Monthly Archives: June 2014

Cease-and-Desist Letters Sent to E-Cigarette Companies


Back in April, I wrote a post on how e-cigarette companies were making a fortune selling and marketing Girl Scout cookie e-liquid in flavors like Thin Mint, especially to youth. After writing the blog, I wondered how these e-cigarette companies were getting away with using trademarked names to market their products.  Not only are they using Girl Scout Cookie names as their flavors but they are also using other well known “youth” brand names such as Tootsie Roll and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

At the end of May, Girl Scouts of the USA, General Mills Inc., and Tootsie Roll Industries Inc. sent cease-and-desist letters to the e-liquid companies insisting that they stop using their brand names, or else they’ll take further legal action.  I was very happy to hear that these well-known companies, which market to youth, have all taken a stand against the e-cigarette companies. Read More »

Tobacco Use in Rural California: American Lung Association & CA4Health Release New Survey Results

Today, the American Lung Association and CA4Health released results from a survey of 12 rural California counties on tenants’ attitudes toward secondhand smoke in apartments and other multi-unit housing. These results show that tenants in rural communities are highly aware of the dangers of secondhand smoke and support protections against it in multi-unit housing. This survey found that 69% of rural tenants surveyed favor rules prohibiting smoking in outdoor common areas and 61% favor a ban on smoking inside apartment units.

Although California has many strong local tobacco control policies, rural California has not yet benefitted from the same protections as the rest of the state. However, this new survey shows that renters in these communities want the same protections. Read More »

Has Your Congressman Taken Tobacco Money?

Every six months the Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing releases new data on tobacco industry contributions to California legislators. This information is important because in California, tobacco interests spend millions of dollars every year on political campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures in an attempt to influence the political landscape at the state legislature. In fact, during the first year of the 2013-2014 election cycle, tobacco interests have already spent more than $2.7 million on campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures to influence legislative policy and elections in California. (And if you haven’t seen it, go check out our searchable contributions database to learn more about whether your legislators have taken contributions.)

Now there is exciting new information nationally on the number of Congress men & women who have (or have not) taken money from the tobacco industry. Read More »