PNS Daily Newscast - May 25, 2020 

Updates on Memorial Day 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic; and tomorrow is a deadline for some voters.

2020Talks - May 25, 2020 

Overseas service members and people with physical disabilities will be able to vote online this year in West Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey. Election security experts have some concerns.

Public News Service - CA: Smoking Prevention

Despite health and safety warnings, smoking retains its appeal for some, with roughly 12 percent of Californians still lighting up. (g'DAy)

LOS ANGELES – In California alone, 40,000 people die every year from tobacco-related illnesses, which also cost the state just over $18 billion in healthcare and loss of productivity. Two reports out today explain what states are doing to curb tobacco use. Lindsey Freitas, senior director of

A new report says states are using only 2 percent of the amount the CDC recommends to fight tobacco use. (Trostle/morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California gets billions each year from the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, and yet, it spends only 22 percent of what the Centers for Disease Control recommends on smoking prevention and cessation programs, for which the money was intended A new report, Broken

The California State Assembly approved legislation on Thursday to raise the smoking age to 21 and regulate e-cigarettes. (trostle/morguefile)

The California state Assembly on Thursday took historic action to curb smoking in the Golden State, overwhelmingly passing a series of bills in a controversial special session on health care. Senate Bill 5 would regulate e-cigarettes such as tobacco would ban vaping in bars, restaurants, workplaces

A new report says California is shortchanging tobacco cessation programs. (trostle/morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Anti-smoking advocates are pressing for a $2 a pack tobacco tax in the wake a recent report that says California is seriously shortchanging smoking cessation programs. The annual report from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, called Broken Promises to Our Children, moni

PHOTO: The number of calls to poison-control centers about electronic cigarette incidents more than doubled last year, which has prompted the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids to call on the Food and Drug Administration to finalize regulations. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The state wants to educate the public about the negative health effects of electronic cigarettes. Public health officials point to recent reports that found the number of calls to poison-control centers about e-cigarette incidents more than doubled last year. A report from th

PHOTO: The Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban

The Los Angeles City Council is outlawing "vaping" in most work sites and many public places, including parks and some beaches. The council on Tuesday also denied an exemption to the ban that would have allowed tobacco-free e-cigarettes in bars, despite concern that banning them might actually lead

Sacramento, CA - Health advocates think California should follow its neighbor's lead in stamping out electronic cigarettes. Oregon has banned the sale of "e-cigarettes," but they are still available in the Golden State. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) will soon be in court to fight a lega

Los Angeles, CA – Californians wanting to "kick the habit" can take the first step for free. A campaign is underway to help Los Angeles County residents stop smoking. The "L.A. Quits" campaign will give away 30,000 starter kits of nicotine gum and patches. Smoking is the number one cause of

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