Monthly Archives: July 2011

My Favorite Blogs: Great Tobacco Control Reading

Sure, we love our own blog, Center’s Stage. But we figure that once in awhile you might want to read something  else. In case you do, here are a couple of other California tobacco control blogs to check out:

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Tobacco Money: The Good

The Campaign for Tobacco Free-Kids recently updated their database of campaign contributions from the  tobacco industry to Members of Congress with data from the 2009-2010 election cycle.  California has two senators and 53 representatives and 15 out of the 55 California members (all 15 are representatives) accepted contributions from the tobacco industry.  This calculates out to 27 percent of the California Members of Congress taking campaign contributions from the industry responsible for the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.  So why is that good news?  Well, by comparison to Members of Congress from other states and California’s state legislators, California’s federal representatives are fairly responsible when it comes to not taking contributions from the tobacco industry.

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Tobacco Money: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

We’ve called our state “America’s Nonsmoking Section.”  We were the first to ban smoking in restaurants and bars.  We have a comprehensive tobacco control program that is the model for other states.  We pride ourselves on being the leader in tobacco control.  And when it comes to accepting campaign contributions from the tobacco industry, California is again leading the nation, but down the wrong path.

In coordination with the release of our latest report, Tobacco Money in California Politics, we are starting a four-part blog series titled Tobacco Money: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly that will dig deeper into the significance of the numbers in our report and show how tobacco industry spending in California compares to other industries and other states.  The story told in our report and blog posts will make clear the vast financial resources that the tobacco industry continues to use to influence public policy in our state.  This post is Part 1 and the schedule for the remaining posts is: Read More »

Happy Six-Month Anniversary SOTC!

Did you know this week marks the halfway point between SOTC releases? SOTC is the State of Tobacco Control Report, which is released by the American Lung Association each January. In coordination with the national report, the State of Tobacco Control 2010 – California Local Grades report issues grades for all 481 cities and 58 counties in California on policies for smokefree outdoor environments, smokefree housing, and reducing sales of tobacco products.

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What can SLATI do for you?

Quiz time!

1. SLATI stands for:
a. Skilled League for Advancing Tennis Instruction
b. Senior Leadership Association of Texas Illustrators
c. Science Learning Academy for Technology Infrastructure
d. State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues

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