California

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.

2016 State Legislative Session: 01/04/2016 - 11/30/2016 (est.)

State Quitline: http://www.nobutts.org/

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)

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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…

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
MyMotherLode.com - 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
fox8.com - 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
NBCNews.com - 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
ABC10.com - 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
MyMotherLode.com - 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
Inquirer.net - 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
halfwheel.com - 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
Techwire.net - 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
halfwheel.com - 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
CSPnet.com - 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," ...

CALIFORNIA LIKELY TO PUT TOBACCO TAX HIKE ON 2016 BALLOT
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 ...
KIONrightnow.com - 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.

$2.5 BILLION VAPING BOOM DRAWS CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS
breitbart.com - October 20, 2015

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?
PublicCEO.com - 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
KIONrightnow.com - 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, www.mercedsunstar.com): 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: www.cityofmillvalley.org. 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 ...
CardPlayer.com - 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.
halfwheel.com- 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
SCVNEWS.com - 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 ...
Patch.com - 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
http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-california-lawmakers-fail-to-act-on-several-anti-tobacco-bills-20150912-story.html

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
ABC30.com - 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
Patch.com - 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
MyNewsLA.com - 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
ABC30.com - 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
Chargers.com - 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
Patch.com - 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?
Patch.com - 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
halfwheel.com - 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
halfwheel.com - 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: StillBlowingSmoke.com

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
SCVNEWS.com - 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
News10.net - 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.
halfwheel.com - 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 ...

COUGHING AND CIGARETTES
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 ...