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Tobacco ban on Cal State, Cal Community Colleges moves forward in legislature




 A person dressed as a cigarette called 'Ciggy Butts' encourages students on the UC Berkeley campus to quit smoking.
A person dressed as a cigarette called 'Ciggy Butts' encourages students on the UC Berkeley campus to quit smoking.
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California State University and California Community College campuses got one step closer to being tobacco-free after the state Assembly voted 41-24 yesterday to approve a tobacco ban.

It would include electronic cigarettes, much to the dismay of young vapers. Sacramento Democrat Kevin McCarty is leading the effort to get the law passed, citing links between secondhand smoke exposure and heart and lung disease. Opponents say the decision whether to ban tobacco should be left up to local community college boards to decide what best fits each campus.

The bill still has to pass the Senate and would have to be signed by Governor Brown before going into law.

Guests:

Naomi Kitajima, Member of the Health Services Association of Community Colleges - an official supporter of AB 1594 (McCarty); Health Services Director, Foothill College (near Palo Alto)

Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at New York University and a consultant for Altria, a tobacco company; he tweets from @MarkARKleiman