Chancellor Timothy P. White's Executive Order 1108 that bans the use of tobacco and all related products from the CSUSB campus has been receiving mixed reviews. This includes banning e-cigarettes, vaporizers, snuff and chewing tobacco on all CSU campuses, claiming that it will promote a healthier, safer learning environment. This executive order supersedes all previous campus policies related to smoking. All UC schools have been smoke-free for the past three years and now CSU schools have followed. The health risks of tobacco have been thoroughly studied and it is well known that smoking is unhealthy. However, students and faculty who are regular tobacco users are having a … [Read more...] about CSU Smoking Ban: Mixed Opinions
By Erika Aguilar |Staff Writer| After the election, twelve of the seventeen propositions were approved by voters; the other five that failed to do so will have an impact on Californians. Prop. 51 allows California to borrow $9 billion to improve overall education. "I think it's great because money has been taken away from school over the years and it's obvious it has had an affect on this generation," said student Breanne Downey. Prop. 52 guarantees funding for Medi-Cal to help low-income families. "It's great that this prop passed because it helps pay for health care services for children, low income families and seniors who pay for their medical expenses," said student … [Read more...] about California Props; Did we get them right?
By Marie Fernandes |Staff Writer| Cigarette smoking is one of the leading causes of premature diseases and death in the United States with more than 480,000 deaths per year. On Feb. 5, CVS Caremark announced that by October of this year their stores across America will no longer be selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. President and CEO of CVS Caremark Larry J. Merlo said, “Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.” I believe that this is a great idea on their part because cigarettes and tobacco products do not belong in a place where health care is the main focus. According to Merlo, CVS’s decision to remove tobacco products from the … [Read more...] about CVS soon to be tobacco free
By Desirae Contreras |Staff Writer| Yotes can take part in cleaning up the air that we breathe. According to the Air Quality Management District (AQMD) of Southern California air pollution in the area has improved dramatically since the 1940s. However, the website states we still have a long way to go to meet state and federal air quality health standards. The AQMD suggests ways for making a difference in today’s environment by following 10 easy steps towards decreasing pollution. First, CSUSB students can take part by converting from older vehicles to eco- friendly ones that produce less carbon emissions, thus reducing pollution. “Start by eliminating dirty diesels’ … [Read more...] about Creating a pollution-free environment
By Sara Nydam |Staff Writer| The state of California is considering a new proposition that will spend your tax dollars in a foolish way. Proposition 29 will tax each individual pack of cigarettes an extra dollar to create a program that will duplicate that is already under way. I do not believe we need to vote for this bill because spending money that Californians don’t have will certainly not fix our economic problems. I feel it is ludicrous to assume that the state of California should, according to NoOn29.com, “start a new billion-dollar spending program when we have a $10 billion plus budget deficit and can’t pay for critically-needed existing programs like education and … [Read more...] about New cigarette tax will not benefit California’s economy