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California targets candy-flavored tobacco as teen ‘gateway’ to cigarette smoking

Amid rising rates of teens vaping with e-cigarettes and an explosion of fruit- and candy-flavored tobacco products, health officials and high school teen groups are trying to crush the temptation to try nicotine.

Health & Medicine

President Trump: 'Bad things are going to happen to Obamacare'

President Trump says he is moving on from the congressional health care bill after Speaker Paul Ryan failed to gather enough votes to pass it through the House of Representatives. In a statement after the bill's failure was announced, the president said that Obamacare would prove to be a disaster in 2017 and that Democrats would eventually work with him to draft a replacement.

Capitol Alert

Gov. Brown slams Trump at Obamacare rally

Gov. Jerry Brown, standing on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, taunted President Donald Trump, urging the president to “come down from Trump Tower” and calling the GOP health care replacement for Obamacare “fake,” at an event marking the law’s seventh anniversary on Wednesday.

Capitol Alert

San Francisco: 'A commitment to providing universal access care'

Healthy San Francisco, signed into law by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom when he was mayor of San Francisco, is expected to serve as a foundation of Newsom’s political platform in the 2018 governor’s race to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown. The effort is prompted in part by turmoil in Washington over House Republicans’ proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Capitol Alert

Could San Francisco’s universal health care model work for all of California?

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is staking out a strategy to rein in rising health care costs, expand universal access to people across the state regardless of income or immigration status and preserve coverage for the estimated 5 million Californians who risk losing their insurance under President Donald Trump. Newsom wants to build on Healthy San Francisco, a program signed into law when he was mayor of the city, as he runs to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown in the 2018 governor’s race. Turmoil in Washington over House Republicans’ proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare has fueled Newsom’s resolve to adopt universal health care despite several past failed statewide efforts.

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California teens speak out against candy-flavored tobacco at state Capitol

More teens are turning to fruit- and candy-flavored tobacco, raising concerns that sweetened e-cigarettes and cigarillos are a gateway to nicotine addiction. A California anti-tobacco campaign targeting teens has ramped up in high schools and at a recent state Capitol rally on Kick Butts Day.
Claudia Buck cbuck@sacbee.com
California teens speak out against candy-flavored tobacco at state Capitol 1:20

California teens speak out against candy-flavored tobacco at state Capitol

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'Cancer is Hilarious' blogger faced her fears

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President Trump: 'Bad things are going to happen to Obamacare'

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Rep. Pelosi says GOP should've taken time to develop health care bill