Welcome to Breathe California

Beginning in 1904, Breathe California has worked to reduce the impact of lung disease through prevention, education, advocacy and patient services.

Our five local offices
continue to fight lung disease and protect lung health through grassroots work in our own communities. We offer a wide array of quality programs and services to combat critical lung health issues such as asthma, tobacco use, emphysema, lung cancer, air pollution and tuberculosis. We strive to reach all of the diverse populations unique to our state and to help all Californians breathe easier. To learn more, visit your local Breathe California office's website.

On a statewide level, we work in Sacramento to help shape policy and pass legislation supporting our vision of a healthier California where we can breathe cleaner air.

Urge Governor Brown to Sign Tobacco Control Bills

Recently, the California legislature voted to approve six tobacco control bills that would protect the health of our young people and help California realize a tobacco-free future. The only step left is the Governor's signature, and we know that Big Tobacco is working hard behind the scenes to get him to veto. The Sacramento Bee reported that tobacco lobbyists are using a "scorched earth" strategy to threaten the Governor's initiative proposals if he doesn't veto the tobacco bills. The Governor's signature is not a guarantee, and we need your voice to tell the Governor to stand up to the tobacco lobby, to stand up for our children and to sign the tobacco legislation on his desk. What do these bills do? In short, they close some of the loopholes that have plagued our tobacco control laws around the state and that have allowed the rise of new tobacco products, like e-cigarettes, to go without meaningful regulation. They are:

  • AB 9 X2 (Thurmond) - Require all schools to be tobacco-free.
  • AB 10 X2 (Bloom) - Allow local jurisdictions to tax tobacco.
  • AB 11 X2 (Nazarian) - Establish an annual Board of Equalization tobacco licensing fee program.
  • AB 7 X2 (Stone) - Close loopholes in smoke-free workplace laws, including hotel lobbies, small businesses, and break rooms.
  • SB 5 X2 (Leno) - Add e-cigarettes to existing tobacco products definition.
  • SB 7 X2 (Hernandez) - Increase age of sale for tobacco products to 21.
This is our best chance to secure meaningful regulation of harmful tobacco products! Please contact Governor Brown and ask that he sign these bills into law! Use this form through our friends at Americans for Nonsmoker's Rights to tell the Governor your story and why he should sign these bills.

Matthew Read

Thanks for taking action!

Matt Read,
Statewide Government Relations Director
Breathe California

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In addition to our local grassroots programs which promote lung health, we are working on state and national levels to help shape policy and pass legislation supporting our vision of healthier communities and cleaner air.

Breathe California is making a difference by advocating for lung health issues and acting as a model for the nation.... but we can't do it without you.

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