Upcoming Webinar: Riding the Vape Train: Pairing Comprehensive TRL With Flavored Tobacco Bans

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Cities and counties interested in comprehensive tobacco retail licensing (TRL) and flavored tobacco bans should attend the August 25th webinar “Riding the Vape Train: Pairing Comprehensive TRL with Flavored Tobacco Bans.” The Law & Policy Partnership to End the Commercial Tobacco Epidemic will be joined by staff from the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department to talk about the advocacy and legal work that happened to pass two local ordinances in Santa Barbara County, and the lessons learned about the implementation phase of comprehensive new sales restrictions.

Register now for this August 25 (10 a.m. PT) webinar.

For more information, please contact Andrew Twinamatsiko

Funding Opportunities


New California Grants Portal

This month, the California State Library launched the California Grants Portal. This website provides a single portal to find all state grant and loan opportunities offered on a first-come or competitive basis. Visit grants.ca.gov to discover the diversity of grant opportunities available from state agencies.  

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Tobacco Enforcement Funds Available – RFPs due August 7th!

New Tobacco Enforcement Funds are now available through the Office of the Attorney General. As a result of Proposition 56, the Office of the Attorney General makes these annual funds available to local law enforcement agencies through the California Department of Justice Tobacco Grant Program. For Fiscal Year 2020-2021 a total of $28.5 million in grant funding is available statewide.

Any local public agency within the State of California that has the authority to enforce tobacco-related state laws or local ordinances is eligible to apply. Last day to apply is Friday, August 7, 2020.

Contact TobaccoGrantRFP@doj.ca.gov with questions.

Learn More About Enforcement Funds Here

Racial Equity Webinar Recording is Ready!

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We want to thank all of those who joined us for our “21 Day Challenge Racial Equity Webinar Panel” on July 9th! Our incredible speakers delivered powerful, personal, and informative presentations to us on racial discrimination and systemic racism and how those ideas intersect with commercial tobacco control and health equity.

Thank you to our amazing speakers!

Dr. Valerie Yerger (The LOOP)

Evi Hernandez (Hispanic Latinx Coordinating Center)

Carol McGruder (AMPLIFY; AATCLC)


Lou Moerner (The LOOP; American Indian/Alaska Native Advocate & Researcher) 






Next Steps:

We are reviewing the survey feedback and are exploring options for extending this initiative moving forward. We’ll be sure to keep you posted!
We also want to thank all of those who have already reached out to us for Tailored Assistance on various topics and areas of expertise! As always, The LOOP Team and our extended team of Tailored Assistance Trainers are happy to help!

Missed a Recent Webinar? See the Recordings Below!


There have been so many great webinars lately in our community! In case you missed one, we decided to pull together some of the recent webinar recordings on topics related to health equity and commercial tobacco control. Please share & enjoy!


Equity and Social Justice Webinar: Native American Health and COVID-19

Equity and Social Justice Webinar – Health Disparities and COVID-19

NNN, ANRF, BHCAIH, and SNTEPP Present: Strategies to Reopen Tribal Casinos 100% Smokefree

Pólizas y Políticas en Su Comunidad: Como Involucrase y Reducir el Consumo de Tabaco

Tobacco Industry Policy Interference During COVID-19: Why Tobacco is NOT Essential

Join We Breathe and RISE for a LGBTQ/Rural webinar on April 21st!

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We Breathe: Supporting Tobacco-Free LGBTQ Communities and RISE: Rural Initiatives Strengthening Equity is proud to collaborate on a LGBTQ/Rural webinar.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) individuals continue to face greater health threats and disparities than their heterosexual peers. Importantly, LGBTQ are members of every community, and include people of all races and ethnicities, all ages, all faiths and socioeconomic statuses, and from all parts of California. Although much has changed socially and politically regarding the social and legal status of LGBTQ persons, issues of marginalization, stigmatization, and homophobia continue to plague the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ individuals in rural environments continue to face greater psychosocial and health disparities compared to their urban LGBTQ counterparts.
Public Health Departments have an essential role to play across the lifespan of LGBT individuals. This webinar will provide an overview of the experience of LGBT individuals in rural environments. Throughout the webinar participants can expect to gain knowledge about issues facing rural LGBTQ persons, existing community strengths, as well as resources and tools to interact with rural LGBTQ clients and communities.
  1. Discuss the existing challenges and opportunities facing LGBTQ individuals in rural environments.
  2. Participate in an in-depth LGBTQ 101 and terminology learning session
  3. Assess and validate appropriate resources for use with LGBTQ clients and community members.


You may register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8540633995568477452

For more information, please contact Dannie Cesena at dcesena@health-access.orgor Megan Armstrong at marmstrong@buttecounty.net

COVID-19 Communications Resources from CTCP

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The California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) heard from numerous projects requesting tools to help educate their communities about the adverse effect smoking and vaping appear to have on one’s susceptibility to and ability to cope with coronavirus (COVID-19). To assist, CTCP’s media unit has gathered several resources, including sample social media content, which can be used by funded projects.
The resources are saved to the Public Relations tab within the Media & Communications section in Partners and can be viewed HERE.

Stay healthy & safe, LOOP Community!