Recent News: AB 619 Passed Unanimously by the Assembly Health Committee!
Breathe Southern California is proud to sponsor Assembly Bill 619 (Calderon), which requires the California Department of Public Health to conduct provider awareness for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and also require counties to include provisions in the next iteration of their emergency plan that address the adverse effects of wildfire smoke on lung health.
COPD is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory asthma. This disease is characterized by increasing difficulty in breathing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightening. COPD is incurable, but it can be managed to slow the progression of the disease. Nationally, COPD is the fourth-leading cause of death, and in California, it is the fifth.
According to National Institute of Health findings, despite nearly 150,000 COPD-related deaths each year, government funding for disease research and programs is dwarfed by funding for other diseases. Among all diseases and conditions receiving research funding from the National Institutes of Health in 2019, COPD ranks 172nd. Because Washington will not step up to address this clear need, we need Sacramento to do its part.
Breathe Southern California has taken positions on current legislative bills in accordance with our statewide priorities for the 2019-2020 legislative session. We have been actively tracking topics of concern (Tobacco & E-Cigarettes, Green Technology, Air Quality, Respiratory Health Management) as they influence state policy and ultimately work in favor or against the respiratory health and wellbeing of the vulnerable populations we serve.
End Diesel Now
End Diesel Now is Breathe SoCal’s advocacy campaign urging elected and appointed officials to end the use, sale, and distribution of diesel fuel now in Southern California to protect the health of current and future residents!
Flavored Tobacco/Vaping Bans
Flavored Tobacco/Vaping Bans across Los Angeles County have been front and center, with Breathe SoCal working on and advocating for a ban to keep our residents’ lungs smoke-free and healthy. Our goal is to promote educational and prevention initiatives surrounding lung disease.
Breathe SoCal is committed to protecting the health of all residents. As a member of the Los Angeles Families Fighting Flavored Tobacco Coalition, Breathe SoCal Is advocating for an end to the sale of flavored tobacco throughout Los Angeles County.
The tobacco industry continues to push flavored tobacco products that hook kids on nicotine, which has disastrous health effects, including harming brain development. At Breathe SoCal, we provide educational programming throughout the County. We have made presentations stressing the horrific impacts of flavored tobacco products to over 1,200 community members, including teachers, parents, students, and law enforcement. We have seen from every angle the devastating impact flavored tobacco, including menthol, has had on our residents, especially the most vulnerable among us.
Our work has led to success efforts in advancing the ending of the sale of flavored tobacco in several localities including Beverly Hills, Carson, Long Beach, Los Angeles County, Pasadena, and West Hollywood. Our work on this important issue continues, including in the Cities of Compton, El Monte, Glendale, and Los Angeles.