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Health

State ban on selling flavored tobacco products goes into effect Jan. 1, 2021

Violators will face a $250 fine.

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Health

Vaping linked to higher risk of COVID-19 in teens and young adults

A young person who has vaped and smoked cigarettes is seven times more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19, according to a recently published study. Someone who only vaped is five times as likely to get diagnosed.

Supporters of a ban on flavored tobacco products tried to appeal to Hollister City Council at an Aug. 5 meeting. Photos by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Hollister City Council continues wrestling with flavored tobacco sales

Members vote down a proposed amendment as insufficient; ad hoc committee will go back to the drawing board.

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Children and Youth

Residents discuss how Hollister should handle flavored tobacco

At town hall, parent says youth aren’t just buying it in local stores; they’re also buying it online.

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Business / Economy

San Juan Bautista looks to ban smoking in outdoor dining areas

City Council aims to update existing ordinance at future meeting.

Physician Marni Friedman was asked to speak on the dangers flavored tobacco products at the Feb. 19 Hollister City Council meeting. She said the tobacco industry targets youth to make them lifelong addicts. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

High school students speak out about flavored tobacco

Two Hollister City Council members will sit on ad hoc committee to gain consensus for an ordinance.

Hosts answer questions about opioids and tobacco during Jan. 22 event put on by San Benito County Behavioral Health. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Children and Youth

County Behavioral Health educates public on opioids and tobacco

Prevention task force highlights safe drug disposal, dangers of vaping.