Apparently, we, as the second largest town in the bay area, are all saying NOPE to e-cigs and we’re spending money to send that message all the way to North Carolina:
Say it again, y’all: Absolutely nothing.
Background: District One (aka The Richmond, more or less) Supervisor Eric Mar is a bird of another feather – he wasn’t satisfied with issuing edicts from Academia oh no. He descended from the ivory tower to put dreams into action. And his father passed away from lung cancer (AFAIK, pretty sure), so it would make sense that he wanted to do something for San Francisco renters who have to deal with secondhand smoke coming in from other units.
Get all the deets on San Francisco’s 2013 Tobacco Smoke Disclosure Policy as of last year via this excellent article from Christian Watjen right here.
So that’s the background. What’s going on now is that tenants all over the City are getting alarming/confusing letters from landlords. To wit:
Now here’s what you’ll get* if your landlord toes the party line of the San Francisco Apartment Association – an excerpt of the pledge they want you to make:
“For purposes of the Tobacco Smoke Disclosure Policy and SF Health Code 19M, I would like to designate my apartment as non-smoking. I verify that neither I nor my guests will ever smoke tobacco within the rental apartment listed below.”
Uh, so why should tenants make this pledge? It’s not explained in this official SFAA letter now is it? And what if Barack Obama or Bill Clinton drops by your pad a few years from now? They puff puff every now and then, right? So what about your signed pledge, what about that?
And here’s what the lawyer(s) of the SFAA have for you at the bottom of the letter:
“If you do voluntarily decide to designate your apartment as non-smoking, which you are not required to do, the designation is permanent and becomes a consensual change in the terms of your tenancy.”
If you’re living in rent-controlled San Francisco, I think you should get some kind of benefit when you change the terms of your tenancy, you know, as a general rule .
And later on, is your landlord going to complain about how you’re violating the terms of your tenancy when you allowed your future bud / date / friend smoke one cigarette to help her get through one of her stressed out moments?
Or your Euro fiance can’t move in with you in 2015 because your “designation is permanent?”
And should we assume second-hand smoke from clove cigarettes and/or the Mary Jane is good for you, since it’s not covered?
Now, IRL, is this issue going to affect you? Prolly not. But I’m just saying.
So, sign your pledge or just ignore it – choose or lose, maybe.
*Assuming that you’re living in a building with fewer than 50 units and you aren’t restricted from smoking now. This is the notification you’ll get otherwise, possibly, and it’s fair enough. And here’s the full rundown from the SFAA. Again, no objections.
All the deets, after the jump
‘Cause you wouldn’t want anybody dying in there prematurely or anything…
Main Gate, on the day Snoop Doggy Dog dropped by for a rally:
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(Note to self – Marin County has yellowjackets, apparently.)
California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide gang wars in Steinbeck Country. So today he’s telling us about the people in his Gang Suppression Enforcement Program, along with a whole bunch of other California and federal peace officers, arresting 94 suspected Montery-area Norteños and Sureños.
And to keep things going, Jerry just announced a local, Salinas-area gang task force.
Anyway, there was a big press conference today – look at who all was there.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, U.S. Attorney Joseph P. Russoniello (Northern District of CA), Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo, Salinas Chief of Police Louis Fetherolf, Salinas Mayor Dennis Donohue and a host of others down in Salinas :
“Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today discussed “Operation Knockout,” in which agents from Brown’s Gang Suppression Enforcement Program (GSEP) of the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement arrested gang members after an eight-month, wide-ranging investigation and sweep targeting the most powerful gang leaders in the Salinas area.”
All the deets:
SALINAS – Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that more than 200 agents from his Gang Suppression Enforcement Program and other law enforcement agencies today arrested 37 members of two vicious gangs responsible for a rampage of violence — including more than three dozen murders and 200 shootings — that terrorized the citizens of Salinas and nearby areas.
Today’s mass arrests culminated an eight-month operation, code-named “Operation Knockout,” aimed at apprehending members of the Norteños and Sureños gangs that turned Salinas into a hub of murder, robbery and drug dealing.
The operation targeted the most dangerous gang leaders in the Salinas area. In addition to the arrests made today, agents seized 40 pounds of cocaine, 14 pounds of marijuana, nine ounces of methamphetamine, $34,000 in cash, and 12 guns. An additional 57 arrests were made before today’s sweep.
“Operation Knockout was designed to restore safety to the streets of Salinas,” said Brown. “Citizens in John Steinbeck’s hometown deserve better than having to endure a violent crime rate that’s three times the national average. We owed it to the people of Salinas to arrest these out-of-control gang members and ensure a heightened sense of personal security throughout the city.”
Ever more deets after the jump
Our California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide you smokers out there thinking “organic” cigarettes from American Spirit are better for you than other cigarettes. So he just cut a deal with the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company affacting how these ciggies will get marketed in California. Deets below.
Anyway, an appealing package, IMO:
Los Angeles-Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that his office has secured an agreement with Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc., the manufacturer of American Spirit tobacco products, that requires the company to clearly disclose that its organic tobacco is “no safer or healthier” than other tobacco products.
Attorneys general from 32 other states and the District of Columbia signed onto today’s agreement.
“Stamping an organic label on tobacco products is ultimately a distinction without a difference-organic or not, cigarettes are bad for your health,” Brown said. “Today’s settlement with Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company ensures that all future advertisements make it clear that organic tobacco is no safer or healthier.”
More deets after the jump.
All right, a new UCSF Medical Center study shows that smoking cigarettes won’t help you avoid Alzheimer’s disease.
UCSF, back in the day, along with the ur-N Judah:
February 02, 2010
A UCSF analysis of published studies on the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and smoking indicates that smoking cigarettes is a significant risk factor for the disease. After controlling for study design, quality of the journals, time of publication and tobacco industry affiliation of the authors, the UCSF research team also found an association between tobacco industry affiliation and the conclusions of individual studies. Industry-affiliated studies indicated that smoking protects against the development of AD, while independent studies showed that smoking increased the risk of developing the disease.
Study findings were published online in the Jan. 29, 2010 issue (19:2) of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. An abstract of the paper is available online.
Ever more deets, after the jump
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:
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