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Coalition for a tobacco-free San Bernardino county meets

Wednesday, June 2, San Bernardino

TURN (Tobacco use reduction now) and the Coalition for a tobacco-free San Bernardino County met for a bi-monthly meeting. After introductions and approval of minutes from the April 7, 2010 meeting, reports were given from local agencies.

Sharon Nelson from the American Cancer Society announced it's sponsorship of the "Making strides against breast cancer" walk, to be held July 17th at Chino Hills Mall. Another walk for the American Lung Association, "Fighting for air" walk will be held in Fontana Park on October 2nd was announced by Patricia Gonzalez.

Ms Gonzalez also gave a short update on the progress of collecting signatures for the American Cancer Research Act. Both the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association, along with the American Heart Association and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids are sponsoring this initiation to increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1. The revue will fund cancer research and tobacco cessation and prevention programs. Currently 83% of the required signatures have been obtained to place this initiative on the ballot in 2012.

Ana Gamiz from the San Bernardino County Housing Authority reported that studies are being conducted in Redlands and Yucaipa to add two additional properties to the counties smoke free units. There are currently two properties that are smoke free: 250 unit apartment building in San Bernardino and 120 units in Colton.

The progress of several tobacco related ordinances in the various cities of San Bernardino county were discussed.

Patricia Gonzalez, American Lung Association, was approved as the chairman for the coalition for the next fiscal year of July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011 and Sharon Nelson, American Cancer Society is the vice chairman. The next coalition meeting will be held September 1, at 11am, at the County Government Center, 385 North Arrowhead, Joshua Room, San Bernardino. Individuals interested in local tobacco issues are encouraged to attend. For more information call 1-800-637-6653 or email at: or


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