking is being revised to include a prohibition on electronic cigarettes and ...

Wayward University of California campus finally bans e-cigarettes, too
Bay Area Biz Talk – January 14, 2014

...on its website. Medical campus UC San Francisco, meanwhile, had eliminated its designated smoking areas back in 2008 as part of its own independent ban. So-called e-cigarettes are battery powered vaporizers …..

State lawmaker seeks ban on most tobacco, e-cigarette online sales
Los Angeles Times - January 13, 2014

SACRAMENTO — In an effort to clamp down on youth smoking, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced Monday that he was introducing a ...

More e-cigarette stores open as health debate rages on
Bakersfield Californian - January 11, 2014

Called e-cigarettes or e-cigs for short, they are battery-powered, tubular devices that deliver vaporized nicotine for inhalation. The liquid that is vaporized, ...

Hookah Copyright Claim Goes Up in Smoke
National Law Journal - January 10, 2014

Although available in various designs and colors, the shape of a hookah’s water container is not copyrightable, according to a federal appeals court. In a case between two suppliers of hookahs, or water pipes, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth ...

Electronic Cigarette Lounges to Be Further Analyzed in South San Francisco
SBWire (press release) - January 10, 2014

In what has been the latest in the in the electronic cigarette battle has been in the city of South San Francisco that has issued a 45-day temporary ban on the construction of new vaping, however this ban halt on new permits and licenses does not apply to retailers. This moratorium will enable the city to be able to study and evaluate the effects of e cigarettes and determine whether if there is need for changing the zoning laws to limit the use of the smoking devices. Yet many analysts note that South San Francisco council does not appear aiming to ban "vaping", but rather they are adopting a modified wait and see policy as their council members want to know more about the health effects of which have not been fully researched. This moratorium was based on a vote on Wednesday night, which makes the South San Francisco City to be the latest city to join a growing list of cities that are implementing their own regulations on electronic cigarettes as well as inquiring on the health impacts of the smoking devices. Recently Union City voted last month to ban electric cigarette lounges and also so did New York vote to ban the use of the smoking devices in public areas. Yet Councilman Pradeep Gupta of South San Francisco City was quoted as saying "I don't know enough about it. I would like to look at the study as a way of getting myself more informed."

South San Francisco enacts moratorium on e-cigarette lounges
San Jose Mercury News January 9, 2014

The city of South San Francisco has stepped into the debate over electronic cigarettes, issuing a 45-day moratorium on new lounges where e-cigarettes are consumed.

E-cig lounge approved for Aliso Viejo center
OCRegister (subscription) - January 9, 2014

After debate about the products health risks and whether nicotine could end up in the hands of kids, the Aliso Viejo City Council voted 3-2 to approve an application for a new electronic-cigarette lounge at the citys Target shopping center at La Paz Road and Pacific Park Drive.

Health Concerns or Hypocrisy? On a Smoke-Free UCSB
Daily Nexus - January 8, 2014

The question of priorities is a hard one for university administration to answer, and Chancellor Yang's recent email announcement of UCSB's smoking ban ...

CPP should consider a smoking ban
The Poly Post - January 7, 2014

Walking to and from classes on any given day students consistently walk through clouds of cigarette smoke. Students congregate and smoke in front of the University Library, Bronco Bookstore and Marketplace, making it impossible for non-smoking students to enjoy the unique outdoor spaces Cal Poly Pomona has to offer. CPP should ban all smoking on-campus so students who do not smoke do not have to be exposed to toxic secondhand smoke.

UCI Says OK to E-Cigs
New University Online - January 7, 2014

UC Irvine continues to allow the use of electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco on campus despite the University of California's new smoke-free policy as of ...

EDITORIAL: UC Acts To Cease The Smoke
New University Newspaper - January 7, 2014

UCI, like all schools, is a learning institution. It is a place for study, for engaging in intellectual discourse, and for meeting others who share the same academic and recreational interests and goals. It is not a place for recreational drug use. ...

UCSB Bans Smoking on Campus
Daily Nexus January 6, 2014

Today marks the first school day that UCSB students will not be allowed to light up on campus. According to a UC Office of the President report, roughly eight percent of UC students smoke. At UCSB, roughly 33 percent of students smoke cigarettes, half of which reported smoking within a month of taking the survey, according to an assessment conducted in 2011 by the American College Health Association. This is slightly higher than the national average for college students, which is roughly 28 percent according to Americans for Non-smokers Rights.

Students should take smoking ban seriously
Daily Aztec - January 6, 2014

They are small: about three inches long, rolled with white paper and generally come 20 to a pack. Depending on who you are, they may be considered either a ... Secondhand smoke is the biggest driver of initiatives to regulate smoking. Not only can secondhand smoke be unpleasant and irritating to others, it can actually kill them. It may sound dramatic, but its not. According to the CDC, secondhand smoke contains more than 7000 chemicals. Hundreds are toxic and about 70 can cause cancer.

UCSB Bans Smoking on Campus
Daily Nexus - January 6, 2014

Today marks the first school day that UCSB students will not be allowed to light up on campus. According to a UC Office of the President report, roughly eight percent of UC students smoke. At UCSB, roughly 33 percent of students smoke cigarettes, half of which reported smoking within a month of taking the survey, according to an assessment conducted in 2011 by the American College Health Association. This is slightly higher than the national average for college students, which is roughly 28 percent according to Americans for Non-smokers Rights.

SO MOVED: Council Takes On Housing Plan, Ballot Issues In First Meeting
Gazette Newspapers - January 6, 2014

Long Beachs City Council will start the new year off with a bang a heavy agenda next Tuesday that includes the public hearing on the next Housing Element of the citys General Plan and a proposal to give residents a chance to vote on allowing fireworks and whether to tax medical marijuana. ...

UCI Defies UC Ban on Smoking, Allows E-Cigarettes on Campus
OC Weekly (blog)-by LP Hastings - January 3, 2014

January 1 marked the University of California school system's kickoff of smoke-free campuses. From Santa Barbara to Berkley, students are no longer allowed to light-up on campus, in parking lots, and even in their cars. But what about e-cigarettes or chewing tobacco? Those nicotine-delivering products aren't allowed either! (Just kidding about chewing tobacco; nobody does that anymore). However, UC Irvine has decided to take a less totalitarian approach, and is the only campus to allow e-cigs.

Smoking ban to be a campus-by-campus decision, officials say
Vallejo Times-Herald - January 3, 2014

California Maritime Academy students can't smoke in classrooms, inside buildings or spots along the waterfront. But there are pockets in the campus where they can light up without getting caught.

Law Makes Coronado Look Biased
Coronado Eagle and Journal - January 2, 2014

In reference to the Coronado Clearing the Air article in the Dec. 26th issue of the U.T. and the Coronado Eagle & Journal article Public Smoking Ban Into Effect With the New Year article of the same date we must comment as residents of Coronado for over 30 years. What is lawful or thoughtful about restricting smoking in such a way? Why are the Coronado Golf Course and the Hotel Del Coronado exempt? Is this discriminatory to other large, small and boutique hotels, etc?

Irvine only campus in UC system allowing e-cigs amid ban
Orange County Register - January 2, 2014

UC Irvine will continue to allow the use of electronic cigarettes on campus even as the university begins enforcing a smoke-free environment today, a policy that contradicts a University of California edict to ban the nicotine-vapor product. 1,182: Number of U.S. colleges that have gone smoke-free, according to the Berkeley-based American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation ...

Where there's smoke, there's controversy
Sacramento News & Review - January 2, 2014

Last month, a coterie of Sacramentos most influential restaurant and bar magnates sat down with Councilman Steve Hansen and other local business leaders to sip coffee and debate cigarettes. The closed-to-the-press meeting at a Midtown cafe centered around one divisive question: Should the city outlaw smoking on restaurant patios and outdoor areas that extend into the public space?

Support for banning cig smoke at SDSU: Letter to the editor
U-T San Diego - January 2, 2014

I applaud the smoking ban at SDSU (SDSU joins ranks of smoke-free campuses, Dec. 30), and also that people are being encouraged to be kind and polite if they ask someone to put out a cigarette.

San Diego State University Joins College Bans On Butts
KPBS - January 2, 2014

Previously, San Diego State University had allowed smoking in 12 areas on campus, including a number of parking lots.

Our Voice: Big ban on campus
The Desert Sun - January 1, 2014

But just in case, the University of California and California State University systems are taking steps to stamp out smoking. The UC system announced its ban in 2012, but left implementation up to individual campuses. Timothy P. White, chancellor of the Cal State system, says he supports a systemwide ban on the sale and use of tobacco products but also left it up to each campus. ...

Smoking ban takes effect on UC,CSU campuses
Daily Democrat - January 1, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Schools in California's public university systems are stamping out smoking in hopes that it will help improve the health of students, faculty ...

New No-Smoking Ordinance Effective January 1
Coronado (CA) - December 30, 2013

Beginning New Year's Day, smoking will no longer be permitted outdoors on public property in Coronado. The sweeping no-smoking ban includes public streets, highways, alleys, rights of way, parkways, sidewalks, parking lots and pathways.

Pasadena City College to become entirely smoke-free on New ...
Pasadena Star-News - December 30, 2013

The new year at Pasadena City College will kick off with a resolution to keep campus healthier and cleaner by eliminating tobacco use.

Arcata smoking smackdown's win for PC crowd
Times-Standard - December 29, 2013

Put down the torches and pitchforks. The witch hunt is over. Cigarette smokers are officially lepers and social pariahs in Arcata. The asphyxiatingly self-righteous little hippie enclave is working to criminalize cigarette smoking within a large portion of the city limits. The Arcata City Council (Big Brother) is considering expanding an existing smoking ban beyond the streets surrounding the Plaza into residential areas of town.

Palm Springs council sets marijuana dispensary tax at 10 percent
The Desert Sun - December 19, 2013

The three legal medical marijuana dispensaries will now be required to pay the city 10 percent of their proceeds starting Jan. 1 while the illegal operations will ...

Del Mar Fairgrounds board to consider e-cigarette ban
Del Mar Times - December 18, 2013

The board heard a report about the newly instituted smoking ban at its meeting on ... also addressed the board, urging it to consider banning e-cigarettes ...

City to discuss keeping e-cigs from minors
U-T San Diego - December 17, 2013

OCEANSIDE - The Oceanside City Council will talk this week about ways to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of teens. In California, it is already ...

City Council Takes On E-Cigarette Use A Burning Question: Should Local Government Regulate E-Cigarette Use?
Long Beach Business Journal - December 17, 2013

The Long Beach City Council voted December 3 on an item requesting the city attorney draft an ordinance to include e-cigarettes and nicotine vapor devices in ...

Donald Bucklin: E-cigarettes an effort to hook new generation of ...
Modesto Bee - December 16, 2013

About a year ago, I was surprised to find out from my daughter that hookah pens were all the rage among the high school crowd. E-cigarettes/hookah pens are kind of a half-full/half-empty sort of thing. The industry likes to take the high road. It wants you to believe that if you are a two- or ... If the trend continues with hookah pens, next year there will be 2 million, and before long, a new generation of smokers. Does the expression gateway drug come to mind?
Are hookah pens the latest version of Joe Camel? Are they wrapped in purple paper and sold at head shops to attract adult smokers or teens? Interestingly, when one of the largest university systems in the world the University of California decided to ban smoking on all its campuses effective Jan. 1, it included e-cigarettes in the ban. The California State University system is considering a similar ban.

Long Beach ballot measure would tax medical marijuana businesses
Long Beach Press-Telegram - December 15, 2013

Any dispensaries created by a City Council effort to allow medical marijuana in Long Beach could be subject to a new tax that might be placed on the April ballot.

EDITORIAL: The tobacco threat returns
Fresno Bee - December 14, 2013

The first involves Assembly Member Richard Pan, a Sacramento physician who probably didn't think his legislation would threaten one of California's true public health success stories a dramatic decline in smoking by state residents. The second is electronic cigarettes. As described in a Nov. 26 story by Sarah Sexton, a Bee Washington Bureau reporter, e-cigs "look like traditional cigarettes but are battery-operated products that heat tobacco-derived nicotine and other chemicals into a vapor that the user inhales." Meanwhile, the California Department of Public Health has read the letter of Pan's law, Assembly Bill 906. Advocated by public employee unions including the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Pan's bill seeks to force state departments to use state workers whenever possible. Citing that measure, state health officers are contemplating ending contracts with nongovernmental organizations that have spent years fighting the tobacco industry, and have succeeded. A board that oversees California's tobacco-control program was so alarmed by the department's review that it convened an emergency meeting last week.

Sacramento State to be first tobacco-free CSU campus - December 13, 2013

President Alexander Gonzalez signed a policy Thursday that will make Sacramento State the first California State University tobacco-free campus, effective fall ...

USD campus to be tobacco free
USD Vista - December 12, 2013

For some it is a nuisance and for others an addictive habit, USD is looking at possibly becoming tobacco free. Students convened Thurs. Dec. 5 for a campus ...

EDITORIAL: Campus-wide smoking ban a smoldering mess
The Daily Titan - December 12, 2013

Passing a campus-wide smoking ban and eliminating smoking on campus are two entirely different things. While one is an aspiration, the other is a challenge in ...

Biz Owner Challenges E-Cigarette Ban: Carlbad passed a ban earlier this month
NBC 7 San Diego - December 10, 2013

The co-owner of an e-cigarette and vape bar in Carlsbad will challenge a recent city ban on e-cigarettes. Dan Daniel with Mix Vapes will be speaking at a city council meeting at 10 on Tuesday.

Lakewood council to consider new commercial development fee for ...
Long Beach Press-Telegram - December 9, 2013

Also on the agenda, the council will hold a public hearing on an ordinance that would create zoning regulations for tobacco and nicotine products, including electronic cigarettes. The proposed ordinance would only apply to new retail locations that have more than 50 percent of their display area or gross sales generated from tobacco or nicotine products, including paraphernalia. Last month, the council approved an ordinance regulating e-cigs the same as cigarettes and other tobacco products in the city and subject to all state laws. That means people wont be able to use e-cigs, also known as vapor devices, in restaurants, government buildings or public places. Minors are also prohibited from their purchase and use. Under that ordinance, which goes into effect Thursday, an e-cigarette store will continue to be allowed to offer samples of vapors, which come in various flavored liquids. Smoking lounges, however, are not allowed in Lakewood under zoning rules.

E-cig health concerns just blowing smoke?
San Francisco Chronicle - December 9, 2013

Designed as an alternative for smokers in public spaces where cigarettes are banned, the battery-powered devices are increasingly getting the cold shoulder from city governments. Lawmakers around the country have adopted a flurry of measures approving bans on the use of the devices in public places where smoking is already prohibited. City councils in Richmond and Los Angeles last week approved bans on e-cigs in most public places.

Smoking ban effective on Jan 1.
Daily Aztec - December 6, 2013

Last Tuesday, the San Diego State University Senate heard an update announcing that the new campus-wide smoking ban will go into effect on Jan. 1., 2014.

Satterlund, T.D.; Treiber, J.; Haun, S.; Cassady, D., "Evaluating local policy adoption campaigns in California: tobacco retail license (TRL) adoption," Journal of Community Health [Epub ahead of print], December 6, 2013.

LA City Council Votes to Regulate E-Cigarettes
TIME - December 5, 2013

The Los Angeles city council voted Wednesday to regulate the sale of e-cigarettes, moving forward with regulations that are being considered by the federal government and cities across the country.

E-cigarette bans in LA, Long Beach, San Bernardino are premature ...
Los Angeles Daily News - December 5, 2013

City and county leaders all over Southern California are caught up in a frenzy of restricting the use of electronic cigarettes, with Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Bernardino officials taking steps this week to regulate them like tobacco products. A frenzy is just what this is, not reasoned deliberation.

Berkeley bans tobacco smoking in condos, apartments
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) - December 5, 2013

BERKELEYSIDE: Smoking cigarettes is slated to be prohibited inside the units of multi-family housing in Berkeley, effective May 2014, after a unanimous vote by ...

E-Cigarettes: Safe Alternative To Smoking Or Gateway To Nicotine Addiction?
KPBS - December 5, 2013

E-cigarettes offer the sensation of smoking, without burning tobacco. These battery-operated devices heat up liquid nicotine and turn it into vapor. Users say theyre a lot safer than smoking cigarettes. But public health experts arent so sure.

Flash: Smoke-Free Apartments Will Be the Law in Berkeley on May 1
Berkeley Daily Planet December 4, 2013

The Berkeley City Council unanimously supported an ordinance making 100% of all multi-unit housing smokefree at its Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 council meeting. Serena Chen of the American Lung Association and Liz Williams of Americans for Nonsmokers' rights were among the supportive speakers.

Berkeley moves forward with ordinance to ban smoking in multiunit housing
Daily Californian - December 4, 2013

As soon as next May, smokers living in the city of Berkeley may have one fewer place to light up their cigarettes. Im so thrilled that finally its come to fruition, said Berkeley resident Carol Denney, a cancer patient who has been working with the city on this issue for about six years. I live next to chain-smokers, but I cant afford to move. A lot of people are in similar circumstances. There are 32 other counties and cities in California that have adopted either partial or complete ordinances banning smoking in multiunit housing, according to Liz Williams, project manager for Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, a national lobbying organization housed in Berkeley. A smoke-free ordinance isnt just about telling people what they can and cannot do, said Valerie Yerger, an associate professor in health policy at UC San Francisco. Its about protecting people, especially vulnerable children and families. Even when the smoke clears, theres still toxic tobacco residue.

California cities make moves against e-cigarettes
Ventura County Star - December 4, 2013

Vials of flavored liquid are seen at Vapeology LA, a store selling electronic ... and are healthier because they don't create cigarette tars or secondhand tobacco ...

Cities Crack Down on E-Cigarettes
Los Angeles Business Journal - December 4, 2013

City councils in both Los Angeles and Long Beach have voted to restrict sales and use of electronic cigarettes.

Richmond, Carlsbad ban e-cigarettes
Manteca Bulletin - December 4, 2013

RICHMOND (AP) Two California cities have voted to ban electronic cigarettes while a motion will be introduced Wednesday in Los Angeles to limit the ...

E-cigarettes banned at all San Bernardino County facilities
San Bernardino Sun - December 4, 2013

On Tuesday, the city of Richmond in the Bay Area unanimously approved an ordinance prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, ...

Council Unanimously Supports Possible Amendment to Regulate E-Cigarettes
Long Beach Post - December 4, 2013

The Long Beach City Council unanimously supported a request that the City Attorney look into amending the Municipal Code regarding tobacco include e-cigarettes and vapor devices, as well as products which contain biologically active amounts of nicotine.

Richmond City votes to ban e-cigarettes in public spaces, impose $1,000 fines
KSWT-TV - December 4, 2013

The Contra Costa Times reports ( the Richmond City Council voted Tuesday to adopt a new ordinance that would prohibit e-cigarettes.

Berkeley rental units will soon be smoke-free
Inside Bay Area - December 4, 2013

BERKELEY -- The city's apartment and condominium complex dwellers will soon be free from neighbors' cigarette smoke wafting through air vents or curling up ...

Calif. Cities Ban E-Cigs
AP - Associated Press - December 4, 2013

Both the cities of Richmond and Carlsbad voted to prohibit the battery-powered devices ... In Los Angeles, city councilmembers will consider two motions dealing with e-cigarettes -- one that seeks to regulate sales to kids and another that directs the ci

Richmond officials approve E-cigarette ban in public spaces

KTVU San Francisco - December 3, 2013

Richmond city officials took the first step Tuesday night toward banning ... fact alone is reason enough to include e-cigarettes in the city's normal smoking ban.

Carlsbad City Council votes to ban use of e-cigarettes in public ...
10News - December 4, 2013

Health advocates say the secondhand smoke risks are just as bad. The American Lung Association has come down on the side of banning the electronic ...

City Council may snuff out e-cigarettes
Orange County (CA) Register - December 4, 2013

On Tuesday night, the council voted 8-0 to have City Attorney Charles Parkin find ways to amend the City Code to regulate the trendy electronic cigarettes just like traditional tobacco products.

Possible smoking ban gains fans
Coast Report - December 4, 2013

In response to the smoking ban petition, another advocating for smokers' ... wish to decide either way whether smoking should be banned on the school campus.

Long Beach Joins Other Cities in Proposing E-Cigarette Regulation
Long Beach (CA) Post - December 4, 2013

Councilmembers Dee Andrews and Suja Lowenthal are proposing that the City Attorney amend the Municipal Code to require vaporizing devices, including e-cigarettes, to be included within the City's tobacco ordinance. This would put e-cigarettes on the same

Los Angeles expected to regulate e-cigarettes
Torrance (CA) Daily Breeze - December 4, 2013

City Council is expected to begin the process Wednesday to regulate the sales and use of e-cigarettes. Several public officials will attend a news conference at 9 a.m. Wednesday at City Hall to announce their plans. The council will consider two ...

E-Cigarette Smoking Could be Banned at L.A. Restaurants, Beaches

... soon be banned in the same places that prohibit lighting up regular smokes. ... electronic devices the same way that cigarette smoking is regulated in town.

Letter: Smoke-free campus is better overall

Glendale Community College recently became a 100% smoke-free campus. ... Now the campus is much cleaner and the area has become more enjoyable and comfortable.

Sunken Gardens smoking ban expanded
Atascadero News- November 27, 2013

“In 2009, Atascadero banned smoking in our city parks,” Atascadero Police ... The unintended consequences, as a result of that smoking ban, it migrated other ...

Have Questions on the City's New Smoking Ordinance? We Have ... – November 27, 2013

Public Property: Besides the City's current prohibition on smoking in parks and beaches, the new ordinance prohibits smoking on all public property, including ...

Alhambra's City Council bans e-cigarette use in public places
Pasadena Star-News - November 27, 2013

ALHAMBRA >> The City Council laid the smackdown on electronic cigarette ... e-cigarette smokers could now be fined for using vaporizers in city-owned or ...

Delta revisits smoking ban
Stockton Record - November 22, 2013

University of the Pacific is not smoke-free, but smoking is banned inside of ... And trustees on Tuesday sounded agreeable to banning smoking altogether, ...

Health campaign targets smoking in LGBT community
Los Angeles Times - November 22, 2013

Gay, lesbian and bisexual adults in Los Angeles smoke at a rate more than 50% higher than their straight counterparts and suffer disproportionately from the ill effects of tobacco use, health officials reported Thursday at the introduction of a new count

California smoking ban said to be most stringent in US - November 22, 2013

California smoking ban said to be most stringent in U.S. ... The U.S. Congress passed an anti-smoking bill that gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration a ...

Smoking ordinance goes into effect
Marinscope Community Newspapers – November 21, 2013

The latest ban is part of an ordinance that was passed by San Rafael City Council in ... It banned smoking in all park and recreation areas, sidewalks, pedestrian ...

Local apartment complex goes smoke-free
10News - November 21, 2013

Local apartment complex goes smoke-free ... which has 300 units, is the first complex under a new county program called Healthy Works to become smoke-free.

California Town Bans Smoking in Condos and Apartments That ...
ABC News - November 21, 2013

The town of San Rafael, Calif., has passed a ban on smoking that city officials have called the most ... New York City bans tobacco sales to anyone under 21.

City's looks to spread smoking ban downtown
Palo Alto Online - November 19, 2013

Palo Alto's ever expanding ban on smoking is now drifting toward downtown and ... banning outdoor smoking in the city's two primary business thoroughfares. ... The council discussion followed a familiar pattern when it comes to smoking bans, ... he is not convinced that it should also be banned on public thoroughfares.

More Teeth Needed in Berkeley Smoking Ban in Multi-unit Housing ... Charles Burress - November 18, 2013

The council has already approved the drafting of a smoking ban in multi-unit housing, ... Berkeley has smoking bans in place for most public places in the city, ...

Berkeley would ban smoking in homes, exempt pot
Record-Searchlight (blog) - November 18, 2013

Berkeley would ban smoking in homes, exempt pot ... his fellow councilmembers to expand smoking bans to include single-family ... The ban would exempt e-cigarettes and in true Berkeley fashion, the use of ... Violators may be banned.

Berkeley to Consider Ban on Smoking in Single-Family Homes - November 18, 2013

The Golden State was the first in the nation to institute a statewide ban on smoking ... his fellow councilmembers to expand smoking bans to include single-family ...

Lift the ban on e-cigarettes
Daily Californian - November 15, 2013

For decades, American society has been moving toward a complete ban on smoking tobacco. Since about the mid-20th century, when scientific studies revealing the drugs devastating effects on the human body were made public, public policy and social attitudes have shifted more and more against tobacco. This is a good thing. But in executing its well-intentioned ban on consuming tobacco products on University of California campuses, the university administrations prohibition of e-cigarettes is a step too far.

Hawthorne ponders more restrictions on smoking
Daily Breeze - November 14, 2013

Its been nearly two decades since California banned smoking in bars, restaurants and other workplaces, but the city of Hawthorne is looking to impose further restrictions in areas still not regulated. On Tuesday night, City Council members agreed that smoking should be restricted at all outdoor dining areas, but they werent sure about banning it outside tattoo shops, as Lawndale has done, and parking lots a place where smokers cant light up in Hermosa Beach.

Berkeley's next smoking ban may hit home
San Francisco Chronicle - November 14, 2013

Berkeley, where residents take pride in exercising their personal freedoms and resisting government intrusion, is the site these days of a much different kind of movement - one to ban cigarette smoking from single-family homes. In general, smoking bans in multiunit dwellings have been very effective in prompting some smokers to quit, as well as protecting nonsmokers from the dangers of secondhand smoke, said Cynthia Hallett, executive director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a Berkeley nonprofit. "Laws like these help change the social norm," she said. "Really, we shouldn't be smoking indoors at all."

San Rafael's tough anti-tobacco ordinance goes into effect, bans smoking in apartment units
Marin Independent Journal - November 14, 2013

Smokers in San Rafael are no longer allowed to light up in apartments, condominiums and any other residential units that share a common wall per a city ordinance that took effect Thursday.

Palo Alto to consider extending outdoor smoking ban
San Jose Mercury News - November 14, 2013

Four members of the Palo Alto City Council want to extend the city's outdoor smoking ban to the downtown and California Avenue business districts. The proposal by Mayor Greg Scharff, Vice Mayor Nancy Shepherd and council members Karen Holman and Gail Price would build on the city council's decision earlier this year to outlaw smoking in parks and increase the no-smoking buffer around public building entrances to 25 feet.

Palo Alto eyes smoking ban downtown
Palo Alto Online - November 14, 2013

Having snuffed out smoking at local parks earlier this year, Palo Alto officials are now proposing to extend the cigarette ban to the city's two most prominent business districts.

MILLER: Don't ban smoking at Coast
The Coast Report November 13, 2013

Secondhand smoke is of no harm to anyone when its outdoors, because it dissipates so quickly and is never concentrated. Most people take in many more toxins on a daily basis then they may be led to believe ones much worse than any outdoor secondhand ...

VIDEO: Vapor Vs. Smoke: A Look At The E-Cigarette Craze In San Diego
KPBS TV/FM (San Diego, CA) - November 13, 2013

GUEST: Dr. Thomas Novotny ... many health advocates are wary of the new devices. They say they are largely untested, and claim they are being marketed to teenagers.

Electronic cigarette store proposed downtown
Ukiah Daily Journal - November 13, 2013

The Ukiah Planning Commission tonight will review a proposal to open a store selling electronic cigarettes, or E-Cigarettes, downtown. According to the ...

UCR clears the air about smoke-free policy
Highlander Newspaper - November 12, 2013

Beginning Jan. 2, 2014, UCR will implement the campus-wide policy of maintaining a nicotine-free environment, which will apply to all students, faculty members, staff, contractors and visitors. The new policy bans the use of cigarettes, tobacco, electronic-cigarettes, unregulated nicotine and other smokeless tobacco products such as chewing tobacco on campus. Partial exemptions to the policy will be granted for research, educational or clinical purposes and traditional ceremonies of cultural and religious groups. It will be regulated upon all university-controlled property, including land, buildings, parking lots and private residential space owned by the UC.

E-cigarettes picking up steam
Visalia Times-Delta - November 12, 2013

You probably haven't smelled them, but perhaps you've seen them: Electronic cigarettes are gaining popularity in Tulare County. Local smoke shops report that ...

'Vaping' trend a form of tobacco-free smoking concerns health industry
The Advocate - November 9, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif. Brandon Lockridge and his electrician-school classmate stopped into The Vape Bar in San Jose, Calif., bellied up to the shiny wooden bar and ordered the usual.

Arcata may extend smoking ban boundaries: Police chief recommends council to hold off
Times-Standard - November 8, 2013

Arcata may consider expanding the boundaries of its smoking ban beyond the streets surrounding the Plaza after hearing complaints from nearby residents. Since the amended ordinance -- which created 30-foot no-smoking zones in front of businesses and common areas of apartment buildings, excluding designated smoking areas -- went into effect in July, smokers have moved over to the residential areas of J Street, Councilwoman Susan Ornelas said. People have called me and made the suggestion that we could move it over to K Street, because at least that's commercial, Ornelas said. That make some sense to me because I feel like we should work with our community members. I don't think we should frustrate the residents over on J Street. That wasn't our intent.

Smoking banned on Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey
Monterey County Herald - November 7, 2013

Monterey prohibits smoking in several public places, including the Recreation Trail, city beaches and covered public parking lots. In December, Fisherman's Wharf will join the list of city spots where lighting up is illegal. The City Council this week, at the request of the wharf business association, voted 5-0 to ban smoking on the tourist-oriented wharf.

College district may ban smoking on campus
Daily Pilot - November 7, 2013

The Coast Community College District is seeking feedback from students and faculty at its three campuses before considering a districtwide smoking ban.

Berkeley Vapers Called to Action to Oppose E-Cig Usage Ban - November 7, 2013

TUSTIN, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 7, 2013) - The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA) has issued a "Call to Action" for e-cigarette users in the Berkeley City Council (San Francisco) area to oppose the unjustifiable proposal to ban "vaping" in existing "No Smoking" areas. The council will meet on the 12th of November at 7 pm, and although the legislation is unlikely to be discussed, the meeting provides users a valuable opportunity to speak before the council. E-cigarettes have the potential to save countless lives across California, and this legislation will only limit their appeal and effectiveness.

Smoking ordinance goes into effect Nov. 14
Marinscope Community Newspapers - November 7, 2013

In October 2012, the San Rafael City Council passed an ordinance strengthening the citys municipal code to further protect the community from secondhand smoke. As of November 14, 2013, smoking is prohibited in all duplex and multi-family residential units that share a common wall.

AS Board of Directors talks smoking ban, new appointments
Daily Aztec - November 7, 2013

Plans for a campus-wide smoking ban have been approved by a university-employee union, allowing it to move forward, Nancy Demich, assistant to the vice president of business and financial affairs, told the Associated Students Board of Directors at its Nov. 4 meeting.

Hermosa Beach voters reject bar restrictions, oust Kit Bobko in favor of women candidates
Daily Breeze - November 6, 2013

Hermosa Beach voters resoundingly rejected a measure that would have forced downtown hot spots to close early, and also denied Mayor Kit Bobko a third term while handing a second term to Councilman Jeff Duclos in a narrow race on Tuesday night. Petty, Bobko and Bowler campaigned on similar fiscally conservative, pro-business platforms. While all candidates emphasized the importance of the environment largely because of the proposed oil-drilling project Bowler derided City Council policies that ban outdoor smoking, single-use plastic bags and polystyrene foam packaging.

TEMECULA: City amending rules on chickens, cats, pool slides and more
Press-Enterprise (blog) - November 6, 2013

On smoking, the definition of smoking will be broadened to include e-cigarettes, which the city defines as a device that emits liquid vapor containing nicotine.

Smoking issue ongoing
Renegade Rip - November 6, 2013

Student Government Association President Travis Tillis has confirmed that the discussion regarding whether to proceed with a full tobacco ban on the Bakersfield College campus or implement designated smoking areas will continue during the Kern Community College District Consultation Councils meeting on Nov. 26. Tillis said that designated smoking areas, which KCCD is pushing for, could cost the district almost $100,000

Letter: Ban smoking in apartments next
Enterprise-Record - November 6, 2013

Letter: Ban smoking in apartments next. Chico Enterprise-Record. Posted: 11/06/2013 12:02:35 AM PST. Regarding the Oct. 30 story "Smoking bans in Chico ...

Expanded Smoking Regulations Ready for Prime Time
Lamorindaweekly - November 6, 2013

The new ordinance will support extending the smoking ban to include outdoor public areas like plazas and public events, for example the farmers' market, along with outdoor dining areas, new multi-family residences, and existing multi-family units that are newly leased or rented after the ordinance takes effect. In addition, smoking will be banned within 25 feet of building entries and windows.

Walter Michael of Willows is leading a campaign to make Sac State ...
Willows Journal - November 6, 2013

A Willows native is leading a student-run campaign to make California State University, Sacramento the first tobacco-free campus in the California State ...

New measures aim to boost tobacco-free policy
EIN News (press release ) November 6, 2013

As part of UCLA's Healthy Campus Initiative, the university enacted its tobacco-free policy six months ago on April 22, making it the first UC campus to do so and ...

BH City Council Denies Ban on E-Cigarettes
The Beverly Hills Courier - November 6, 2013

The Beverly Hills City Council heard dozens of comments Tuesday from people who say they have kicked smoking and use e-cigarettes in their place without ...

Lakewood Approves New Rules on E-Cigs, Vaporizers
Los Cerritos News - November 5, 2013

English: Two electronic cigarette models. Self-taken photograph by Equazcion. From top down: 1. RN4072 (full size “pen style”), fully assembled 2. RN4072 ...

Campus Wide E Cig Ban at University of California Reviews ...
SBWire (press release) - November 5, 2013

UC will see a system wide smoking ban effective January 2 and e cigarette is also ... In addition to the smoking ban, the UC system committee is highlighting ...

E-cigarettes included in University of California smoking ban
Honolulu Star-Advertiser - November 5, 2013

University of California officials are reminding students and faculty that the system wide smoking ban going into effect next year includes electronic cigarettes.

UC pulls plug on electronic cigarettes in systemwide smoking ban
San Jose Mercury News - November 5, 2013

BERKELEY -- A systemwide smoking ban at University of California campuses includes the controversial electronic cigarette, a tobacco smoking device whose backers claim is safer than traditional smokes.

San Diego County Board of Supervisors considers a policy on e-cigarettes
10News - November 5, 2013

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday will consider whether to have staff develop a policy on electronic cigarettes. The so-called ... Supervisors Dave Roberts and Ron Roberts will ask their colleagues to direct staff to review how e-cigarettes fit into the board's policy on smoking and tobacco use.

San Diego County Mulls E-Cigs Oversight
NBC 7 San Diego - November 5, 2013

San Diego County may soon join the cities and counties regulating electronic cigarettes. When the Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday, they will consider ...

Walnut Creek councilman works to repeal smoking rules, prevent ...
Vallejo Times-Herald - November 1, 2013

WALNUT CREEK -- Citing his oath to uphold the Constitution, Councilman Justin Wedel says Walnut Creek voters, not elected leaders, should decide where people can smoke and whether shoppers can choose paper or plastic.

City Councilman Starts Petition Drive Against Smoking Regulations ... - October 31, 2013

Councilman Justin Wedel says the latest smoking rules and a proposed bag ban are both intrusions into the private sector Walnut Creek City Councilman Justin Wedel has unleashed two petition campaigns to overturn part of the city's new smoking regulations as well as prevent it from banning plastic bags without approval from voters.

Bellflower extends freeze on shops selling e-cigarettes
Los Angeles Wave Newspapers - October 31, 2013

Neighboring Norwalk has placed a moratorium on any new tobacco shops that might sell the product but Bellflower's moratorium is only on e-cigarettes.

Hermosa Beach City Council candidates debate oil, money, alcohol
Daily Breeze - October 30, 2013

Bowler opposes the council's recent bans on outdoor smoking, polystyrene food ... If elected, he said he would oppose restrictions on businesses but wants ...

Graton Resort & Casino: Rohnert Park facility opening
San Francisco Chronicle - October 30, 2013

In one way the casino will be too much like Vegas for many visitors: Smoking will be allowed on most of the gaming floor. Some areas, such as the poker room and all restaurants, will be nonsmoking. And some gaming tables will be nonsmoking as well. Lori Nelson, a spokeswoman for Station Casinos, which has contracted with the Graton tribe to build and manage the casino, said ventilation systems will refresh the casino with outdoor air and keep smoke from migrating into restaurant areas.

Setting a trend for tobacco's end
Elk Grove (CA) Citizen - October 30, 2013

Elk Grove students have joined a mission to make California State University Sacramento (CSUS) the first tobacco-free CSU campus. The university’s student-run campaign, Hornets for a Healthy Hive is working to "Set a Trend for Tobacco's End," as its...

Smoking bans in Chico have mixed results
Enterprise-Record - October 30, 2013

CHICO -- It's been one year since a smoking ban was approved in Chico, ... open spaces and greenways, where regulations banning smoking took effect six ...

Scientists Criticize UC Berkeley's Ban on E-Cigs
East Bay Express - October 30, 2013

As a result, scientists who support bans on smoking cigarettes and other ... And when asked why e-cigarettes are banned even as a smoking-cessation tool at Cal, ... not justify banning e-cigs in public places — especially not in outdoor areas.

Lafayette City Council Approves Tougher Smoking Restrictions - October 28, 2013

The Lafayette City Council has added more restrictions to the anti-smoking laws ... The new ordinance prohibits smoking in more areas of the city, including multi-family housing projects, outdoor public areas, public events and outdoor dining areas.

More Young Teens Puffing On Electronic Cigarettes - October 28, 2013

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif.- A new addiction is butting its way into the hands of young teens. While one local organization is fired up about electronic cigarettes, others say the cigarettes are the new and healthy alternative to smoking.

Electronic cigarettes booming but face regulation
Register Pajaronian - October 28, 2013

Enter electronic cigarettes, a new and largely unregulated smoking method that allows smokers to take in nicotine without emitting smoke.

On the agenda: Alhambra Beautiful Awards, restrictions on e ...
Alhambra Source - October 28, 2013

Council will also consider for the second time the regulation of the use of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes and prohibition of the issuance of more permits to e-cigarette retailers around the city. E-cigarettes are metal tubes implanted with heating devices that vaporize a liquid solution, simulating the smoking of cigarettes or tobaccos. Some liquid ...

TEMECULA: Proposed rule on e-cigs to be reviewed by OMB
Press-Enterprise (blog) - October 28, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent its proposed rule on e-cigarettes to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for review, a big milestone for a document that is anxiously awaited by the owners of smoke and vaping shops here in town.

E-cigarettes give rise to 'vaping' bars for breathing sweet air
Contra Costa Times - October 28, 2013

Ken Miguel of San Jose exhales e-cigarette vapor on Oct. 18, 2013 at The Vape ... kick, from zero (flavor only) up to 24 mg, but no tobacco smoke is produced.

Photos: E-cigarettes and the art of vaping
San Jose Mercury News media center - October 27, 2013

E-cigarettes, which produce a lot of smoke just like the real thing but are healthier than tobacco products, are gaining popularity in the Bay Area.

Terraces Development, Smoking Prohibition Being Discussed By Two Lafayette Agencies on Monday Night - October 27, 2013

The Lafayette City Council will be considering stricter restrictions on smoking in the city while in another part of the building the city's Design Review Commission will hold a public hearing on The Terraces project.

COC student government gathering student input on e-cigarettes
Santa Clarita Valley Signal - October 26, 2013

Facing an industry that is rapidly rising in popularity nationwide and locally, the student government at College of the Canyons is examining whether to subject battery-powered electronic cigarettes to the same rules on campus as conventional ones. Electronic cigarettes, commonly referred to as e-cigarettes, are devices that provide doses of nicotine or other additives to the user in aerosol form, typically as a ...

Cerritos Council to consider moratorium on new e-cigarette ...
Long Beach Press-Telegram - October 23, 2013

Cerritos has one electronic cigarette retailer and hasnt received any complaints about it, but the city wants to place a 45-day moratorium on any new retailers that would sell e-cigarettes or vapors. We've had about 10 inquiries in the past six months from people asking about possible retail locations for e-cigarettes in the city, said Ryan Carey, advance ...

Vista bans indoor e-cigarette smoking - October 23, 2013

VISTA, Calif. A smoking method considered a cleaner alternative to lighting up a cigarette is still not acceptable enough for the City of Vista. The City Council voted 4 to 1 Tuesday evening to ban e-cigarettes from being used indoors at restaurants and most public places. They said the main reason is for enforcement, claiming it would cause some confusion between e-cigarettes and regular ones.

Lakewood council moves to regulate e-cigarettes
Long Beach Press-Telegram - October 23, 2013

The City Council approved an ordinance Tuesday setting the stage for regulating electronic cigarette use the same as tobacco products in the city. The city, for example, doesnt allow smoking in public places or restaurants, and that would apply to e-cigarettes.

Letters to the Walnut Creek Journal -- Praising the secondhand ...
Contra Costa Times - October 23, 2013

Council members 'heroes' to us
Four members of Walnut City Council are heroes to us. My husband and I lived comfortably in Rossmoor until a smoker moved into the unit below us. Suddenly, our home, our clothing and our hair reeked of tobacco smoke.

Cerean pushes for tobacco-free campuses
Ceres Courier- October 23, 2013

Ceres native Astrid Mazariegos aims to improve campus health in Sacramento in helping to run "Hornets for a Healthy Hive," a student campaign to make ...

Vista will treat e-cigs just like regular cigarettes
U-T San Diego - October 23, 2013

...will soon be banned in Vista restaurants and other public places where smoking is already prohibited. The Vista City Council by a 4-1 vote Tuesday approved a proposal to treat the smokeless devices like regular cigarettes. City Councilwoman Amanda Rigby...

CA Town Bans E-Cigs
KMJ Now - October 23, 2013

...Critics of the ban say there's no danger of secondhand smoke with e-cigarettes and no smell. Proponents of the ban say e-cigarettes are not proven to be safe ...

Vista CC: Obamacare, cabarets, e-cigs, and a pledge to an unseen ... - October 23, 2013

So surreal: we pledged allegiance to an unseen flag tonight. On Mayor Ritter's word that the American flag was beyond the council wall, we saluted a wall.

Pleasant Hill council rejects proposal to expand city's smoking ban
Contra Costa (CA) Times - October 22, 2013

City leaders on Monday rejected a proposal to extend the ban on smoking to the downtown and other shopping centers. Mayor Michael Harris, who has pushed for rules prohibiting smoking in public spaces in Pleasant Hill, suggested the new restrictions. ...

UCSB in a Haze Over Smoking Ban
The Bottom Line - October 23, 2013

...banning the use of cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and electronic ... “This committee isn't here to discuss the policy of smoking bans…it's ...

Smoking ban proposed at Saddleback College
OCRegister - October 22, 2013

The Academic Senate at Saddleback College is recommending a campuswide smoking ban to protect students and employees from “health hazards posed by ...

CSU smoking ban under consideration
The Collegian- October 22, 2013

Students, faculty and staff who look for designated smoking areas on campus may soon find only smoke-free areas with pamphlets to help promote a ...

U-T San Diego - October 22, 2013

Their proposal would prohibit the use of e-cigarettes “or similar smoking ... Councilman Cody Campbell proposed such a ban in June, but it was voted down 3-2. But even cities that have adopted those bans — including Carlsbad, Del Mar and El ... regulations — including prohibiting sales to minors and banning their use in ...

Should e-cigs be treated like regular cigarettes?
U-T San Diego - October 21, 2013

Their proposal would prohibit the use of e-cigarettes “or similar smoking ... Councilman Cody Campbell proposed such a ban in June, but it was voted down 3-2. But even cities that have adopted those bans — including Carlsbad, Del Mar and El ... regulations — including prohibiting sales to minors and banning their use in ...

Lakewood City Council to consider new regulations for e-cigarettes ...
Long Beach Press-Telegram - October 21, 2013

Electronic cigarettes are on their way to being regulated the same ... regulate e-cigarette use the same as tobacco products at its meeting tonight.

Electronic Cigarette Store RAD Vapor Brings Smoking Alternative to ... - October 18, 2013

Electronic cigarettes offer an alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes. Their products mimic the experience of smoking, though what one inhales is actually ...

Health Department Ups Enforcement on Tobacco Sales to Minors ...
Monterey County Weekly - October 17, 2013

Health Department Ups Enforcement on Tobacco Sales to Minors, Urges Cities ... two begins: Teenagers will go into stores undercover and try to buy cigarettes.

COOK/GRANGER: Marin Voice: A smoke-free Graton casino could be an advantage for the house
Marin Independent Journal - October 17, 2013

The majority of potential North Bay patrons are nonsmokers ... A smoke-free gaming policy will increase the health of tribal community members, increase the number of people spending money in tribal enterprises, and benefit the community as a whole.

Campus to Host Several Tobacco-free Events During November
UC Riverside - October 16, 2013

Campus to Host Several Tobacco-free Events During November. Highlights include Clear Air Expo on Nov. 6th and Great American Smokeout Mock Funeral on ...

Alhambra's City Council places moratoriums on e-cigarettes and tattoos
Pasadena (CA) Star-News - October 16, 2013

On a 3-1 vote, the council also passed the first reading of an ordinance that would place “vape” in the same category as old-school tobacco, meaning the city may eventually restrict smoking in public places, restaurants and parks. “The people who want t

Smoking: a right or an annoyance?
USD Vista - October 15, 2013

USD allows smoking on its campus, despite the recent ban by the University of ... should this campus follow the UC system in banning smoking on campus, ...

Campus smoking ban considered; favored by Academic Senate
Lariat Saddleback College - October 15, 2013

In the policy, cigars, cigarettes and pipes would be banned from campus, along ... by the recent smoking ban that took effect at California State University, Fullerton, ... Iowa is the only state to have passed legislation banning smoking on both ...

FORD: Cigarettes and life
Napa Valley (CA) Register - October 13, 2013

I was the executive director of the Napa Chamber of Commerce in 1991 when the chamber board voted in favor of a proposed city ordinance banning smoking in businesses that served food.

UC Campuses To Become Smoke, Tobacco-Free as of January 2014
Daily Nexus - October 15, 2013

UCSB is currently making the shift to going totally smoke-and-tobacco-free, as all universities in the 10-campus UC system will be officially designated as ...

Flavored Cigarillos Could Be Banned From Castro Valley, San ... - October 14, 2013

Little cigars with fruity or chocolate flavors, also known as flavored cigarillos, could be ... “But they are still smoking tobacco because of the tobacco leaf in the ...

Alameda County considers banning flavored cigarillos
Contra Costa Times - October 12, 2013

ALAMEDA COUNTY -- Flavored cigarillos, little cigars with the taste of fruit or ... "People were really surprised at all the types of tobacco products that are now ...

Coronado City Council Approves Public Smoking Ban; Receives ...
Coronado Eagle and Journal - October 10, 2013

Specifically the ordinance bans smoking within 25 feet of enclosed areas that ... Exempted from the smoking ban are the Coronado Municipal Golf Course and ...

Portion of Walnut Creek groundbreaking secondhand smoke law takes effect Oct. 31
San Jose Mercury News - October 9, 2013

Walnut Creek is about to be largely smoke-free, even though smokers and others continue to rail against the new secondhand smoke ordinance. "It's not OK with the residents of Rossmoor," said Debra Freeman a re