A Breath of Fresh Air: Engaging with Duarte’s Youth through a PhotoVoice Project

Reducing Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Multi-Unit Housing Clean air is essential for healthy lungs; we all need healthy lungs now more than ever during the coronavirus pandemic. Do not let the air in your home threaten your family’s health.  In Los Angeles County, over 500,000 nonsmoking adults and children are exposed to secondhand smoke1. When you are exposed to …

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Re-Energizing YOUR Brand During Uncertain Times

2020 has hit and hurt us all, but if we can find a silver lining here, it’s that this pandemic and uncertain economic times are teaching us resilience and innovation. The popular axiom “Necessity is the Mother of invention” never felt more true now. There’s also another popular axiom, “From chaos comes opportunity.” Both proved true in the past months, …

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City of Hope Staffer Stands Up to Secondhand Smoke At Home

Learn how one Duarte resident is supporting our tobacco control campaign to better protect nonsmokers from harmful secondhand smoke exposure. Standing up to clear the air and make a difference Progress in reducing secondhand smoke exposure among nonsmokers has stalled since 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 58 million Americans are still exposed to secondhand smoke …

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How Vaping Marketers Target Youth

Big Tobacco has a long history of marketing its products to youth, and now with the popularity of e-cigarettes and vaping, little has changed. All of this means we have our work cut out for us even as we make strides in building our youth coalition in the fight against secondhand smoke exposure and improving tobacco control measures. Sadly, the …

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Tobacco Control – Pushing a City Towards Cleaner Air

Discover How This Grandmother Doesn’t Want to See Big Tobacco Hurt Future Generations Fighting to Make Sure Everyone Breathes Clean Air Longtime Duarte resident Jacqueline Hasty remembers spending her childhood buying cigarettes for her parents, carrying a note to the store that her mother gave her that simply read “Please sell my daughter cigarettes.” Now 64 and a grandmother, Jacqueline …

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COVID-19 Changed a Project, But That Turned Out To Be An Opportunity

A small business directory for Fountain Valley became a one-stop-shop resource for employers trying to find their way through COVID-19 Background Fountain Valley’s Assistant City Manager takes elevating local businesses, so they thrive, generate revenue, and serve their customers. The Experience Fountain Valley, an economic development website, was developed to promote all business activities, land opportunities and serve a complete …

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Minority Voices Matter: Speak Up, Engage and Change Your Community

Do you know what’s going on in your community right now? Any idea who your local government officials are, and what their current initiatives are for the growth of your neighborhood? There’s a known disparity in the amount of talk, talk, talk that we indulge in on a regular basis, whether that be rants online about the lack of love …

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Big Tobacco Targeting Minority Communities

Over the past several decades, tobacco companies have strategically marketed tobacco products to appeal to minority and low-income communities. These companies use targeted advertising techniques, such as Tobacco the brands “Rio” and “Dorado” that heavily advertise to the Hispanic-American community (CDC). Specifically, the industry markets menthol cigarettes to African-American community, who overwhelming favors this type of cigarette. They target the …

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Strength In Numbers + Coalition Building

Allegra Consulting has participated in many different Los Angeles County community outreach educational programs. One major tool we have learned from these past experiences is that it is vital for communities to ban together in order to reach a common goal. Whether it’s a community celebration, a fundraiser, or even getting speed bumps put on your streets! If you are …

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Secondhand Smoke Exposure: The Real Harm and What You Should Be Doing To Fix It

Los Angeles County Residents are facing an ongoing and serious health issue that some may not even realize is happening. Over the last few years California has made big strides towards eliminating this health issue in the workplace and public areas but the many Californians who live in multi-unit housing are still facing this real problem. ExEposure to secondhand smoke …

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