New Webinar: Riding the Vape Train: Pairing Comprehensive TRL with Flavored Tobacco Bans

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PHLC in collaboration with Santa Barbara County Public Health Department’s Tobacco Prevention Program. Santa Barbara County passed two local ordinances on comprehensive TRL. This webinar talks about 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.




Did You Know – Vaping linked to COVID-19 risk in teens and young adults


Vaping linked to COVID-19 risk in teens and young adults

[From Stanford Medicine] – Data collected in May shows that teenagers and young adults who vape face a much higher risk of COVID-19 than their peers who do not vape, Stanford researchers found.

The study, which was published online Aug. 11 in the Journal of Adolescent Health, is the first to examine connections between youth vaping and COVID-19 using U.S. population-based data collected during the pandemic.

Among young people who were tested for the virus that causes COVID-19, the research found that those who vaped were five to seven times more likely to be infected than those who did not use e-cigarettes.

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

Did You Know: Arrest During Emerging Adulthood Can Impact Smoking Behavior of African Americans

A newly published study examined how arrest during emerging adulthood altered smoking behavior during subsequent years and whether there were differential effects by race/ethnicity and gender. Researchers analyzed 15 waves of data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997.
Findings included:
  • For both genders, arrested black men and women had the most distinct smoking transitions (both increases and decreases) as compared with their non-arrested counterparts.
  • Among men, particularly black males, arrest in early adulthood was associated with the men transitioning to both increased and decreased smoking.
  • Patterns in smoking transitions for women were less clear, suggesting that women’s smoking may be influenced by factors not in the models.
  • Women had a low probability of starting to smoke or increasing smoking if they were never arrested between 18 and 21 years of age.

The researchers conclude that transitioning into increased smoking offers some support for labeling theory processes. Other findings suggest that arrest may lead to some men reducing or quitting smoking. Early adulthood arrest may serve to “shock the system” and contribute to males altering their prior smoking behavior. Because criminal justice policymakers tend to focus on issues like ex-offender unemployment, public health officials can provide guidance regarding the effect of justice system involvement on smoking, particularly given the adverse health outcomes of using cigarettes.

Source: Hassett-Walker & Shadden (2020). Examining Arrest and Cigarette Smoking in Emerging Adulthood. Tobacco Use Insights, 13: 1179173X20904350.

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 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 with questions.

Learn More About Enforcement Funds Here

Study Examines E-Cigarette Use Among Asian Americans



A newly published study examined electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) use and their associations with conventional cigarette smoking and nicotine addiction among Asian Americans (AAs). Findings included: AAs who ever used ENDS reported they were more likely to smoke conventional cigarettes, smoke ≤100 cigarettes in a lifetime, and felt more difficulty concentrating without using tobacco than those who never used END. Theresearchers concluded that ENDS use may be associated with conventional cigarette smoking and may lead to nicotine addiction among AAs.
Source: Roh et al. (2020). Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) Use Patterns and Its Associations With Cigarette Smoking and Nicotine Addiction Among Asian Americans: Findings From the National Adult Tobacco Survey (NATS) 2013-2014. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, May 27, 1-19.

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!

The LOOP’s 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge Panel

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Thursday, July 9th, 2020


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In today’s world, change is happening all around us – at an even faster pace than we’ve seen in a long time. Change is inevitable and, often, a good thing. But change isn’t always easy. It means breaking long-standing habits that all of us have created – that includes behaviors, mindsets, and even our environments.


Here at The LOOP, we see health equity as part of the larger social justice solution. In our field, we must recognize bias and how various policies can negatively impact people of color, in particular. We must understand the creation and perpetuation of systemic racism before we can create solutions. Thus, borrowing from the concept created by the America & Moore consulting firm, we are challenging ourselves and our LOOP community to take part in a 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge so we can both take an introspective journey and learn more about the experiences of others.


As our 21 day racial equity challenge winds down, we will be bringing together a community of speakers to touch on the intersection of health and race on July 9, 2020 at 10 am. Over the course of 21 days we have asked you to engage with brief activities (read, listen, watch, etc) to explore your own biases, learn about race issues, and the impact of race on the health of our black and brown communities and how to get involved. In honor of George Floyd each speaker will have exactly 8 minutes and 46 seconds to share a statement. We hope that you are able to join us and share what you have learned in this 21 day process.



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)

Queen Chela (The UWC)



Have you been keeping up with the LOOP Racial Equity Challenge on Facebook?

Do you have any biases?

Have you been keeping up with the LOOP Racial Equity Challenge on Facebook?

If you missed some of the content this week, here’s a little recap:

How racial prejudices implement laws that disproportionally effect black and brown communities:

Read: Explaining White Privilege to a broke white person


Listen: Breakdances with Wolves 


Watch: Starbucks Showed This Short Film to Its Employees To Teach Them About Racial Bias | NowThis

Read: Racism in America

Listen: Intersectionality Matters


Be sure to follow us on Facebook and stay updated and educated on this social issue. We can all bring about change!