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As it relentlessly pursues profits, the tobacco industry is destroying many of the things we cherish. We’re fighting to protect the people and places we love. Here’s how you can help.

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The deceitful tobacco industry must be held accountable. Voice your concerns to local officials to make a difference. Enter your name, choose your location, and your email will be directed to your mayor or county supervisors.

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The manipulative, racist, and greedy tobacco industry is destroying the people and places I love. I’m outraged by the suffering, death, and destruction this industry has been allowed to cause and get away with.

Tobacco industry products kill 110 Californians each day – including people who don’t even use tobacco products. For every death, 30 more suffer from a terrible tobacco-related disease. Everyone’s health is threatened by secondhand smoke and vape. And the impact of tobacco products on our communities of color and low-income populations is devastating.

The youth vaping epidemic rages on as the tobacco industry hooks a new generation on highly addictive nicotine in candy-flavored products. Nicotine is brain poison that can impact learning, memory, and attention in adolescents.

Now, I’ve learned that cigarette filters are a tobacco-industry marketing scam. Filters, which don’t reduce harm at all, are made of microplastics that can contaminate our air, water, soil, and food. Studies have found microplastics in human lungs and stool – which means we’re breathing in and ingesting these toxic materials. And new research shows possible links to mutations in DNA.

I can no longer stand aside and watch the tobacco industry destroy my community with deadly products. I implore you to act.

Sincerely,

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The tobacco industry wants us to think that selling products that destroy, sicken, and kill is perfectly normal. It’s not. Send a tweet to voice your outrage – because it’s time for a new normal.

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The tobacco industry’s environmental damage can harm everyone. Enough deforestation and toxic chemicals.15 Enough microplastics in cigarette butts16 and hazardous vape waste.17 Californians deserve a new normal. #littlebiglie #microplastics

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