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FDA announces plan to ban menthol cigarettes, 'forever' targeted at Black Americans

April 29, 2021

USA Today

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration announced plansto push for a ban on menthol cigarettes, a product that has long been the target of anti-smoking advocates and civil rights activists who say the industry has aggressively marketed to Black Americans.


Biden Administration Considering Rule to Cut Nicotine in Cigarettes 

April 21, 2021

The Wall Street Journal

The Biden administration is considering requiring tobacco companies to lower the nicotine in all cigarettes sold in the U.S. to levels at which they are no longer addictive, according to people familiar with the matter.


LA City Attorney Announces Injunction to Stop Vaping Company Marketing to Kids

April 19, 2021

NBS Los Angeles News

According to Feuer, Kandypens Inc., which sells vape products online, engaged in youth-targeting marketing through YouTube and Instagram, as well as product placement in music videos for artists with young fan bases, including Justin Bieber and DJ Khaled.


COVID-19 Lockdown Linked to Uptick in Tobacco Use

March 8, 2021

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Pandemic-related anxiety, boredom, and irregular routines were cited as major drivers of increased nicotine and tobacco use during the initial COVID-19 shutdown, according to research just released by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health researchers. The study highlights ways that public health interventions and policies can better support quit attempts and harm reduction, both during the COVID-19pandemic and beyond. The findings are published in the International Journal of Drug Policy.


Study finds surge of teen vaping levels off, but remains high in early 2020

December 15, 2020

National Institute of Health

Findings released today from the most recent Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of substance use behaviors and related attitudes among teens in the United States indicate that levels of nicotine and marijuana vaping did not increase from 2019 to early 2020, although they remain high. The annual MTF survey is conducted by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, Ann Arbor, and is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health.


Study Finds Young People Quit or Reduced Vaping Habits During the Pandemic

December 5, 2020

American Journal of Managed Care


A combination of stay-at-home orders and vape and smoke shop closures contributed to why many young adults and people under 21 years old quit or reduced vaping.


Ban on flavored tobacco sales is approved by California Assembly

August 24, 2020

Los Angeles Times  


Sacramento - The California Assembly on Monday approved a ban on the retail sale of flavored tobacco products in the state, with supporters saying it is needed to reduce smoking and vaping by minors and others attracted by flavors that include fruit and menthol.


Social Distancing Gives Working Parents Insight into Kids’ Vaping

April, 8, 2020

With schools closed and stay-at-home orders in full swing due to COVID-19, youth who vape have fewer places to hide their vaping behavior from their parents.


For many parents now working remotely, the distracting smell of menthol or other flavors from their child vaping in or around the house may catch them off-guard. They may also notice mood swings, agitation, impulsivity, and an inability to concentrate from their child using nicotine or dealing with cravings or withdrawal.


California Community Colleges Resources

March 26, 2020

Novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Our college communities are working tirelessly to help students and their families get through this crisis and they will play a critical role in our state's recovery. With all of us working together and following safety guidelines and procedures we can help keep Californians healthy.

The situation is continuing to evolve and we will update our information and resources daily.


California Smoker's Helpline Resources

March 25, 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19

In response to this global pandemic, we have all been reminded that we should practice healthy habits … for ourselves, our families, and our communities. If you smoke or vape, quitting is a smart step toward that goal.


Tobacco Free CA article by Dr. Elisa Tong

March 25, 2020

Protect yourself from COVID-19: Stop smoking and vaping now.

Doctors like me and many other health professionals are working to treat sick patients for the COVID-19 virus. The best ways for you to help are to stay home, wash your hands, and not smoke or vape.

Here are three good reasons why you should stop smoking and vaping now:


NIH - National Institute of Drug Abuse Article

March 24, 2020

COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

As people across the U.S. and the rest of the world contend with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the research community should be alert to the possibility that it could hit some populations with substance use disorders (SUDs) particularly hard. Because it attacks the lungs, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could be an especially serious threat to those who smoke tobacco or marijuana or who vape. 


Does vaping make you more susceptible to coronavirus?

March 10, 2020

On Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reiterated its guidance that older Americans and people with medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and chronic lung disease are most susceptible to coronavirus. People who are immunosuppressed because they have cancer or they're on a type of medication that weakens their immune system are also more at risk. 


Río Hondo College Shifts to Online Instruction

March 18, 2020

Río Hondo College continues to closely monitor the coronavirus situation following the direction of the Department of Public Health and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.  After detailed and thoughtful discussion, planning and preparation, all lectures and labs have transitioned to online from March 16 – April 4.

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Mt. SAC Canceling Classes March 17 to March 28

March 16, 2020

Mt. San Antonio College is canceling ALL classes (both in person and online) from Tuesday, March 17 through Saturday, March 28, after executive action by the Board of Trustees.

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Cerritos College District - Students: COVID-19 Campus Update

March 12, 2020

Dear Cerritos College Students,


As you are aware, President Fierro has issued a communication regarding the College's response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). I want to reassure you at this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 among any District students and employees. To reduce the community transmission rates of Coronavirus, the College is implementing strategies to minimize the physical presence of students on campus.

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Los Angeles Community College District - News Release

March 11, 2020


LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D., today announced that as many classes as possible will be moved into an online education platform for all nine colleges, including Los Angeles City College, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles Mission College, Los Angeles Pierce College, Los Angeles Southwest College, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Los Angeles Valley College and West Los Angeles College.


UCSF Issues Article About How Quitting Smoking & Vaping Can Reduce Your Risk of Corona Virus

March 6, 2020

Reduce your risk of serious lung disease caused by corona virus by quitting smoking and vaping

When someone’s lungs are exposed to flu or other infections the adverse effects of smoking or vaping are much more serious than among people who do not smoke or vape

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