Posts Tagged ‘gum’

Huge Multi-Ton Blue Gum Eucalyptus Tree Branch Falls in the Panhandle – “Environmental Weed” – Tasmanian Devil

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

This aint no bush, it’s part of a huge tree branch what just came crashing down in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle this AM.

See? It fell near Fell Street.

These Eucs are environmental weeds* don’t you know.

They Should All Be Destroyed

Of course she’s trying to kill us – clever girl:

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*It was introduced to California in the mid-19th century, partly in response to the Southern Pacific Railroad’s need for timber to make railroad ties, and is prominent in many parks in San Francisco and throughout the state. Naturalists, ecologists, and the United States National Park Service consider it an invasive species due to its ability to quickly spread and displace native plant communities, while local authorities, especially many fire departments across California consider them to be a major fire hazard,[24][25][26] although the United States Department of Agriculture does not list it among its Invasive and Noxious plants list in California.[27] Due to such reasons, programs across the state of California have been taken to remove all eucalyptus growth and restore native biomes in some park areas, such as on Angel Islandin San Francisco Bay, and in the Hills of Oakland California, where Eucalyptus Trees helped fuel the 1991 Oakland Hills Firestorm.[24]

Wow, the Trees of Golden Gate Park Sure Could Use a Lorax Right About Now – Just Look at These Monsters

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Check out these recent shots from Nature’s Lantern.

“Freshly cut trees being stacked with more processed chopped trees in piles in the area behind Elk Glen Lake.” 

Wow.

The bodies are being stacked like cordwood in Golden Gate Park these days:

Via Nature’s Lantern

“Logging in Golden Gate Park - 9-12-2012

Appears to be Blue Gum Eucalyptus (known for timber and gold rush SF History) and a mix of Pines possibly Monterrey Pines.”

Via Nature’s Lantern

Or an Entmarch, the trees of GGP could use a Lorax or an Entmarch.

Or even an Entmoot, that would be a start…

Senator Leland Yee Introduces SB 220, A Bill Requiring Coverage for Tobacco Cessation

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Senator Leland Yee is today proposing a law that would require health insurance policies to include coverage for tobacco cessation services. He made the announcement today at San Francisco General Hospital along with all these people:

Supervisor Eric Mar
Dr. Mitch Katz, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Serena Chen, American Lung Association
John Hanley, San Francisco Firefighters
Dr. Dexter Louie, California Medical Association
Gail Maderis, BayBio
Dr. Steve Fugaro, San Francisco Medical Society
Karen Licavoli-Farnkopf, Breathe California

District 2 Supervisor Eric Mar talked about his parents, who both “smoked like crazy.”

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All the deets:

Bill Introduced to Require Insurance Companies Cover Tobacco Cessation. Senator Yee and Supervisor Mar team-up to sponsor legislation to fight cancer
 
SAN FRANCISCO – According the US Surgeon General, tobacco use is the single greatest cause of disease and premature death in America today and is responsible for more than 435,000 deaths annually, including nearly 40,000 in California alone. 

In an effort to fight this epidemic, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) today teamed-up with San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar, the American Lung Association, doctors, and firefighters to introduce legislation that would mandate health insurance policies include coverage for tobacco cessation services such as patches, nasal sprays, inhalers, gum, prescription medications, and counseling.

“The societal costs of tobacco-related death and disease approach $96 billion annually in medical expenses and $97 billion in lost productivity nationwide,” said Yee.  “More then 70 percent of all current smokers, however, have expressed a desire to stop smoking.  By ensuring that health plans cover the cost of quitting, more Californians will be able to kick this bad habit, medical costs will be reduced, and most importantly, lives will be saved.”

In 2006, as part of its universal healthcare program, Massachusetts began covering most expenses for smoking cessation counseling and prescription drugs for Medicaid recipients. The result has been an astonishing drop in the population of poor people who smoke — from 38% to 28%. There is also evidence of a parallel reduction in hospitalization for heart attacks and treatments for asthma.

“Smoking disproportionately impacts those in economically disadvantaged communities,” said Mar, who is sponsoring a resolution in support of Yee’s bill.  “Requiring health care providers to include coverage for smokers who would like to quit smoking creates a healthier California and protects the public’s health.”

About 20 percent of adult Americans currently smoke, and 4,000 children and adolescents smoke their first cigarette each day.  According to the California Department of Public Health, the adult smoking rate in California is 14 percent and there are approximately 3.8 million current adult smokers in California.

“It’s time to make it easier for the nearly four million Californians who smoke, to quit,” said Jane Warner, President and CEO of the American Lung Association in California.  “Because, right now, we’re failing these people as highlighted by the ‘D’ grade earned in Cessation Coverage by the state in the American Lung Association’s recent State of Tobacco Control Report.”

“SB 220 takes another important step in the long journey of providing Californians the support and incentives they need to quit using tobacco products,” said Brennan Cassidy, M.D., president of the California Medical Association, which represents 35,000 physicians across the state. “Requiring health plans to cover smoking cessation treatment is a no-brainer. We know that when a person quits smoking it saves the health care system immensely by significantly reducing the chances of heart disease, lung cancer and other life-threatening diseases that require intensive, expensive treatment.”

“Smoking cessation is more cost-effective than other common and insurance-covered disease prevention interventions, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol treatment and routine cancer screenings,” said Yee.  “Consumers need and deserve this treatment option.”

With SB 220, California would become the 8th state to mandate coverage for tobacco cessation services.  In addition to the American Lung Association, Yee’s bill is supported by the California Medical Association, California Psychological Association, San Francisco Firefighters Local 798, San Francisco Medical Society, National Council of Asian & Pacific Islander Physicians, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO.

Outrageous: Berkeley Pharmacy Owner Says Only Pharmacies Should Sell Cigarettes

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Bay Area “serial entrepreneur” Stuart Skorman (be sure to read his congratulatory, self-written Wikipedia entry here) has used a tiny piece of his remaining millions to pay PR-types to promote his Big New Idea. That’s right, the founder of Berkeley’s closed-down Elephant Pharmacy wants to restrict tobacco sales in California to pharmacies only.

Yes, that’s contrary to recent trends in the 415 und 510, but Stuart wants the chance to cross-sell nicotine patches and gum. In his words, this would be “good for business.” Read all the deets below and here, at HealthyPharmacies.org.

The view from my tenement apartment’s living room, betwixt the roof of a garage and the hard partiers upstairs. Will Mr. Skorman’s proposal serve to slow this cascade of cigarette butts? We Can Only Hope:

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Whatever survives the ten foot fall stays there forever, out of reach. Oh well.

That was the wind-up, and here’s the pitch:

San Francisco, Berkeley Missed Public Health Opportunity by Moving Tobacco Sales Out of Pharmacies

Pharmacy Pioneer Stuart Skorman Says Only Pharmacies Should Sell Tobacco, Help Smokers Quit

San Francisco and Berkeley missed an opportunity to help smokers quit when the cities moved all tobacco sales out of pharmacies, according to a new Bay Area health initiative. Instead of having smokers buy cigarettes in convenience stores and at other retailers, smokers should buy cigarettes only at pharmacy counters, says Stuart Skorman, founder of Elephant Pharmacy.

Launching HealthyPharmacies.org, Skorman is focused on making pharmacies centers of health and wellness at the community level. “They can’t just sell medicines to people who are sick. They must educate consumers and give them tools to lead healthier lives.”

Keeping cigarettes behind the pharmacy counter would do just that, Skorman says. When a smoker asks for a pack of cigarettes, pharmacy staff would have the opening to offer nicotine replacement, such as the patch or gum, or point smokers in the direction of counseling and other tools. The approach wouldn’t require a prescription for tobacco but would offer smokers tools to help them quit.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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