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Supervisors vote to ban tobacco-flavored products

LOS ANGELES — The county Board of Supervisors Sept. 24 unanimously voted its intent to approve a ban on flavored tobacco products, including menthol, despite protests by dozens of tobacco business owners and advocates who support vaping and e-cigarettes as aids to quitting smoking. Groups from both sides of the issue tried to shout each Read More…

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Didi Hirsch center fundraiser raises nearly $500,000

LOS ANGELES — With actress Catherine Hicks as emcee, suicide prevention advocaten Talinda Bennington as speaker, the 21st annual Alive & Running Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention surpassed its goal, raising nearly $500,000 for Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services’ Suicide Prevention Center. The record-breaking event, held just north of Los Angeles International Airport wrapped up Suicide Read More…

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County health officials report first vaping death

E-cigarettes blamed for increase in lung ailments LOS ANGELES — County public health officials announced Sept. 6 the county’s first known death of a person stemming from the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping — the fourth such death nationwide. Dr. Muntu Davis, the county’s health officer, said the patient was an “older adult who had Read More…