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L.A. City Council Gathered for a Public Hearing to Discuss The Ban of Flavored Tobacco, Menthol and Hookah Across The City
December 13, 2019
Reports of illnesses and deaths caused by vaping, many states and health officials have taken a stance on products and the dangers of their consumption. Los Angeles City Council faced the rising issue during a controversial public hearing regarding a city-wide ban of flavored tobacco, menthol cigarettes and hookah. ... read more »
L.A. County Set to Expand Ban on Smoking in Unincorporated Areas
March 22, 2019
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted today to expand prohibitions on smoking on county property and in and around bars and restaurants in unincorporated areas, also making clear that smoking includes e-cigarettes and cannabis. ... read more »
Menthol Milestone – The Anniversary No One is Celebrating
March 14, 2019
Coming of age in the 1970s, I can still vividly remember seeing Marvin Gaye at the Kool Jazz Festival at the Oakland Coliseum and thinking how wonderful it was that Kool cigarettes were supporting our artists. I was a teenager and didn't connect that Big Tobacco's sponsorships, product giveaways, and money were simply part of their master plan to get and keep Black people hooked to menthol cigarettes. It was predatory targeting and customer recruitment all dressed up as support for the Black community.  Their ability to link this deadly product to the natural "coolness" of Black people was a true marketing triumph. ... read more »
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