The Effects of Nicotine on the Children and Teens Experimenting with Nicotine Products such as E-cigarettes.

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Lucy England and colleagues at the CDC Office on Smoking and Health recently published an important paper, “Nicotine and the Developing Human: A Neglected Element in the Electronic Cigarette Debate,” in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  This paper makes the important point that, contrary to glib assertions e-cigarette enthusiasts make that “it is the tar not the nicotine in cigarettes that kills people” they add to case that nicotine, while not the only dangerous thing in cigarettes, is nonetheless dangerous.


The elimination of cigarettes and other combusted tobacco products in the U.S. would prevent tens of millions of tobacco-related deaths. It has been suggested that the introduction of less harmful nicotine delivery devices, such as electronic cigarettes or other electronic nicotine delivery systems, will accelerate progress toward ending combustible cigarette use. However, careful consideration of the potential adverse

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This new work is in addition to the extensive discussion of the adverse health effects of nicotine in Chapter 5 of the 2014 Surgeon General’s report.

CVS Experiment On How To Get People To Stop Smoking Has Fascinating Results

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Although the smoking rate among U.S. adults has been on the decline in recent years, tobacco is still the biggest public health threat in the country, contributing to tens of thousands of preventable deaths and racking up billions in health care expenditures each year. So researchers are still trying to figure out what could convince the estimated 40 million smokers in the U.S. to kick the habit for good. Is there a more creative way to tackle the problem?

That was the subject of an innovative study that tracked a group of CVS employees who were recruited to participate in an incentive-based cessation program. According to the researchers, who published their results in the New England Journal of Medicine this week, offering smokers varying financial rewards and penalties in exchange for cutting out cigarettes worked better than they expected…




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The City of Berkeley’s Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing ordinance went into effect on May 1, 2014. This ordinance directly affects tenants and owners of residential rental property in Berkeley. Here are some facts:

  • Smoking is prohibited in all units of multi-unit residences and all common areas of multi-unit residences (two or more units). This also includes common areas such as private decks, balconies, and porches of units.
  • Medical Cannabis: The use of medical cannabis by a person for whom using medical cannabis is not a crime under California law is exempt from this law.
  • Signage: Owners and managers of buildings must post “No Smoking” sign(s) on their buildings. Signage must be consistent with the signposting requirements of Berkeley Municipal Code Section 12.70.060. Signs can be downloaded at
  • Leases: Include non-smoking provisions for all new leases initiated after May 1, 2014. Offer a voluntary non-smoking lease addendum for all current leases. A sample lease addendum can be downloaded at
  • Enforcement: Enforcement is a complaint-driven process that must be initiated by tenants of multi-unit residences. Complaint forms can be downloaded at


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: I live next door to a multi-unit housing complex. Can I submit a complaint?

A: No. Only tenants of the complex can submit a complaint.

Q: I live in a single-family home with a detached in-law in my backyard that I rent to a tenant. There are no shared walls or ceilings. Does the ordinance apply?
A: No.

Q: I own a condo that is a unit in a larger building. I share walls and ceilings with my neighbors. Does the ordinance apply?
A: Yes.

Please do not hesitate to contact the City of Berkeley’s Tobacco Prevention Program at 510-981-5330 if you have questions about this specific ordinance, or other anti-tobacco city ordinances.

The City of Berkeley Tobacco Prevention Program offers FREE cessation clinics. For smokers who are ready to take action for a tobacco free life, we encourage them to register for our FREE quit smoking session series. To register please contact us at (510) 981-5330 or

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights

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California’s Senate Bill 140 is unfortunately being held up in the Senate Appropriations Committee, likely due to pressure from tobacco industry and e-cigarette industry groups.

SB 140 seeks to define and regulate e-cigarettes and other electronic smoking devices as tobacco products, including not allowing the products to be used in smokefree spaces.

The bill passed the Senate Health Committee, but the Appropriations Committee sent the bill to the “suspense file” and it now requires a special vote to get out of the committee. Otherwise, it will dies like previous efforts to address e-cigarette use in smokefree spaces. As UCSF Professor Stan Glantz said, “The fact that the bill is stuck in the Senate Appropriations Committee is strong evidence that the bill industry is fighting hard (as always, in the shadows), since this bill does not require appropriating any money. Indeed, by improving health it will save money.”

We need to speak up to let our Senators know that we are not going to stand by and let this important public health bill be stopped by industry pressure.

What can you do to help?

Please take a moment to contact your California Senator to voice your support for SB 140. Click here to look up your Senator’s name, email, and phone number. Personal communications from constituents are a very meaningful way to influence our elected officials.

Ask your Senator to support SB 140 in order to protect public health and let him/her know that Californians will not allow this important public health bill to be blocked by pressure from tobacco industry and e-cigarette industry groups.

It’s also important that we voice our support for SB 140 because there is a competing bill this session. SB 24 is not supported by public health groups, including ANR, because it does not treat e-cigarettes as a tobacco product and it old be used to undermine California’s tobacco control laws.

Thank you for taking action!

Liz at ANR

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Berkeley Youth Tobacco Educators (BYTE)

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Free cessation clinics!

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CITY OF BERKELEY is offering FREE cessation clinics! Ready to quit smoking? We can help you! If you are a smoker and are ready to take action for a tobacco free life, please join us for our FREE quit smoking session series! To register please call or E-mail: (510)981-5330

Mentholated Tobacco Products: How the African-American Community is Targeted

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Youth Tobacco Product Use in the United States

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More than twice as many youth in the United States currently use 2 or more tobacco products than cigarettes alone. Continued monitoring of tobacco use patterns is warranted, especially for e-cigarettes. Youth rates of multiple product use involving combustible products underscore needs for research assessing potential harms associated with these patterns.

Electronic Cigarette Liquid Increases Inflammation and Virus Infection in Primary Human Airway Epithelial Cells

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“This is the first study to demonstrate the adverse effects of e-cigarettes on primary airway epithelial functions from young people. Our data suggest that even nicotine-free e-liquid promotes pro-inflammatory response and HRV infection. Moreover, both e-liquid without nicotine and with nicotine inhibits lung innate immunity (e.g., SPLUNC1) that is involved in lung defense against HRV infection.”  “These findings strongly suggest the deleterious health effects of e-cigarettes in the airways of young people.”                             


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Legislative Update: New Bills for 2015 Session January 30, 2015

With the deadline to introduce new bills for the 2015 session of the California Legislature less than a month away, four tobacco related bills are already officially on the table. These bills cover a variety of issues, including regulation of electronic cigarettes, raising the purchase age of tobacco and single-use filters.