• Herald and News: March 11, 2018

    Tobacco sales to minors dips

    Jocelyn Wiener of Kaiser Health News reports that since California increased the minimum tobacco sales age from 18 to 21 in June, preliminary data suggest that the percentage of retailers selling tobacco to minors 18 has dropped from 10.3 percent before the law, to 5.7% today. She quotes PI Executive Director Larry Cohen, "It’s a sign that there’s real momentum over the past couple of decades in recognizing that tobacco is harmful and that protections are appropriate.”

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  • The Vista Press: March 9, 2018

    Groups Press to Capture More Storm Water to Fight Pollution, Drought

    The Vista Press covers how community health groups and policymakers recently met in Los Angeles to advocate for a program to fight pollution and drought by capturing more rainwater and urban runoff. Water runoff carries paint, solvents, pesticides, and is therefore highly polluted; the article quotes PI's Elva Yanez: "Children, pregnant women and the elderly are at the greatest risk for illnesses associated with contaminated stormwater. Gastroenteritis, respiratory diseases, hepatitis, eye ear skin infections. It's a huge problem."

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  • California Healthline: March 7, 2018

    CA Healthline: After Raising Age For Tobacco Purchases, State Sees Decreased Sales To Minors

    Jocelyn Wiener of California Healthline writes about how CA became the second US state to increase the minimum tobacco sales age from 18 to 21, resulting in a significant drop in state retailers selling tobacco to kids under age 18. Most retailers support the new law, and Wiener quotes PI's Executive Director Larry Cohen as saying, “It’s a sign that there’s real momentum over the past couple of decades in recognizing that tobacco is harmful and that protections are appropriate.”

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  • SVCnews.com: March 7, 2018

    Supes Call for Closer Look at ‘Nuisance’ Tobacco Shops

    The LA County Board of Supervisors voted to examine tobacco shops in unincorporated areas of LA County to assess their impact on community health and safety. Among other subject matter experts, the press release quoted PI's Robert Baird: “Without reliable enforcement, the over-concentration of alcohol retail outlets in communities of color a generation ago can easily repeat itself with tobacco shops retailing cannabis. In reality, this process appears to be well underway and with similar impacts for addiction, public safety and disinvestment.”

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  • MASSLIVE: March 3, 2018

    'Ounce of Prevention' conference focuses on healthier communities

    Anne-Gerard Flynn of MASSLIVE promotes the "Ounce of Prevention" conference, the state Department of Public Health's annual event advocating for healthier communities through professional development, on March 27 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the DCU Center, 50 Foster St. PI's Executive Director Larry Cohen will delver the keynote address.

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  • USA Today: February 27, 2018

    Advocates see opening for tougher gun control laws for those guilty of domestic violence

    USA Today's Jayne O'Donnell writes about the potential for stronger laws to protect victims of gun violence, quoting PI's Lisa Fujie Parks:

    "Increased activism on the part of young people affected by school shootings is coming at a critical time in the gun safety movement, says Prevention Institute associate program manager Lisa Fujie Parks. 

    'What gives me a lot of hope is that never before have we had such a strong research base to know what kinds of policies will be effective,' says Parks. 'And we’re reaching that tipping point when it comes to both policy changes and...

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