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Meet our New Intern: Brooke Trujillo

Meet our new intern Brooke Trujillo. We’re excited to have her on our team, working with Samantha on lots of policy related projects! Check out her Brooke PictureABCs and get to know her a little better.

A is for Area Code: 707

B is for Breakfast. What did you have for breakfast today? Scrambled Eggs with a cup of orange juice

C is for Calling. What do you consider your calling to be? I hope one day I can make a positive change in someone’s life.

D is for Dogs. Do you have any? Yes, named Holly.

E is for Energy. What do you do when you need more energy? I usually do stretches and drink coffee.

F is for Fun. What do you like to do for fun? I like to hang out with friends and just laugh.

G is for Greatest Accomplishment. What is yours? At my senior scholarship banquet I received a little less than $10,000 in scholarships from my community. I was deeply honored and blessed that I could relieve some of the burden that paying for college put on my parents.

H is for Hometown. Where are you from? Crescent City, California

I is for Interesting: Name one interesting fact about yourself. I was a Girl Scout for 12 years.

J is for Job Title. What is yours? Intern

K is for Kids. Do you have any? No

L is for Learning. What have you learned working at the American Lung Association thus far? I learned how to read data and extract information that is relevant to certain projects. As well as new information on Tobacco Policy.

M is for Millions. What would you do if you had a million dollars? First I would pay for my college tuition, than I would buy season tickets to all my favorite sport teams.

N is for Need. What is one thing you need or couldn’t live without? I could not live without my family. I talk to my mom every day and I try to talk to my older siblings at least twice a week.

O is for Occupation. What was your occupation before coming to the American Lung Association? I worked as a camp counselor during the summer.

P is for Pet Peeve. What is yours? Texting while driving.

Q is for Quote. Share your favorite quote. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” –Winston Churchill

R is for Right or Left? Are you a righty or a lefty? Righty

S is for Siblings. Do you have any? Yes, I have two older brothers and an older sister.

T is for Treat. What do you have/do when you want to treat yourself? I like to curl up and watch Netflix with some ice cream.

U is for Useless. Do you have a useless talent? I can drive a golf ball 250 yards.

V is for Vacation. What is the best vacation you have been on? In 2010, I went on a trip to Washington D.C., that trip made me realize that I wanted to pursue a career in History.

W is for Work. What made you decide to apply for a position with the American Lung Association? I worked for Tobacco Prevention Programs in my hometown and wanted to continue working towards a better environment and am interested in policy making.

X is for X-Ray. Have you ever had one? Why? Yes, my dentist wanted to look at my wisdom teeth.

Y is for Yummy. What is the yummiest food you make? I make really good chicken enchiladas.

Z is for Zodiac. What is your sign? Aries

Buying Dirty Air

Our annual State of the Air reports tell us that Californians face greater air pollution challenges than anywhere in the nation. Our volunteers, medical and health partners and staff fight for clean air because we know the terrible toll unhealthy air can take in terms of asthma attacks, strokes, ER visits, heart attacks and thousands of deaths per year in our state.

We have made so much progress in cutting harmful smog, soot and climate pollution, so why is the fight for clean air still so hard? Geography, weather, millions upon millions of cars and trucks, urban sprawl? Yes to all of the above, but there’s also the issue of lobbyists constantly trying to buy dirtier air.

Who’s buying dirty air? California’s oil industry is footing the bill, but they’re sharing with all of us. 

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Does Baseball Promote the Use of Smokeless Tobacco?

I grew up going to baseball games, specifically Dodger games, but this blog post is not about which baseball team is the best. (Go Dodgers!) Many of my friends growing up, including my little brother, played baseball.  I spent countless evenings at the little league field and at my high school baseball field watching my friends play. Our high school team even made it all the way to the championship my senior year and I watched them play at Angel’s Stadium.

Unfortunately, many of my friends who played baseball in high school picked up a horrible habit before turning 18.  They developed an addiction to smokeless or chewing tobacco.  They would use smokeless tobacco while playing baseball and eventually on a more regular basis. Most of them started smoking cigarettes as well. I can only speculate as to why they took up this horrible habit; they saw their favorite major league players using chewing tobacco.  Read More »

Supporting Our Partners

On an early Sunday morning, a few weeks ago as I was going around and around a dark high school track. I had some time to reflect. I was participating, along with the rest of Team Smoke Enders, in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, in the city of Campbell. If you’ve never participated in a Relay, it is truly an amazing event, bringing together survivors, caregivers and others who want to end cancer.

And that is a mission all of us in tobacco control can get behind. In fact, Team Smoke Enders, led by Bob Lorilla with the Santa Clara Public Health Department, is a team comprised of public health staff and tobacco control coalition members. While walking around the track I was thinking about how great an opportunity this was for tobacco control coalition to support an important member of our coalition – the American Cancer Society. And the same goes for the American Lung Association (which hosts Lung Force events around the state) and the American Heart Association (which has a Heart Walk). Read More »

State of Tobacco Control 2015

Hello world! A brand new and improved State of Tobacco Control – California Local Grades report is 6 months away from showing off its new changes! This is my third year working on this report and I believe this new grading methodology will highlight cities with the best tobacco control policies while pushing other jurisdictions to adopt stronger policies to protect the health of their community. Staff from all over the state were involved in these conversations and none of these changes in the report’s methodology were made lightly.

A major change occurring in this new methodology is in the Smokefree Housing Section. When the methodology for this report was first developed six years ago, there were very few smokefree housing policies passing and we were not sure what they would look like in the future. Since then, the bar has been raised by cities and counties across the state passing strong policies in all areas. Now that we know what these strong policies in housing look like, we are able to create a stronger grading methodology that will reflect these strong policies that we know will improve the health of California residents.

Another big change is the inclusion of a new section called Emerging Issues Bonus Points. This section lists Read More »