April 1 through 6 is National Public Health Week — a time to acknowledge the benefits of our public health efforts.

Public health science has demonstrated that there is NO risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure; this has been known for years. Lung cancer rates have dropped because of California’s aggressive tobacco control efforts. The Surgeon General’s recent advisory strongly encouraged communities, parents and healthcare providers to come together to fight the scourge of tobacco use, including electronic cigarette uptake among our youth.

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