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August 18, 2020

UCSF Tobacco Center Faculty Blog: Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblymembers Kevin McCarty and Jim Wood have written the FDA urging it to take immediate action against illegal therapeutic and modified risk claims that Swedish Match (through a lobbyist) is making about their products.  

August 18, 2020

KQED: After sparking a series of deadly fires in Northern California and then shutting off power to millions of people in an attempt to avoid sparking more, Pacific Gas & Electric has started on an ambitious slate of upgrades that it says will drastically reduce the number of new fires sparked by its electrical equipment. (A) detailed review of documents and hearings shows that PG&E spent the last 10 years resisting many of those very same reforms. PG&E implemented a system-wide recloser shutoff policy in June 2018, after Sen. Hill authored a bill mandating they do so. When asked by FRONTLINE why the company had long failed to adopt such a measure, PG&E’s Robison did not respond directly, but rather outlined the specifics of the June 2018 program they were legally required to implement.

August 18, 2020

UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education Blog: Today SB 793, Sen. Jerry Hill’s bill to end the sale of almost all flavored tobacco products – including menthol – faces its last committee vote. In an effort to get an exception for smokeless products, a lobbying firm wrote members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Bonnie Halper-Felsher, Lauren Lempert and I wrote the committee pointing out the misrepresentations of the (firm's) letter...

August 17, 2020

New York Times: Lawmakers and consumer groups expressed outrage on Monday that the operator of California’s electricity grid had not adequately prepared for a heat wave and was resorting to rolling blackouts. “It failed to produce when called on,” Mr. Hill said. “There’s something wrong, and it’s up to the Legislature and the governor to find out.”

August 14, 2020

InMenlo: Senator Jerry Hill has been named State Legislator of the Year by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in recognition of his work championing legislation to protect California kids and communities of color from addiction to tobacco.

 

August 13, 2020

CDA.org: The fight against Big Tobacco and its deceptive tactics and targeting practices continues with CDA joining a large coalition of health care, youth and community organizations to support legislation that would prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, in California. 

August 11, 2020

NBC News: On Tuesday, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine published a study which may confirm the fears of parents and doctors across the nation. Vaping is not just a small risk for coronavirus. Among teens and young adults who were tested, those who had used e-cigs were five to seven times more likely to be infected than non-users.

August 07, 2020

Flavorings are the lure that draws kids in, and nicotine addiction is the trap that keeps them there long term. Governments at every level are paying attention. Our State Senator, Jerry Hill, is the author of a bill in the current legislative session that will, if it becomes law, prohibit the retail sale of most flavored tobacco products statewide. (Our Assemblyman, Marc Berman, is a principal co-author.) The bill has been passed by the Senate and is now in the Assembly. It was passed by the Assembly health committee and faces several more daunting hurdles in the next few weeks.

August 05, 2020

Sacramento Bee: Senate Bill 793 ultimately passed through the Assembly Health Committee, and is on its way to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

August 04, 2020

Los Angeles Times: Few bills that pass through Sacramento have as much potential to save lives as SB 793, which would ban flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes and vaping liquid, from being sold in stores in California. Why? Because fruity flavors in e-cigarettes and cigarillos and menthol flavors in traditional cigarettes lure teenagers, putting them at risk for a lifetime addicted to a deadly and costly product.