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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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Illegal tobacco sales to minors hit all-time low

November 17, 2010
Illegal tobacco sales to minors in California reached an all-time low in the most recent survey of retailers by the California Department of Public Health. Sales to customers under age 18 were completed in just 7.7 percent of 742 transactions attempted, the department said. That's down from 8.6 percent last year and 37 percent when the surveys began in 1995.

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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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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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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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Senator proposes mandate for anti-tobacco drugs, classes

March 12, 2010
Sen. Leland Yee, the Democrat from San Francisco, has introduced legislation to require health plans and health insurers to provide tobacco cessation counseling and medication to their customers with little or no cost-sharing.

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