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September 2020
Rural California Strong
Dear Rural Partners, 

As wildfires breakout across California, the health and safety of our rural communities stays in our focus. Some of the areas of California that have been most devastated by these fires are our rural towns. We, in rural communities, know how to stay strong and lean on each other during hard times. We find strength in our towns and communities and find ways to make it through.  

If you are evacuated and need support the Red Cross can help you find a place to go. Visit the or view open shelters through the Red Cross Emergency app. If you don’t have access to a computer or smartphone, try calling 211, if this service is available in your area, or call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767).
*Due to COVID-19, the Red Cross is unable to welcome pets into our shelters for everyone’s safety. If you are evacuating with pets, please consider visiting to view their resource list of pet-friendly evacuation shelters and tips.

While we battle through these challenging times, we at RISE are staying strong and focused on our tobacco control work. The last thing we need while the sky is filled with smoke and we try to stay safe from COVID-19 is the added harms of cigarette smoke and tobacco-related illnesses. We are still working hard every day to ensure the health of our communities across rural California. If you want or need support in protecting your community from the harms of tobacco, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

The RISE Team
Toxic Tobacco Trash: Addressing Butts, Vapes,
and Plastic Waste in Tobacco Control

When: Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 & Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm both days. Day 2 will build off of the material of day 1 so please attend both days.

What: A webinar to address the effects of tobacco product waste (TPW) on the environment and what we can do about it!

TPW is a pervasive problem for both our health and our natural environments. Although we know this is a problem, there has not been as much attention, research, and intervention in this area.  65% of cigarettes are disposed of improperly and cigarette butts make up 34% of litter in California. These statistics refer to combustible cigarette waste, but this is not the only tobacco and nicotine garbage problem we face.

The purpose of this workshop webinar is to educate and increase knowledge of the impact TPW has on the environment in rural California and the policy intervention measures that can be taken to counter the known harms. This webinar will provide capacity building strategies for rural communities regarding the impact of tobacco on the environment as well as examples of TPW interventions and policies that can be enacted locally in your communities, or potentially at the state policy level. 

This webinar is a collaborative effort of RISE, environmental nonprofit advocates, students, professors, and researchers from various California universities, and the Law and Policy Partnership to End the Commercial Tobacco Epidemic. This two-day series will feature speakers including Dr. Jeremiah Mock, Hudson Kingston, J.D., LL.M. Kyra Hill, J.D., Dyane Osorio, and Casey Cruikshank.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Regular wellness checks and mammograms are an important part of breast health but there is more we all should be aware of too. For example, both smoking and very heavy second-hand smoke exposure has been related to a higher risk of breast cancer in younger, premenopausal people. Awareness about all parts of our health is important to building healthy communities and healthy lives.  Every Woman Counts and the Patient Support Program are both amazing programs that support preventive health as well as supporting those currently living through breast cancer. Check out their websites for more resources and information.
 Central Valley Local District Day
This event will be happening Monday, October 5th from 2-3 PM. The group will be meeting with Supervisor Valero (Tulare county) during that time. The meeting agenda and materials will be available later in the week. 

Please contact Amber Morris at for more information. 
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Contact us anytime for support with rural California Tobacco Control work. RISE supports rural tobacco projects by leveraging resources, providing leadership training and opportunities, and offering educational materials specifically designed to assist rural communities. Let us know how we can help!
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