Statements of Olivia Gertz, President and CEO American Lung Association in California on the California Senate's passage of key tobacco and climate legislation
(June 3, 2015)
The American Lung Association in California applauds the California Senate for taking strong actions this week to protect Californians from the public health burdens caused by both tobacco and fossil fuels. We will not stop until all Californians, and especially our children, are protected against threats to their lung health.
On the passage of Lung Association-sponsored tobacco legislation on June 2, 2015
The Senate’s action yesterday to pass tobacco legislation sponsored by the American Lung Association in California affirms California’s commitment to protect our children from the lifelong health impacts of smoking.
Senate Bill 140 by Senator Mark Leno (regulating the sales and use of electronic cigarettes) and Senate Bill 151 by Senator Ed Hernandez (raising the minimum purchase age of tobacco products) would keep California kids from smoking and help to ensure the health of our state. The fact is that the tobacco industry has a long and disturbing history of luring youth to their addictive products. Both of these bills will help to prevent California’s children from an addiction that could cost them their lives.
On the passage of landmark climate change legislation on June 3, 2015
The clean air and clean energy targets and climate adaptation programs approved by the Senate today in the California Climate Leadership package of bills are critical to the health and well-being of Californians now and for generations to follow. The American Lung Association in California applauds the Senate’s actions to approve this eleven bill package.
Senate Bill 32 by Senator Fran Pavley that sets an over-arching 2050 climate target and Senate Bill 350 by Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León that sets 2030 petroleum reduction, renewable energy and energy efficiency goals each passed the Senate with the support of dozens of leading California health and medical organizations including the American Cancer Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the California Black Health Network, asthma coalitions and others. These bills together set the course for strong climate leadership and will advance California’s landmark AB 32 clean energy, clean cars, clean fuels and sustainable communities programs while ensuring cleaner technologies are available for all Californians. The California Climate Leadership package advances the fight against climate change and cleans up the air for all Californians.
The American Lung Association in California calls on the California Assembly and Governor Brown to move quickly to approve these critical bills to ensure our children grow up with clean air and healthy lungs.