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In August, ASH welcomed a new staffer to the team, Carol Maytum (pictured top right). She is based out of Sacramento, California and gives us boots on the ground for the West Coast! Carol is a veteran tobacco control advocate who will lead our California Pilot Program to promote the need for more jurisdictions to phase out the sale of tobacco products.

Her work will build on the success of Beverly Hills and Manhattan Beach, CA last year, both of which are currently transitioning all of their tobacco retailers to remove tobacco products by January 1, 2021. We are excited to see her push this program forward, and we look forward to replicating her work in other states as funding allows. Please join us in welcoming Carol to the ASH family!


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Our work to end the tobacco epidemic has never been more crucial, as we collectively battle the respiratory COVID-19 pandemic. We need to encourage any and every person who smokes to quit for good, starting now. 1-800-QUIT-NOW remains free and open for all.

As society moves health to the top of our priority list, this is also the time for more communities to begin considering phasing out the sale of tobacco products. Tobacco products remain the #1 cause of preventable death and kill when used exactly as intended. For that reason, they shouldn’t be sold.

If you agree with us and want to see our California Pilot Program expanded to more communities, please make a generous donation to support ASH’s crucial, life-saving work. With your support, we can prevent hundreds of millions of deaths from tobacco use.