By Narinder Dhaliwal, MA | July 10, 2019
Director of ATOD, ETR
We are natural advocates, those of us in the public health world. We talk to our children about tobacco. We encourage our family members to use sunscreen. We work every day to promote the health of our communities. Educating our elected representatives is a logical next step, given the advocacy we practice every day of our lives.
ETR’s ATOD team (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs) recently participated in California’s Capitol Information & Education (I&E) Days.
By Wendy Kaplan, MPH | June 6, 2019
Community Programs Manager, ETR
As the Community Programs Manager for the Tobacco Education Clearinghouse of California (TECC), I have the pleasure of working with projects throughout the state of California doing their part to end tobacco-related health disparities. One of the ways we do this is through the creation of educational materials that provide information to specific audiences on a wide range of topics.
By ETR | May 21, 2019
How do we make choices about our behaviors? How do we judge the potential risks and benefits of a decision to, for example, use tobacco products?
In 2002, psychologist Daniel Kahneman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for demonstrating that the answers to these questions are found through an integration of psychology and economics.
By ETR | March 21, 2019
Last year, ETR Program Manager Theresa Boschert wrote a post for us about smoke-free housing as a social justice issue. Smoke-free multi-unit housing is now the rule for federally funded public housing. It’s a good idea for all multi-unit housing.
In the video below, Theresa has a conversation with Administrative Specialist Crystal Mantle about why these policies are important.
By Xinran Cui Dhaliwal, MPH | December 17, 2018
Project Coordinator, ETR
If your holidays are anything like mine, then they are full of family reunions and house hopping. My daughter, one and a half, loves it! New places to check out, great food, hugs and kisses from all the doting adults.
I’m not a helicopter mom, so I don’t really sweat the non-baby proof houses, and there is no limit on sugar. If people want to treat her to some sweets and cookies, that’s fine. She eats well at home.
But I did sweat a little when I came across news about poison control centers handling cases of exposure to e-cigarette devices and liquids.
By Marcia Quackenbush, MS, MFT, MCHES | November 27, 2018
Senior Editor, ETR
You probably already know that flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes pose a unique and compelling danger to children and youth. You’ve paid attention to the headlines. You’ve read the articles and reports. You’ve been astonished at the troubling statistics showing how these products are fueling increases in tobacco use among youth.
That was certainly true for me. Then I helped out in a photoshoot of flavored tobacco and e-cigarette products.
By Vignetta Charles, PhD | August 16, 2018
ETR is privileged to work with outstanding partners. In fact, one of the best things about working here is the opportunity to collaborate with people and programs whose mission, like ours, is to make a genuine difference.
Today the California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) is particularly on our minds.
By Theresa Boschert, JD | June 12, 2018
Project Director, ETR
I’d like to tell you a story about a woman I’ll call Minnie. She’s a single mom with two pre-school aged children. She called my office one day asking for help about her housing situation.
Minnie and her children lived in a second floor apartment in a privately owned low rent housing unit. She was routinely sleeping in her car with her kids because her downstairs neighbor came home from work each day around 6 PM and began smoking. By nine o’clock, her children, one of whom had asthma, were coughing and having problems breathing.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.”
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 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 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?