Monthly Archives: June 2010

Fad or Friend?

I recently watched a YouTube video on the current global social media “fad”. What struck me most was how increasingly popular it continues to become at a pace unheard of by any medium before it. For instance, it took the iPod 3 years to reach 50 million users while Facebook reached 200 million in less than ONE YEAR. And today, as I was perusing Mashable, I came across another article touting the popularity of social media usership and how it is increasing even with its current users. Looks like your average social media user spends 66% more time on these sites than he did a year ago. Read More »

Who’s making the grade when it comes to tobacco prevention?

By Guest Blogger – Nicole Coxe, Santa Clara County Public Health Department, Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention

In the case of Santa Clara County, it’s more like who’s NOT earning good grades—though, we prefer to focus on the positives. Read More »

Should the release of poison gases in apartments be prohibited?

By Guest Blogger  – Serena Chen, American Lung Association in California

Hmm.  Let me think about that.   Uh, yeah.  This poison gas has arsenic, benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide among the 4,000 toxic chemicals that are released and it’s otherwise known as secondhand tobacco smoke.   The New England Journal of Medicine published an article last week called Regulation of Smoking in Public Housing by Jonathan Winickoff, MD,  Mark Gottlieb, JD, and  Michelle Mello, JD, PhD – adding yet another set of powerful voices calling for restrictions on smoking where people live.  This article covers the health and ethical reasons why smoke should be prohibited in public housing. Read More »

The Art of Saying No

I have been volunteer signature gathering for the California Cancer Research Act in my personal time and overall it has been a great experience trying to collect signatures and get a life-saving initiative qualified for the ballot.  The one thing that takes getting used to is hearing no, and hearing no a lot.

After this experience, I will rethink how I respond to people Read More »

A New Prescription for Tobacco-free Pharmacies

Ugh. Earlier this week the appeals court judges sided with Walgreens against San Francisco’s tobacco-free pharmacy law — quite a disappointment.

Court of Appeal Justice William McGuiness is quoted as saying, “There is no rational basis to believe the supposed implied message conveyed by selling tobacco products at a Walgreens that has a licensed pharmacy in the back of the store is different in any meaningful way from the implied message conveyed by selling such products at a supermarket or big box store that contains a licensed pharmacy.” Read More »