Tag Archives: Tobacco

Thoughts on Prop 99’s Silver Anniversary

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Proposition 99, the California Tobacco Tax, the Center is lucky to have the campaign directer of Prop 99, Jack Nicholl as a guest blogger. To commemorate this day, Mr. Nicholl will be speaking at the Center’s Information and Education Days’ Meet & Greet.

California voters passed Proposition 99 twenty-five years ago.  Last November’s silver anniversary marked a generation of amazing progress in public health. The vote in 1988 was 58% yes, 42% no, a landslide in today’s politics.  It was a crazy election with 29 ballot measures (3 on auto insurance alone) and resulted in big Republican victories: George HW Bush elected as president and Pete Wilson returned to the US Senate.

From early in 1988 when we began polling, it looked like we could win; but the public health world was skeptical.  California Medical Association undercut the campaign while sitting on the Executive Committee because they feared the tobacco companies would attack doctors and those who worked on the unsuccessful ballot measures restricting indoor smoking in 1978 and 1980 said the industry would beat us.  The political establishment knew the power of Big Tobacco and they were certain we would lose.

But those of us sticking our necks out saw things differently. Read More »

FDA Releases Long Awaited Proposal to Regulate E-cigarettes, Cigars, and Other Tobacco Products

Federal Update: FDA Releases Long Awaited Proposal to Regulate E-cigarettes, Cigars, and Other Tobacco Products
April 24, 2014

This morning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products issued its long-awaited proposal to regulate e-cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, hookah, pipe tobacco and other tobacco products. When Congress passed The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, it created FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products and gave it immediate authority over cigarettes, smokeless and roll-your-own tobacco products. In addition Congress gave authority to the agency to assert jurisdiction over other tobacco products, which FDA is finally doing today. The proposed regulation would also establish 18 as the nationwide minimum age for the legal purchase of tobacco products.

This regulation proposes to extend basic authorities found in the Tobacco Control Act to all other tobacco products (including e-cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, hookah, and pipe tobacco), such as: Read More »

NYC Raises Tobacco Purchase Age: Will Others Follow?

Guest Blogger – Julia Velonjara, Youth Program Coordinator, California Youth Advocacy Network

The Big Apple is making a big change and we get to the core of the issue! Mayor Bloomberg recently signed legislation raising the minimum tobacco purchasing age (MTPA) to 21. First let’s look at the history of this type of policy. New York City is the largest jurisdiction to increase the MTPA from the federal standard of 18. In 2005, Needham, MA was first to change local laws to age 21. Additionally, four states and a number of other jurisdictions have a MTPA of 19. The Food and Drug Administration is currently prohibited by the 2009 FDA Act from increasing the MTPA above 18 federally, hence this piecemeal approach. The outpouring of publicity around New York City’s law brings this issue into the spotlight. Other recent developments include Hawai’i County Council unanimously voting for a MTPA of 21 and Utah taking up the issue in the next legislative session. Now that we know what’s going on around the country with this issue, let’s explore the pros and cons of the issue. Read More »

Smoking is a Huge Environmental Cost

Today is the Great American Smokeout, a day when we reflect on the true costs of smoking. Just as public health advocates succeeded in getting the tobacco industries to warn consumers that cigarettes are bad for your health, we’re now calling on these companies to acknowledge that cigarettes are also an environmental problem—they’re a form of toxic waste. Take action at: http://bit.ly/1gRJY5n

Are you talking about Lung Cancer?

You may not know this, but November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. One month that is, as American Lung Association CEO Harold Wimmer puts it, a double-edged sword. While this month draws attention to lung cancer, it is a short-lived conversation, one that is often forgotten after the month is over.

This is incredibly unfortunate as lung cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer with a survival rate of only 16 percent. So why aren’t we talking about lung cancer year round? Now, I know that smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer – so are we blaming smokers? Is that why there is such little dialogue around this deadly disease?

The fact of the matter is that 19% of adult Americans smoke while 18.1% of American high school students smoke. And in California 12.6% of adults smoke while 13.8% of high school students smoke. Chances are you may know one of those people. Read More »