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Ban on flavored tobacco
could save the generation

“Dude, you gotta try the mango!” “No man, I prefer the strawberry.” A regular discussion between my eighth-grade neighbor and his friend, I thought. After all, I regularly talked with my friends about the flavors of boba and other foods that I love. But it was the following sentence that really caught my attention: “I heard that there is also a chocolate vape.” They weren’t talking about something as innocuous as boba, they were talking about electronic cigarettes.

Flavors are the main reason most kids start using e-cigarettes. And once they do, they get hooked, maybe for life. As a high school student, I saw friends and classmates fall victim to this addiction, brought on by Big Tobacco’s profit seeking at the expense of our health. Stop Big Tobacco’s attempts to hook the next generation; stop the sale of all flavored tobacco, including electronic cigarettes, cigars, menthol cigarettes and flavored shisha.

Aditya Indla
Union City

Indispensable to keep school
renovation on track

I only recently learned about Dublin Elementary’s story of struggling to secure much needed funding since 2019, and other worried parents have raised the question that Dublin Elementary is in danger of losing funding for renovations.

I am absolutely furious after seeing some of the pictures provided by the parent community. An average person would have thought they were pictures of a village school in a third world country. I have heard that some administrators have indicated that there are other higher priorities than Dublin Elementary. Please tell me which priority is more important than the health and safety of people and children.

Dublin Primary School is expected to continue its renovation project with the approved $ 33 million promised by Measure J. Please do what you can to ensure that your neighbors and family in the community learn in a safe environment.

Andy tang
Dublin

In fire season extend
air purifier program

With smoke from the wildfires causing increasingly unhealthy air in the Bay Area, we were delighted to learn about the Air Quality Management District Air Purifier Distribution Program of the bay area (“Air purifiers offered to offset smoke risk”, page B1, August 28) Program provides free portable air filtration units to homeless and low-income residents and centers Bay Area emergency and cooling to mitigate potential health impacts of wildfire smoke. The American Lung Association recommends air purifiers as a key strategy to reduce indoor smoke pollution. Smoke from forest fires is particularly harmful to people with lung disease.

As the climate continues to warm and forest fires increase, government agencies must more directly address the health risks of smoke, especially among the most vulnerable. We congratulate Air District on this program and hope that other agencies will follow suit.

Carrie Nash
Oakland

The carbon levy could
pay for innovation

I was very happy to learn of electric boats which do not make a loud noise or smelly exhaust and leave no traces of oil on the water (“Electric boats make noiseless waves”, page C8, September 7). It seems that the very innovations that can avert catastrophic climate change would also make our world a much cleaner, healthier, and more liveable place to live.

A price on carbon would free market forces to spur innovation in all kinds of ways, many of which we haven’t even imagined yet. How wonderful life could be without polluting climate-altering fuels. Let your elected officials know that you want carbon pricing.

Irmgard Flaschka
Newark

Commemorate the tragedy
with the gift of life

Twenty years ago, on September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the United States using airplanes as weapons, killing nearly 3,000 people. On this day we remember those who lost their lives and the bravery of our first responders.

As Ahmadi Muslims, every year, in honor of those tragically killed that day, we organize blood drives across the United States as part of the “Muslim For Life” campaign. Muslims are told in the Holy Quran: “Whoever kills a person […] it will be as if he had killed all mankind, and he who gave life to one, it will be as if he had given life to all mankind. 170,000 lives.

May God give comfort and courage to all those who have lost family members on this horrible day.

Imam Khalid Khan
Tip of the bay

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