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It’s been a banner week to address the growing threat of e-cigarettes in California.
 
On Monday, Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced Senate Bill 140, a bill  that defines electronic cigarettes as a tobacco product and applies our current statewide tobacco laws to these products. The bill is sponsored by American Lung Association in California,  American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and the American Heart Association. 
 
Below is the statement from the Lung Association on SB 140 which is also<strong; http://www.lung.org/associations/states/california/for-the-media/america... on our website: </strong;
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<em;The American Lung Association in California applauds California Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) for introducing SB&nbsp;140 on Monday, January 26,&nbsp;which calls for electronic cigarettes to be defined as a tobacco product and applies our current statewide tobacco laws to these products. This bill would ensure that youth will not have access to electronic cigarettes and will address growing public health concerns about their use. Many local cities and counties across the state have taken action to protect communities from e-cigarettes, now it's time for our state elected officials to get behind Senator Leno's Senate Bill 140. &nbsp; <strong;- Olivia Gertz, President and CEO, American Lung Association in California</strong;</em;
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As expected, http://sd11.senate.ca.gov/news/2015-01-26-new-leno-bill-protects-public-... Leno’s press release has generated a fair amount of media. Here is a link to an article from the SF Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Citing-public-health-Leno-seeks-more-... as well as an editorial below.
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And today, as many of you are aware, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman issued a http://cdph.ca.gov/Documents/EcigHealthAdvisory01282015.pdf" target="_blank";Health Advisory and the “http://cdph.ca.gov/programs/tobacco/Documents/Media/State%20Health-e-cig... target="_blank";State Health Officer’s Report on E-Cigarettes: A Community Health Threat,” warning Californians of the toxicity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).
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The American Lung Association in California has released a http://www.lung.org/associations/states/california/for-the-media/stateme... regarding the new report and health advisory. &nbsp;Click on the link or see below.
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<em;As a pediatrician and Board Member of American Lung Association in California, I am pleased to see the new Health Advisory released by the Department of Public Health to alert healthcare providers to a growing public health threat posed by the marketing, sale and use of electronic cigarettes (e‐cigarettes) - especially to children and young people. The Lung Association has been urging regulations on these products. This Advisory helps to shed light on a subject that is not always understood or adequately addressed in the healthcare community.</em;
What is most terrifying in this information is the impact on our children and youth. It is a wake-up call. Preliminary data from the California Healthy Kids Survey of more than 430,000 middle and high schools students shows that e-cigarette use is much higher than use of traditional cigarettes. Those of us in the&nbsp;medical field have an obligation to educate, advise and protect our patients and their families about this growing threat.
<em;<strong;-Afif El-Hasan, MD</strong;</em;<strong;<em;, <em;American Lung Association in California Board of Directors</em;</em;</strong;
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As you can imagine, there has been a ton of media interest generated from the release of the report today. Even Barbara Boxer got in on the fun and https://twitter.com/SenatorBoxer/status/560551009257541632";tweeted about the report.
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We look forward to continuing to work with all of you to address the growing problem of e-cigarettes and welcome your feedback and collaboration.
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<strong;Kimberly Amazeen</strong; &nbsp;| Vice President, Public Policy & Advocacy
American Lung Association in California
1531 I Street, Suite 201, Sacramento, CA 95814
Ph: 916-585-7670 |Cell: 916.716.0717 | Email: mailto:[email protected]";Kimberly.Amazeen@lung.org

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