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Smoking rate hits record low

December 21, 2010
California's smoking rate dropped to a record low of 13.1 percent in 2009, according to new numbers from the state Department of Public Health. That's a 42 percent decline since the state's Tobacco Control Program was established in 1990.

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Smoking cessation benefits can save lives, money

August 17, 2010
Quitting smoking today is the number one thing that Californians can do to improve their health. Not a moment goes by without a citizen of our country and the State of California suffering from the hazards of tobacco use. Tobacco use has far reaching ramifications that encompass not only health issues, but widespread economic issues. But many people lack access to the programs that will help them quit. We can and should give them that access.

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Anti-smoking law would save lives, money, study says

June 22, 2010
A law to require insurance companies to cover smoking cessation services at no out-of-pocket cost to consumers would improve public health and the economy at a cost of less than $1 a month for each person covered by insurance, according to an independent analysis of the proposal.

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Governor vetoes bill to ban smoking on state beaches

May 3, 2010
Saying he was "inherently uncomfortable" about intruding into the private lives of Californians, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday vetoed legislation that would have banned smoking on state beaches and in common areas of state parks.

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Senate passes bill to ban smoking in state parks, beaches

April 15, 2010
The state Senate has given final approval to legislation that would ban smoking at state beaches and in common areas of state parks. The Senate passed the bill on a 21-13 vote and sent it to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has not said whether he would sign it.

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Ban on smoking at beaches, parks nears final vote

April 8, 2010
Sen. Jenny Oropeza is expected to push for a final vote as soon as today on her bill to ban smoking on state beaches and in common areas of the state park system.

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Assembly passes ban on smoking at state beaches, parks

March 23, 2010
California's Legislature is one step away from banning smoking at most state beaches and parts of the state's 278 parks. The Assembly passed the ban on Monday and sent it to the state Senate, which is also expected to approve it. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has not said whether he will sign it into law.

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SF not liberal when it comes to smoking

March 10, 2010
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has voted to ban smoking at sidewalk cafes, restaurant patios, movie and ATM lines, bingo halls and the common areas of housing complexes. San Franciscans will also be prohibited from smoking near the doorways and windows of offices, shops and restaurants.

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Designing our health

March 7, 2010
A middle-aged man who is a life-long smoker shows up in the doctor's office after suffering a shortness of breath. His declining health has put his job in jeopardy, but he is addicted to tobacco and unlikely to kick the habit any time soon. He is also short of money. His physician wonders whether the patient will take a generic medication she prescribes for him or return soon to the ER with another expensive-to-treat medical crisis. See Dr. Ashby Wolfe's blog post for the details.

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