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Community Organizing and Policy Resources for California’s Tobacco Control Advocate

The mission of the American Lung Association is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. Through research, education and advocacy, we fight to reduce smoking, clean the air we breathe, prevent and treat lung diseases including asthma and COPD, and eliminate lung cancer.
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Buying Dirty Air

Our annual State of the Air reports tell us that Californians face greater air pollution challenges than anywhere in the nation. Our volunteers, medical and health partners and staff fight for clean air because we know the terrible toll unhealthy air c...Read More »

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 Read More »

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Cigar aficionados light up new effort to allow smoking rooms

A bill passed unanimously Thursday by the House Commerce & Gaming Committee would legalize cigar bars and smoking rooms in tobacco shops, allowing 115 new venues to smoke pipes and cigars. Proponents say the state would gain tax money and give users ofRead more »

AUDIO: Washington Senator: It's Not Just Lobbyist-Paid Meals But 'Free Cigars, Free Booze'

“If it’s just going after meals, I think we ought to be talking about free cigars, free booze in establishments right across the street,” ... A beer and cigar at a lobbyist’s house might not trigger the proposed reporting requirement for lawmakers unlessRead more »