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(Note: Opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of ETR as an agency.)

Youth E-Cigarette Use and School Connectedness
March 20, 2018

Youth E-Cigarette Use and School Connectedness

By Xinran Cui Dhaliwal, MPH | March 20, 2018
Project Coordinator, ETR

Health promotion must take a multifaceted approach. It is the only path to success. This is one of my core beliefs.

It’s also something that resonated deeply for me at ETR’s recent All Staff Retreat—my first. When you meet everyone in this organization in one room at one time, you are struck by the fact that ETR staffers work in so many diverse areas of public health research and practice.

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Tags: Social determinants of health, Health Equity Framework, Tobacco prevention, Tobacco, E-cigarettes, School connectedness, Vaping
Inspired to Do More: Joining ETR's CCAP Team
January 18, 2018

Inspired to Do More: Joining ETR's CCAP Team

By Manveer Sahota | January 18, 2018
Community Outreach and Advocacy Specialist, ETR

Inspiration is powerful. From the time I was a teen, inspiring people have come into my life at just the right moments. They’ve given me encouragement to move forward, to grow and to give back, exactly when I was ready to do so.

Today, because of those experiences, I’m working with the California Clean Air Project (CCAP). 

By Manveer Sahota
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Tags: Tobacco prevention, Second-hand smoke, Tribal communities, Tribal nations, CCAP
Medical Cannabis? Medical Marijuana? What's the Difference?
January 3, 2018

Medical Cannabis? Medical Marijuana? What's the Difference?

By Narinder Dhaliwal, MA | January 3, 2018
Program Manager, ETR

What’s in a name? Is it medical marijuana that’s supported by 29 states plus the District of Columbia? Or should we be calling it medical cannabis?

There are different perspectives on these language choices, and often people hold their opinions strongly. As the legal uses of cannabis become more widespread, I expect the language to continue evolving. In the meantime, here are some of the arguments for using one term or the other.

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Tags: Medical marijuana, Medical cannabis, Cannabis
Looking to Future Generations: Building Healthier Communities on Reservations
December 5, 2017

Looking to Future Generations: Building Healthier Communities on Reservations

By Jennifer R. Geisler, MS, RN—San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians | December 5, 2017
Community Outreach Coordinator, ETR

I was born and raised on the Rincon reservation in Southern California. They are a neighboring tribe to my tribe, the San Pasqual. There’s a good chance, even if you know about reservation life, mine was not what you would expect.

My parents sheltered the children in our family. I had no idea that my community was struggling with serious issues around diabetes, alcohol and drug use. 

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Tags: Youth, Drug prevention, Alcohol prevention, Tobacco prevention, Tribal communities, Prevention
It's Here! Drug Prevention Pamphlet Series in Spanish
September 28, 2017

It's Here! Drug Prevention Pamphlet Series in Spanish

By Lisa Edelman | September 28, 2017
Regional Account Manager, ETR

We do great pamphlets here at ETR! I sincerely believe our health education pamphlets are the best you can find. Once in awhile, a title or series comes along that’s exciting for reasons other than the excellence of its content.

That’s the case for the new Spanish translations of our “What You Need to Know About…” series of pamphlets

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Tags: Spanish language products, Substance abuse
Wake Up: An E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign That Worked
August 31, 2017

Wake Up: An E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign That Worked

By April Roeseler, BSN, MSPH | August 31, 2017
Branch Chief, California Tobacco Control Network

Are e-cigarettes really harmful to youth? Yes. Last year’s Surgeon General Report E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults confirms that this is a “major public health concern.” Younger brains are more susceptible to addiction, and e-cigarette use may open the door to other addictions, including conventional cigarettes and illicit drugs. Exposure to nicotine while young may interfere with brain development with resulting negative effects on cognition, memory and attention.

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Tags: media campaign, Vaping, E-cigarettes, tobacco prevention, nicotine
Smokefree Laws and a Look at the Evidence
March 8, 2017

Smokefree Laws and a Look at the Evidence

By Narinder Dhaliwal, MA | March 8, 2017
Program Manager, ETR

Did you happen to see the recent Slate article about secondhand smoke? It had an enticing headline—the kind that often makes Slate such a compelling and engaging read:

“We Used Terrible Science to Justify Smoking Bans”

By Narinder Dhaliwal, MA
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Tags: Tobacco, Second-hand smoke, Smokefree laws, Science
Patient Education for the Opioid Epidemic
October 25, 2016

Patient Education for the Opioid Epidemic

By Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES | October 25, 2016
Senior Editor, ETR

The tragedy of opioid addiction is not new. When I was a teen, my sisters and I lost two friends to heroin overdoses.

And I still remember the time one of my closest friends told me about the night she tried some drugs with her boyfriend, a heroin addict, and almost died. When she stopped breathing, he didn’t want to call for help because he was afraid he’d be arrested.

No, opioids and heroin are not new. But today’s epidemic is different, and it’s become much worse.

By Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES
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Tags: Substance abuse, Opioids, New products
Narinder Dhaliwal: Working to End Tobacco's Toll
August 8, 2016

Narinder Dhaliwal: Working to End Tobacco's Toll

By ETR | August 8, 2016
 

For most of her life, Narinder Dhaliwal has been an enthusiastic advocate for tobacco control. “I watched my grandfather slowly kill himself by smoking one or two packs a day,” she explains.

Some of the effects left a strong impression on Narinder. “His fingers on both hands were stained yellow. His lips were close to black. He was always surrounded by the smell of stale tobacco.”

Her grandfather paid the highest possible price for smoking. “He worked his whole life at the Ford car factory. He finally retired at age 60. He never got to cash his first pension check. He died of a massive heart attack while on holiday in India. That check arrived after he died.”

It is no surprise that, after this experience, Narinder has brought a particular devotion to her work as Director of ETR’s Tobacco Education Clearinghouse (TECC).

By Narinder Dhaliwal, MA
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Tags: Tobacco, ETR staff, TECC
Halt the Hookah! 4 Practical Steps to Better Prevention
September 8, 2015

Halt the Hookah! 4 Practical Steps to Better Prevention

By Narinder Dhaliwal, MA | September 8, 2015
Project Director, Calfiornia's Clean Air Project, ETR

Hookah. The very word brings a sense of excitement to the minds of many young adults. Not only can they sit around a table among friends and smoke, they can share this beautiful, ornate device that makes it an extra-special experience!

What was once a cultural tradition dating back 500 years in Middle East regions of the world has become a trend. It’s “cool,” “sexy,” “fun,” “relaxing.”

By Narinder Dhaliwal, MA
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Tags: Tobacco, Hookah
Legalized Marijuana: Making Smart Choices
July 9, 2015

Legalized Marijuana: Making Smart Choices

By Laura Perkins, MLS | July 9, 2015
Project Editor, ETR

Laws on the legalization of marijuana in the U.S. are changing rapidly. Since 1996, 23 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized the use of marijuana to treat some medical conditions. A number of states have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. And now Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon have legalized the recreational use of marijuana for adults over 21. The public health implications within this changing landscape are only just beginning to emerge.

By Laura Perkins, MLS
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Tags: Drugs
Déjà Vu: Big Tobacco Recruits!
June 2, 2015

Déjà Vu: Big Tobacco Recruits!

By Narinder Dhaliwal, MA | June 2, 2015
Project Director, California's Clean Air Project, ETR

“Nicotine is not addictive,” tobacco executives said in 1994, testifying before Congress in what are now known as the Waxman Hearings. They said this repeatedly, even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary from authorities all the way up to the U.S. Surgeon General.

Over 20 years later, we have 20 more years worth of scientific evidence demonstrating that nicotine is addictive and harmful. We know these products are killing people in all kinds of ways, from direct smoking, to secondhand smoke exposure and even thirdhand smoke (the residual nicotine and other chemicals that remain on people and indoor surfaces—hair, skin, clothes, counters, furniture, drapes, bedding and more).

So what are tobacco companies telling us now that e-cigarettes are on the scene?

By Narinder Dhaliwal, MA
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Tags: Tobacco, E-cigarettes, Second-hand smoke
Working with Tribal Nations: Breaking Barriers, Building Relationships
June 16, 2014

Working with Tribal Nations: Breaking Barriers, Building Relationships

By Narinder Dhaliwal, MA

Have you ever heard, “You can’t work with Native Americans unless you are a Native American”? Not true! Yet we hear it over and over again from those who appoint themselves as the “gatekeepers” of Tribal Nations. California’s Clean Air Project (CCAP) at ETR has been building relationships and providing education and research to Tribal Nations in California since 2006. What we’ve found is that respect is the key.

By Narinder Dhaliwal, MA
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Tags: Tobacco, Second-hand smoke, Tribal nations