Tag Archives: Tobacco

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 »

The American Lung Association Releases its 6th “Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage 2014 Report!”

To encourage and inform the public about tobacco cessation coverage, the American Lung Association released this new report which provides an overview of tobacco cessation coverage in Medicaid, state employee health insurance and other insurance.

By now, most people generally know that tobacco is harmful. However, there are many specific risks that most are uninformed about. Quitting smoking will immediately improve a smoker’s health and lower their risk for deadly diseases like heart disease and lung cancer. Not only does quitting smoking save lives, but it also saves money “from lower healthcare costs, increased workplace productivity and averted premature deaths.” With benefits like these, the American Lung Association stresses the need for policymakers, insurance plans and employers to help smokers quit. Included in this report is a plan of action for policymakers at both the state and federal level. Read More »

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 »

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 »

Our Favorite Moments of I&E Days 2014!

Every year, I&E Days allows tobacco prevention and public health individuals from all over California to come together at the State Capitol to educate their legislators on local and statewide tobacco issues. There were many highlights this year, however, we want to point out a single few favorite moments. Feel free to tell us your favorite part of I&E Days 2014 in the comment section below!

This is the 10th I&E Days I have attended. But it was my first year participating from behind the scenes and helping to plan the event. I had an opportunity to see how it is that all participants get assigned to their meetings, I even had an opportunity to help with assigning many of the participants as team leaders.

I have to admit it was a big change for me not to prepare to meet with my legislators this year, but I really enjoyed helping participants get ready for
their meetings. But my favorite part of this I&E Days was interacting with participants from across the State of California. Usually, I only interact with the LA folks, so it was great to meet so many people and to feel the great energy and enthusiasm that everyone brought to this year’s I&E Days. Looking forward to next year!

– Marlene Gomez

It’s always difficult for me to pick a favorite part of our Capitol I&E Days event because everything, really, is so much fun. From watching the newcomers learn and experience meetings for the first time, to networking with colleagues at the Meet and Greet, to hearing about the legislative visits, it’s a great experience from start to finish. But, I suppose if I have to pick, my favorite part of I&E Days was hearing Assembly Member Dr. Pan speak. Read More »