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San Francisco voters approved a proposition that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products- By Madison Park & Roni Selig, CNN | June 6th, 2018 including menthol cigarettes and flavored vaping liquids on Tuesday. With 99% of precincts reporting, 68% had voted in favor of Proposition E and 31% opposed. The battle over the flavored tobacco ban has been an expensive one in the city, with tobacco company R.J. Reynolds contributing nearly $12 million against the measure and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg contributing more than $3Read More
California scientists have found that the air in vapers’ homes has no more airborne particulate matter than the air in non-vapers’ homes. By Jim McDonald | May 25th, 2017 However, the researchers neglected to mention the good news about vaping in the study abstract, or in the accompanying press release — which is all most people will read. The research was conducted by scientists from San Diego State University (SDSU). The study was funded by a grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute — one of the NationalRead More
As part of its investigation into the potential health effects of electronic cigarettes- By Michael Siegel | May 1st, 2017 the California Department of Public Health has been conducting air sampling and personal exposure monitoring in vape shops throughout the state. The results of sampling in one of these vape shops, obtained by The Rest of the Story, reveal that “secondhand vaping” appears to result in minimal exposure of bystanders to hazardous chemicals. In this particular vape shop, sampling was conducted under quite adverse conditions. Many of the employees vapedRead More
The El Cajon police officer who shot and killed an alcohol and cocaine user who pointed a vaping device at him like a gun- By Bob Owens | January 11th, 2016 will not face charges for what authorities (and anyone with the least bit of common sense) easily recognized as a justifiable shooting. The El Cajon police officer who last year fatally shot Alfred Olango, an unarmed black man, was justified and will not face criminal charges, the District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday. “The law recognizes police officers are oftenRead More
Electronic cigarette vendors are coming to grips with fresh regulations- By Steve Birr | January 3rd, 2017 and an expensive licensing fee after new laws against vaping took effect Monday in California. In order to sell an e-cigarette or vaping device in the state, vendors must now pay an annual licensing fee of $265. The fee must be paid on each individual location established by a business. The legislation took effect Jan. 1 and stems from a bill passed in May designed to bring e-cigarette devices under the same regulatoryRead More
Smoking has dropped to historic lows nationwide- By The Associated Press | November 28th, 2016 dramatically decreasing revenue from tobacco taxes. In search of funds, a growing number of states are taxing electronic cigarettes – a trend that is sparking a fierce public health debate over whether it will deter smokers from switching to a safer alternative. California became the seventh state to tax e-cigarettes with the overwhelming approval of a Nov. 8 ballot measure. Proposition 56 also will add a $2 per pack state tax to cigarettes onto theRead More
California’s Proposition 56 increases taxes on cigarettes in the name of reducing smoking- By Rob Van Tuinen | November 3rd, 2016 but critics warn what it really does is impose a regressive tax for special interest groups, and in the process, it will likely create black markets. California voters will head to the polls on November 8 to decide whether to increase the cost of smoking two dollars per pack in a move that supporters claim will simultaneously increase tax revenue and drastically reduce smoking. Proponents of the proposition sayRead More
“Unicorn” opens his mod device and lets a few drops of clear juice fall. By Samantha Young | October 23rd, 2016 His vaporizer replenished, he deeply inhales and slowly exhales — an enormous amount of smoke billowing out of his nose and mouth. But it’s not actually smoke: The smell isn’t foul, it’s sweet. “The nicotine mellows me out without any of the negative impacts of smoking,” Ryan Freeman, a.k.a. Unicorn, a 28-year-old salesman in jeans and a backward baseball cap, says as he sinks into a couch at aRead More
An unarmed black man fatally shot by police in El Cajon, Calif., Tuesday pointed a vape smoking device at them By Melanie Eversley | September 29th, 2016 police said in a statement Wednesday night. Police also positively identified the man as Alfred Okwera Olango, the name under which he has been identified by some media organizations. He was 38-years-old, based on information they received from the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office, and not 30, as was indicated by police initially. Police shot and killed Olango in this suburb ofRead More
California lawmakers are considering a proposal that would ban tobacco and e-cigarette use at government parks and beaches throughout the state. Leo Pusateri | July 11th, 2016 Senate Bill 1333 is under consideration by the California State Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife. SB 1333’s sponsor, state Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego), told media he offered the bill to protect the state’s forests from wildfires. Under the bill, people caught using tobacco or e-cigarettes in government parks or beaches would be fined up to $250. Banning ‘Minority Lifestyle Choices’Read More