Posted inOpinion

Op-ed: Tobacco, smoking costs Berkeley in more ways than one

Tobacco’s deleterious effects are not confined to smokers, vapers, or second- and third-hand exposure. Tobacco waste devastates our environment as well. Every year over 5 trillion cigarettes are sold globally, with 360 billion cigarettes sold in the United States alone.[1] In 2012, the cost of smoking in California was $6.5 billion, including nearly $20 million in […]

Posted inCity

Council to consider broad limits on tobacco sales

The Berkeley City Council is taking steps to prevent youth exposure to nicotine, including menthol and flavored cigarettes. Photo: Lindsay Fox Update, May 13: Council approved a pared-down proposal Tuesday night focused on electronic and flavored cigarettes. See the Berkeleyside update. Original story, May 12: The Berkeley City Council is set to adopt, on first reading, a […]

Posted inCommunity

Berkeley tackles kid-tempting tobacco products

A menthol-flavored electronic cigarette. Berkeley City Council is taking steps to prevent youth being exposed to menthol and flavored cigarettes, and is looking into e-cigarettes. Photo: Lindsay Fox The Berkeley City Council has taken steps to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products within 500 feet of schools, including menthol cigarettes, popular as a sweet-smoke […]