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February 19, 2014 | By Martha Groves
The Beverly Hills City Council has joined its Los Angeles counterpart in voting to treat electronic cigarettes as tobacco products and to regulate their sale and use. "Smoking of any kind should be discouraged, especially for teenagers," Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch said in a statement. "By taking these steps, the city is sending a strong message to the community that we take the health of our citizens very seriously. " Calling them a potential health risk and a gateway to tobacco, the Los Angeles City Council voted in December to regulate the sales of e-cigarettes and other "vaping" devices.
February 13, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Citing studies linking soda to obesity, a state lawmaker and medical experts proposed a first-in-the-nation bill Thursday that sugary drinks sold in California carry health warning labels similar to those on cigarette packs. They want warning labels on the fronts of all cans and bottles of soda and juice drinks that have sugar added and 75 or more calories per 12 ounces. The label would read: "STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s)
February 5, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu, Noam N. Levey and Soumya Karlamangla
CVS Caremark Corp.'s imminent exit from the cigarette and tobacco business - an unprecedented move for a major pharmacy company - is being cheered by many medical professionals and lawmakers as a triumph of corporate responsibility over the bottom line. But industry experts say the strategy shift is less an altruistic endeavor than a savvy marketing ploy from a drugstore giant trying to promote itself as a retail health hub in an age of increasingly self-serve healthcare. "It's smart business on CVS' part," said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia, a state steeped in tobacco history.
January 17, 2014 | By Monte Morin, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
The U.S. surgeon general is calling on Hollywood to kick the tobacco habit, saying too many youth-rated films contain harmful images of tobacco use. In a new report on smoking released Friday, acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak and other U.S. health officials greatly expanded the list of tobacco's damaging health effects and urged renewed focus on reducing national smoking rates.  Among dozens of findings and recommendations, the report found...
January 16, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Electronic cigarettes are either a potent weapon in the war against tobacco, or they are an insidious menace that threatens to get kids hooked on nicotine and make smoking socially acceptable again. There are health experts who back each point of view. But they do agree that the empirical evidence that will tell them who is right will not be in for several years. "There are a few studies out there right now, but scientists like to have a gazillion," said Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine and director of the Center for Tobacco Control at UC San Francisco.
January 13, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - In an effort to clamp down on youth smoking, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) announced Monday that he was introducing a bill that would block the sale of cigarettes, tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to individuals via the Internet. "Internet sales of tobacco products, we know, pose a serious threat to the health and safety of children because there's literally no verification of age when products of tobacco are purchased through the Internet," Dickinson said at a news conference.
January 6, 2014 | By Jason Song
Starting this year, UC Riverside and all other University of California campuses will be tobacco-free, part of a nationwide trend. The campuses are following the lead of UCLA, which barred cigarettes and other tobacco products from campus last year. Former UC system President Mark G. Yudolf called for all campuses to be free of tobacco by 2014. In a survey of nearly 1,700 Riverside students and staff, 84% of respondents said they did not smoke or use tobacco products. Nearly 86% of people who responded said they were exposed to secondhand smoke on a regular basis.
December 10, 2013
Re "Overreacting to e-cigarettes," Editorial, Dec. 5 Granted, more conclusive research is needed on e-cigarettes. However, instead of allowing their unrestricted use until research proves that they are harmful to non-users, their use should be restricted until research proves that they are not harmful to those who don't smoke. Charles Wilson Oxnard ALSO: Letters: A classroom lesson on education Letters: How to feed Hollywood's homeless Letters: Christianity, Christmas and Sarah Palin
December 5, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Los Angeles may soon follow the lead of major cities, schools and universities across the nation in banning electronic cigarettes in certain public spaces. Several City Council members, backed by City Atty. Mike Feuer, introduced a motion Wednesday to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in places where smoking tobacco is already illegal, such as restaurants, libraries, daycare centers, public parks, playgrounds and beaches. A certain amount of caution is justified. E-cigarettes, which often look like tobacco cigarettes, are battery-powered devices that heat nicotine and other chemicals into a vapor that the user inhales.
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