Last month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of bills that would increase the smoking age from 18 to 21, further regulate the use of e-cigarettes in public areas, and expand smoke-free areas around public schools. California is now the second state to raise the smoking age. Read the report from Access Sacramento.Read More 21 is the new smoking age for California
The Sacramento Community College is going smoke and tobacco free by the fall semester, making it the last of the Los Rios colleges to ban smoking on campus. This change comes after a survey last spring showed that about half of teachers and students said they would prefer a smoke-free campus. “In addition to being harmful to health, addiction to […]Read More Local college to go smoke-free
A new study focusing on Los Angeles high school students suggests that teens who try electronic cigarettes are more than twice as likely to move on to traditional tobacco as those who never try vape pens. This finding is a rebuttal to claims by e-cig makers that vape pens don’t threaten young people’s health, and are a useful quitting […]Read More Teens that try e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke
The Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement Act (Senate Bill 151) would prohibit the sale of tobacco products to people under the age of 21 in California. But local youth say the availability of tobacco products and the rise of e-cigarettes may doom the success of the bill even before it goes up for a […]Read More Raising the smoking age: East Valley youth respond
A new shop called “High Tide Vapes” recently opened in Crescent City, an emerging market in northern California: e-cigarettes, or “vapes.” Vape sellers argue that their product helps smokers quit tobacco, but health authorities warn against using them as a “safe alternative.” E-cigarettes have not been studied long-term, and their harm-free image threatens to create a new addiction for youth who never […]Read More Vaping: too big a hit?
Many youth are taking up e-cigarettes saying they want to quit tobacco or keep smoking minus the health effects, but the reality is the substitution won’t help them accomplish much beyond smoking in public places where tobacco has been banned. One youth who took a job as a “brand salesman” for an e-cigarette company divulges what is known about the […]Read More Confessions of an e-cig salesman
Entrant at the Third Annual Youth Media Forum For Social Change – 2012. Students Reaching Out (SRO) at Encina Preparatory High School in Sacramento created a mini-documentary to highlights student opinions on the impact of substance abuse.Read More The social impacts of substance abuse
Jaleesa was as surprised that her mother quit smoking as she was unsurprised when she started again a month later. “I’m sort of angry with her for giving in so easily, and that almost makes me want to say forget it and not even care about her problem.” Read the story on The Know.Read More On and off the cigarette wagon with my mom