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SG by Noah Berger for distributionIn this Podcast, Dr. Stanton Glantz of the Center for Tobacco Control Research at The University Of California San Francisco, discusses the safety of e-cigarettes and the nature of the industry.

maxresdefaultJoining us for this podcast is Julie Higashi M.D., Ph.D, President of the California Tuberculosis Controllers Association and TB Controller.  California has the highest number of TB cases, making it an important area of lung health for us to continue to address. Despite the considerable progress in controlling TB cases, we must remain persistent.

full_1367258347Eldridge_Ashel1Ashel Eldridge is an educator at the Alliance for Climate Education.  Their mission is to educate high school students on the science behind climate change and inspire them to take action to curb global warming.  Global warming, which is well recognized by scientists around the world as an urgent public health issue – directly impacts air quality and is damaging to lung health.

coxIn this podcast we speak with Caroline Cox, research director for the Center for Environmental Health in Oakland, CA. Ms. Cox addresses lead use in children’s products, indoor pesticides and the danger of particular airborne toxins that you may not be aware of.

Ms. Cox leads the Center’s research on toxic exposures, identifying, analyzing and substantiating the scientific bases to eliminate threats to children and others exposed to dangerous chemicals in consumer products. She writes and speaks regularly as a national expert on toxicity as well as alternatives to pesticide use.

TFSChildrenMany of our listeners have children who have been diagnosed with asthma and this month they return to school.
In this podcast Stephanie Williams, a Community Health Worker with the Pediatric Asthma and Allergy Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital, talks about tips regarding what your child’s school should know about their condition, what to put in your child’s backpack in case of an attack and how they can avoid triggers which may exacerbate their condition. She also speaks about the importance of exercise and the common misconceptions about asthma. Ms. Williams is responsible for clinic prep, triaging patients, case management, home visits and patient education for pediatrics at San Francisco General Hospital.

imgresAmazing things have been happening on the streets of San Francisco over the past decade to transform the City to a safer and more friendly place for bicyclists. A network of bike lanes now riddle the streets of San Francisco and according to recent statistics there are 71% more riders on the streets now than there were in 2007. All this means less cars on the streets resulting in better overall air quality.

In this podcast, we speak with the executive director of the San Francisco Bike Coalition, Leah Shahum. The SFBC has over 12,000 members and has been instrumental, through it’s various programs and advocacy programs, in helping to bring about this change.

To learn more about biking with Breathe California at our annual Bike 4 Breath ride on July 14th, please visit our Annual Events page.

smoking_wayne_neilIn this podcast, human exposure scientist Dr. Neil Klepeis tells us about the impact of secondhand smoke in multi-unit housing units. Dr. Klepeis uses scientific instruments to measure smoke “transfer” from one apartment to another and explains how that transfer usually occurs between windows, walls, vents and electrical sockets. Dr. Klepeis speaks of the health effects of this type of exposure and how public policy is shifting to protect the rights of non-smokers.

Dr. Klepeis, a 2012 Breathe California Clean Air Award recipient in the Public Health category, is a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University. His research on the transfer of secondhand smoke has been influential on emerging policy proposals for smoke-free multi-unit housing throughout California.

SG by Noah Berger for distributionOn June 5th, Californians will go to the polls to vote on several propositions. One of them, Proposition 29, is an initiative which would add a $1 per-pack on cigarettes in order to raise over $700 million annually for cancer research, smoking cessation efforts and anti-smoking messages geared toward youth.

In this podcast we speak with Dr. Stan Glantz about why the passage of Proposition 29 will significantly reduce smoking rates in California while raising money for cancer research and other programs. He also speaks about some of the tactics that big tobacco companies are using to win support from local organizations to fight the proposition.

Dr. Glantz is a professor of Medicine and Director for the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California San Francisco.

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