In 2020, visitors at California state parks and beaches will see no smoking signs thanks to a new law just signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. But as Katie Nielsen reports, some say the new law doesn't go far enough.
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New Law Bans Smoking, Vaping At California State Parks, BeachesIn 2020, visitors at California state parks and beaches will see no smoking signs thanks to a new law just signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. But as Katie Nielsen reports, some say the new law doesn't go far enough.
Gifted Guitarist Jason Becker Doesn't Let ALS Stop Him From Creating MusicThe paralyzing condition ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease, cut short the rise of a young guitarist living in Richmond. But ti didn't end his love of music or the inspiration he gives to others. John Ramos reports. (10-6-2019)
Federal Judge's Ruling May Boost San Francisco's Plan For Safe Injection SitesThe city of San Francisco could revisit a plan to open safe injection sites for drug users, after a federal judge's ruling. (10/2/19)
Join The 13th Annual SF Team Hope Walk & 5K Fun Run Benefiting Huntington's DiseaseDr. Michael Geschwind, director of the HDSA Center of Excellence at UCSF and HDSA Lead Coordinator Therese Crutcher-Marin talk to Bay Area Focus host Michelle Griego about the 13th Annual Team Hope Walk and 5K Fun Run happening in SF, to help raise awareness about Huntington's Disease.
Meet Dr. Kelli Harding, Author Of 'The Rabbit Effect'Author Dr. Kelli Harding talks to Bay Area Focus host Michelle Griego about her new book, 'The Rabbit Effect, Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness.'
Juul CEO Kevin Burns Steps Down Amid Growing Vaping Health CrisisKevin Burns, co-founder and CEO of San Francisco-based Juul, stepped down Wednesday and a major tobacco industry merger was called off amid a growing vaping health crisis and bans on e-cigarettes. Veronica De La Cruz reports. (9-25-2019)
Juul CEO Announces ResignationKevin Burns, CEO of San Francisco-based e-cigarette maker Juul, has announced his resignation Wednesday as the company faces increased scrutiny over reports of vaping-related illnesses and deaths. (9/25/19)
Santa Cruz Leaders Seek Fix For Thousands Of Needles, Syringes Littering CityOn Tuesday, Santa Cruz city council members will discuss whether to install four additional syringe disposal kiosks in the county in response to finding thousands of needles left in public places. Maria Medina reports. (9-23-2019)
Santa Clara Co. Warns Parents In All School Districts Of Deadly Fake Opioid PillsThe Santa Clara County Health Department has sent a health advisory regarding opioid overdoses from fake pills--which look nearly identical to percocet or oxycodone--to all school districts in the county. Kiet Do reports. (9-23-2019)
Protesters Shut Down San Francisco Health Commission Meeting Over 'ARF' Psychiatric BedsA loud protest over psychiatric beds shut down a Health Commission meeting in San Francisco on Tuesday. About 100 demonstrators chanting "Save the ARF!" shouted down commission members as they tried to call the meeting to order. Joe Vazquez reports. (9-17-2019)
Crackdown On E-Cigarette Sales Sought By San Jose City CouncilmemberA San Jose city councilmember has initiated a process to try and limit or ban the sale of e-cigarettes within the city. Kiet Do reports. (9/16/19)
Tulare County Resident Dies From Vaping-Related IllnessA Tulare County resident has died from health complications associated with the use of e-cigarettes, county health officials announced Monday evening. Ken Bastida reports. (9-16-2019)
Gov. Newsom Announces Campaign Warning Public Of Vaping DangersCalifornia will spend $20 million on a public awareness campaign about the dangers of vaping nicotine and cannabis products and step up efforts to halt the sale of illicit products amid a rise in vaping-related illnesses. Phil Matier reports. (9/16/19)
Newsom Announces Actions Targeting Youth Vaping EpidemicGov. Gavin Newsom announced several actions aimed at a rise in youth vaping, including higher taxes on the products, larger warning labels and a $20 million awareness campaign. (9/16/19)
Raw Video: Trump Announces Proposed Ban On E-Cigarette FlavorsPresident Donald Trump announced his administration would seek a ban on flavored e-cigarettes other than tobacco, in the wake of a teen vaping epidemic and a rise in vaping-related illnesses and deaths. (9/11/19)
Meet Lama Palden Drolma, Author Of 'Love On Every Breath'Lama Palden Drolma talks to Bay Area Focus host Michelle Griego about her new book 'Love on Every Breath, Tolgen Meditation for Transforming Pain into Joy.'
Gear Up For The 36th Annual Bike MS Waves To WineMS Northern California board member Denise Bellotti talks to Bay Area Focus host Michelle Griego about the 36th Annual Bike MS Wives To Wine, happening September 21-22. To sign up go to BikeMS.org.
Newsom Signs Bills Limiting Vaccine Exemptions Amid Protests At CapitolAmid a day of protests at the State Capitol, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law bills that limit vaccine exemptions that doctors can issue. (9/10/19)
Vaping Death in California Among 5 Fatalities and 450 Illnesses NationwideU.S. health officials renewed calls for people to avoid vaping until they figure out why some users are suffering serious breathing illnesses. Da Lin reports. (9-6-19)
Kaiser Workers Stage Labor Day Protests Ahead Of Possible StrikeWith a potential strike looming, about 1,000 Kaiser Permanente workers in Oakland held a Labor Day rally, demanding changes from their employer. (9/3/19)
SF Company Revisits Blood-Test Tech in Wake of Theranos DebacleMicrodrop, a new blood testing company, is promising accurate blood-test results with just a prick of the finger. Betty Yu reports. (8-30-19)
Juul CEO Says Company Will Work With CDC Amid Growing Number Of Illness CasesSan Francisco-based Juul is speaking out for the first time on the growing number of breathing illness cases in people who vape. The company's CEO says it is working with the CDC as the investigations continue. (8-28-2019)
Mother Says Son Sank Deeper Into Addiction At Oakland Rehab FacilityIn the second part of an original report on an Oakland substance abuse treatment facility, KPIX 5 talks to another family that also had a life-threatening experience with their teenager at Thunder Road. Christin Ayers reports. (8-27-2019)
Concerns Over High Asbestos Levels At SJ Construction Site Sparks New FearsAsbestos levels at a San Jose development were so high, construction was stopped. Now, Len Ramirez tells us residents' fears over asbestos have spread to other nearby sites.