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Oroville bans flavored tobacco products; students react

An outside picture of Dragon Tobacco

Courtney Collier

February 12, 2020

Oroville’s City Council met to confirm a ban taking place in less than a month that will prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products.  Council members had two public meetings where each member supported the ordinance.  With the new ban, only tobacco products that are created from real tobacco leaf...

The Orion Newscast: Chico Bans Flavored Tobacco & Students Walk Out

Christian Solis

December 12, 2019 This week on The Orion Newscast reporters cover Chico City Council's decision to ban all flavored tobacco sales in Chico, as well as a climate, walkout staged by Chico State students and Chico high schoolers. Christian Solis can be reached at the...

Chico City Council votes to ban flavored tobacco sales

Meghan Kavenaugh is speaking to the city council and sharing her concerns about the ban. Photo credit: Mary Vogel

Julian Mendoza

December 5, 2019

At Tuesday's Chico City Council meeting, councilmembers voted 5-2 to stop the sale of flavored tobacco sales within city limits and received information of other sample ordinances passed in other cities. Councilmembers Scott Huber, Karl Ory, Ann Schwab, Vice Mayor Alex Brown and Mayor Randall stone...

With all these vaping-related deaths, some still believe in its safety

Photo credit: Julian Mendoza

Jack Lewis

October 21, 2019

For years, big tobacco has used shady tactics to get Americans hooked on nicotine. In fact, smoking cigarettes is the number one cause of preventable death in the nation, responsible for over 480,000 deaths every year according to the CDC. Now, the nation is experiencing a new form of nicotine addiction...

Breathe Easy

Kendall George

August 22, 2017

It might be time to break out the nicotine gum, because effective September 1st, the entire Chico State campus, as well as all other CSU campuses, will be smoke and tobacco free.That means no cigarettes, no vaping, no pipes, cigars or snuff products of any kind will be allowed in any area of campus. T...

Smoking Ban at CSU Chico

All CSU campuses have now been deemed tobacco free. Courtesy of Getty Images

Andrew Freeman

August 21, 2017

Last Thursday, the grounds of Chico State officially became smoke and tobacco-free. This means the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes or chewing tobacco is prohibited on any school grounds.According to Trisha Seastrom, the program director of the Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center (CADEC), there wil...

Gov. Brown signs bill raising smoking age to 21

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Amelia Storm

May 7, 2016

Gov. Brown has signed legislation that raises the smoking age from 18 to 21 for Californians. There is a stipulation that maintains the current age of 18 for active military personnel. The bill also restricts the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and expands the current no-smoking areas at pu...

California’s tobacco measure will have negative results

Photo credit: Helen Suh

Sean Daly

March 29, 2016

From 2011-2012 in California, adults aged 18-24formed the lowest demographic of cigarette smokers except for adults aged 65 and over. They also had lower rates of smoking than the national average, which have both been steadily dropping recently. So why is our California legislature trying to restrict...

Chico’s tobacco regulations don’t make the grade

Chico State students smoking in the smoking area by Whitney Hall Photo credit: Amelia Storm

Amelia Storm

February 12, 2016

Chico has failed to pass the criteria set for a healthy, tobacco free community. On February 3, The American Lung Association released its annual “State of Tobacco Control,” grades. California received an overall grade of “B,” while Chico received a “D.” “I'm not surprised that Chico received a low...

California Health Collaborative’s program launch to help struggling smokers

Chico State has specific smoking areas on campus for students. Photo credit: Kiana Alvarez

December 15, 2015

Adult smokers in Butte County make up 22.8 percent of the population, one of the highest percentages out of all counties in California. Bruce Baldwin, California Health Collaborative cessation coordinator, hopes to lower that number with the launch of a new program, The Equity Project, designed to he...

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