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Cell phones, Juul, pregnancy, and Lou Holtz’s leadership lesson

Good morning, California. “We can’t have two Californias.”—Lenny Mendonca, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s chief economic and business adviser, to the Washington Post’s Scott Wilson for a story about booming Bakersfield’s cool side. Bakersfield Sound fans knew it all along. What’s ahead for your phone California is about to take center stage in the proposed $26.5 billion […]

Posted inCalifornia LegislatureEnvironmentPoliticsWater

Why a California lawmaker wants to ban cigarette filters and disposable vapes

California Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson’s bill to curb litter from cigarette butts and electronic cigarettes cleared the Senate but approaches its next hurdle in the Assembly. The bill aims to tackle hundreds of thousands of cigarette butts that litter the state’s coasts and hold the tobacco and e-cigarette industry accountable for the mess that its products make.

Posted inCalifornia LegislatureHealthPolitics

Industry aims to extinguish bills that would make California first state to ban flavored tobacco

As legislation to outlaw the sale of flavored-tobacco products flounders in the California Legislature, health advocates blame the influence the tobacco industry has with key state lawmakers. Vaping has skyrocketed among middle and high schoolers, many of whom are attracted by the sweet flavors. E-cigarette manufacturers such as Juul Labs in San Francisco say their products are intended only for adults and help them quit traditional cigarettes.

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JUUL and tobacco

Steve Heilig, former co-chair, San Francisco Tobacco-Free Coalition Ashley Gould of JUUL Labs is in denial in defending JUUL’s partnership with the world’s biggest marketer of toxic addicting tobacco. Decades of tobacco industry deceit have taught us to follow the money rather than their words, and JUUL is now using messages and tactics remarkably similar […]