SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - We’re encouraged by declines in overall youth tobacco use over the last several years reflected in the 2017 National Youth Tobacco Survey. Protecting our nation’s youth from the dangers of tobacco products is among the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s most important responsibilities and we’re taking aggressive steps to make sure all tobacco products aren’t being marketed to, sold to, or used by kids. These efforts are a cornerstone of our comprehensive plan announced last summer. They are also the focus of our Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan announced in April. We’re actively examining a policy to prevent future generations from becoming addicted in the first place by rendering cigarettes minimally or non-addictive and taking every opportunity to disrupt the cycle of successive generations of nicotine and tobacco addiction.

While fewer youth are using cigarettes and other combustible tobacco products, we must do more to address the disturbingly high number of youth who are using e-cigarettes and vaping products. We must not lose sight of the fact that for the past several years, e-cigarettes have been the most commonly used tobacco product among both middle and high school students and a total of 2.1 million youth used e-cigarettes in 2017.

These figures are particularly concerning because youth exposure to nicotine — whether it comes from a cigarette or an e-cigarette — affects the developing brain and may rewire it to be more susceptible to nicotine addiction in the future. And while there was no change in e-cigarette use from 2016 to 2017 among high school-aged teens, it’s too soon to tell whether this represents a leveling off, following a steep decline from 2015 to 2016. But this bears watching.

Our work to protect youth from dangers of nicotine and tobacco products is first-and-foremost focused on making sure e-cigarettes — or any other tobacco products — aren’t getting into kids’ hands in the first place. That’s why as part of our Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan we conducted a nationwide blitz of brick-and-mortar and online retailers in April that led to warning letters to businesses that sold JUUL brand products to minors. We’re also planning to conduct additional nationwide blitzes in the near future as part of our sustained enforcement efforts to reduce tobacco product sales to minors. Additionally, we issued numerous warning letters — many in partnership with the Federal Trade Commission — to manufacturers, distributors and retailers for selling e-liquids used in e-cigarettes with false or misleading labeling and/or advertising that cause them to resemble kid-friendly food products such as juice boxes, candy or cookies, and some of them with cartoon-like imagery. These efforts are the start of a sustained campaign to address sales to minors.

As we work to address youth use of, and access to, these novel nicotine-delivery products, we’re also taking a hard look at whether certain design features and product marketing practices are fueling the youth use. To that end, we’ve required JUUL Labs Inc. and the manufacturers/importers of several other similar products to provide critical information for us to further examine marketing practices and the youth use and appeal of these types of products. We’ll explore all of our regulatory options, including enforcement actions, based on what we learn from this information. We’re also adding JUUL as a specific e-cigarette example in future tobacco use surveys to ensure we’re accurately capturing patterns of youth use of e-cigarette products.

In addition, we’ve been conducting focus groups with teens across the country about e-cigarettes to hear directly from young people to best inform our public education efforts about the dangers of youth tobacco use. And we know our compelling, science-based campaigns are having a meaningful impact through powerful messages that raise awareness, shift beliefs and ultimately save lives by changing behaviors. “The Real Cost” campaign has already helped prevent nearly 350,000 kids from smoking cigarettes since it launched in 2014. Capitalizing on that success, we expanded the campaign last fall with messages focused on preventing youth use of e-cigarettes. Later this year, we’ll be launching a full-scale campaign focused on youth use of e-cigarettes. We’ve had a lot of success with our campaigns in the past. And we expect that this new public effort will impact youth use of e-cigs in the same manner that our campaigns have impacted children’s use of combustible tobacco products.

Along with these efforts, we’re continuing to advance our framework for the regulation of products like e-cigarettes through our premarket review process to address youth initiation. Additionally, we’re exploring clear and meaningful measures to make tobacco products less toxic, appealing and addictive — with an intense focus on deterring youth use and exposure. This could include measures on flavors/designs that appeal to youth, child-resistant packaging and product labeling to prevent accidental child exposure to liquid nicotine. We also plan to explore additional restrictions on the sale and promotion of electronic nicotine delivery systems to further reduce youth exposure and access to these products.

E-cigarettes may present an important opportunity for adult smokers to transition off combustible tobacco products and onto nicotine delivery products that may not have the same level of risks associated with them. We are working hard to develop a pathway to put products like e-cigarettes through an appropriate series of regulatory gates to properly evaluate them as an alternative for adults who still want to get access to satisfying levels of nicotine, without all the risks associated with lighting tobacco on fire. And we will continue to encourage the development of potentially less harmful forms of nicotine delivery for currently addicted adult smokers. That also includes the development of medicinal nicotine products.

But these public health opportunities are put at risk if all we do is hook another generation of kids on nicotine and tobacco products through alternatives like e-cigarettes. Ultimately we need to make every effort to prevent youth tobacco use. This responsibility falls on all of us, including the companies that develop and market these products, the retailers selling them, and the online venues that help to fuel the teen popularity of, and access to, these products. We’re going to hold industry participants responsible for actions that promote youth addiction. There’s no acceptable number of children using tobacco products. We’ll take every opportunity to protect kids and significantly reduce tobacco-related disease and death.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

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PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Museums throughout Placer County will offer free admission on select Saturdays all summer as the Heritage Trail Museums Tour returns for its 11th year.

A total of 22 museums will be participating from Roseville to North Lake Tahoe, including Placer’s new DeWitt History Museum in North Auburn. Free museum days are grouped geographically to allow easy trekking between museums in a day.

“Placer County museums are all about experiential storytelling at its best,” said Ralph Gibson, Placer County Museums administrator. “The Heritage Trail offers an excellent opportunity to learn about our rich, fascinating history while exploring our valley, foothills and mountain areas and getting to know the community members who live there."

A full list of participating museums, free dates, opening hours and activities is available on the Heritage Trail Museums Tour blog here.

The Heritage Trail kicks off June 16 at the Bernhard and Gold Rush museums and the historic Benton Welty School Room in Auburn, and ends Sept. 3 with a free weekend at the Forest Hill Divide Museum in Foresthill.

Fun, family-friendly activities are spread throughout the free weekends, including live music, historical reenactments and much more. Trail visitors are also encouraged to pick up a ‘Get Up and Go’ card at any participating museum. Those who fill the card with stamps from at least eight of the participating museums will be eligible for a gift basket drawing.

Returning this year is the Placer County student scavenger hunt. Students who will be entering 1st grade through 12th grade in a Placer County school (or who are home-schooled in the county) in the fall of 2018 can enter to win prizes, including a Samsung Galaxy tablet or a Kindle Fire.

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SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) -  Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers throughout Northeast California to be wary of an increase in computer repair scams happening throughout the region; one Sacramento resident lost $5,000 to the scam.

Computer repair scams typically begin with a phone call, pop-up advertisement, email attachment or link.

Pop-ups will include an urgent message alleging that the computer was infected with malware, and  instruct the user to contact the computer repair company in the ad. In reality, once the “computer repair company” is contacted, they are in fact the individuals responsible for installing malware on the user’s device.

Once installed, internet criminals may have access to important information on your computer, tablet, or smartphone including:

  • Tax documents you may have saved on your device.

  • Banking passwords and other financial information.

  • Access to your email and social media accounts.

  • And to any other documents or photos you have stored.

Scam artists will attempt to legitimize their offer by spoofing legitimate companies such as Microsoft, Google, or Apple. This includes using their company logo on advertisements and emails, and spoofing the company’s phone number to appear as if the call is legitimate.

In addition to gaining access to your personal information, scam artists will oftentimes collect a fee for their services either via credit or debit card, or wire transfer. If a payment is made via prepaid debit card, gift card, or wire transfer it is almost impossible to recover your funds.

How to protect yourself:

  • Do not click on unknown links or attachments. Inspect email addresses very carefully; scam artists will attempt to mimic email addresses of well-known companies, or even those of your friends and family members in order to gain your trust. Do not click on links or attachments unless you are absolutely sure you know who the sender is.

  • Do not believe everything to see or hear. If you see a pop-up on your device, do not click on it and do not follow the instructions on your screen. Instead, turn off your device and if you believe it may have been compromised, find a local reputable computer repair service with a physical location.

  • Never send money, or personal information to people you do not know. Internet criminals and scam artists will often make a request for your money via prepaid debit card, gift card, or wire transfer. Once money is sent this way, it is almost impossible to recover.

  • Report scams when you see them. Use Better Business Bureau’s online Scam Tracker at bbb.org/scamtracker to browse, and report scams in your area.

What to do if You Have Been Scammed

Call your bank or credit card issuer and report the fraud. Change your passwords. If the scammer was given remote access to your computer, it's safe to assume they had access to all of your information, so be on the safe side and change all of your passwords, including passwords to your online banking accounts, credit card accounts, email accounts, etc. Don't trust any software installed by the scammer, it may be malware.

Even if you didn’t see them download something, they still could have placed malware on your machine.

If you are computer-savvy, you may be able to remove the malware using the guidelines provided by Microsoft or by using the directions on another reputable website. However, if you’re not sure if the malware is in your computer, or your computer is slow or otherwise acting strange after the episode, assume the worst and get help. You can search for and compare Accredited computer repair businesses at bbb.org.

Not sure you are being scammed?

Use the BBB Locator at bbb.org to contact your local Better Business Bureau.

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LINCOLN, CA (MPG) - Thunder Valley Casino Resort will celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the casino on Saturday June 9th, 2018. Various promotions will be offered throughout the day, including commemorative Thunder Rewards Cards and the first day of the Camaro-A-Day Giveaway for 15 days. Additional anniversary celebration promotions will be held on June 5th, June 7th, and June 9th to June 23rd.

For 15 years Thunder Valley Casino Resort has offered award-winning services and accommodations, as well as charitable support for hundreds of non-profit organizations. In 2010 Thunder Valley expanded to include a 17-story luxury hotel with over 400 rooms, a full-service spa and a spacious outdoor pool complete with private cabanas and a poolside bar. In 2018, Thunder Valley opened a new 27 table Poker Room and a new 800 seat Bingo Hall.

Since 2011, Thunder Valley Casino Resort has been rated as a AAA Four Diamond award-winning resort. “Over the last 15 years, Thunder Valley Casino Resort has experienced significant growth and monumental success,” said Dawn Clayton, General Manager of Thunder Valley Casino Resort. “The accomplishments of our award-winning property are a true testament to our loyal guests and the hard work and dedication of our phenomenal team members. We look forward to continuing to offer exceptional amenities and services to our guests for years to come.”

To learn more about the expansions of Thunder Valley Casino Resort over the past 15 years, visit: https://youtu.be/4kHUwfVCx1c

PROMOTIONS:

The Crystal Anniversary Play and Get

Tuesday June 5th, Thursday June 7th

Guests can receive a Mikasa crystal vase once they have earned 750 points.

15th Anniversary Camaro-A-Day Giveaway

Saturday June 9th - Saturday June 23rd

At 7 p.m. every day for 15 days, a winner will be announced for the Camaro-A-Day Giveaway on the Promotions Stage. Guaranteed one winner each day!

15th Anniversary Logo Dessert Truffle

Saturday June 9th

Starting at 12 p.m., the first 3,000 guests may receive a free dessert truffle with our anniversary logo at the Main Stage. Guests must visit the self-service kiosk to print out the voucher and redeem at the Main Stage. 

15th Anniversary Commemorative Play and Get

Saturday June 9th

The first 1,500 guests to earn 150 points may receive a pair of 15th Anniversary Commemorative stemless wine glasses. Guests can start earning points towards this giveaway at 6 a.m. Printed vouchers can be redeemed at 12 p.m. at the Rewards Center.

15th Anniversary Thunder Rewards Center

Saturday June 9th

Starting at 12 p.m., commemorative Thunder Rewards Card will be distributed at the Rewards Center, available while supplies last.

15th Anniversary Commemorative T-shirt

Saturday June 9th

Approximately every 15 minutes from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. a random bank of slot machines or table games with active guest play can receive a 15th Anniversary Commemorative T-shirt.

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SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Starting next week, you may begin to notice a few key letters missing from your favorite brands’ logos. But don’t worry – it’s not a mistake. It’s a part of the International Missing Type campaign in which blood donation organizations across the globe unite to promote awareness around the need for blood donation.

The global outreach starts Monday, June 11 to draw attention to how a shortage of As, Bs and Os – in the alphabet or in blood supply – can have dramatic effects.

And in the case of blood donations, a shortage of any blood type could be particularly worrisome for the 4.5 million Americans who have a lifesaving blood transfusion each year.

While the campaign originally started in the United Kingdom in 2015, this year Northern California is excited to participate in the International Missing Type campaign – and BloodSource is asking local businesses and media outlets to join us in dropping the As, Bs and Os from their logos for this special event.

“We are excited to bring the global movement drawing attention to the urgency of donating blood to Northern California,” said Erin Frye, Marketing Manager at BloodSource. “Participating in this special outreach is an opportunity to highlight the importance of blood donation and show that we care about the health and well-being of our community.”

If you are interested in participating, please contact 916.453.3677 for more information and to join our list of local partners. For more information on the Missing Type campaign, visit missingtypeus.org.

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California State Parks Invites Visitors to Recreate Safely and Responsibly in 2018

By California Department of Parks and Recreation  |  2018-06-01

Safety tips and information on laws can be found online at www.parks.ca.gov/safetytips.

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) -  California State Parks invites new or avid outdoor enthusiasts to invent their adventures this year within the nation’s largest state park system. Memorial Day weekend kicked off the busiest time of the year for the 280 state parks, drawing large crowds of visitors. Whether they plan on biking, hiking, surfing, recreating on a boat or off-highway vehicle, exploring the desert or redwoods, or simply enjoying time with friends and family, it is important for them to plan ahead and learn about the parks they are visiting.

Safety tips and information on laws can be found online at www.parks.ca.gov/safetytips. Below are some outdoor tips:

General Tips

Rules/Laws: Take the time to visit the webpage of the park you plan on visiting and learn about the rules, such as parking, if dogs are allowed and closed areas. It is also important to learn the laws for recreating in boats and/or off-highway vehicles (OHV). Cell Phones: Do not rely on your phones. Coverage can be spotty or nonexistent. Weather: Check the weather and bring appropriate clothing to fit the season. Itinerary: No matter what type of recreation activity you will be participating in, leave an itinerary of your trip with a family member/friend with information such as name/age of all participants, travel destination and expected return date. This will ensure law enforcement personnel have a better understanding of your location in the event of a rescue. Safety: Carry a first aid kit and dress appropriately for your outdoor adventure. Avoid alcohol. It is against the law to operate a boat or off-highway vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or more. Use the buddy system and hike with a friend or family member. Always make sure you have plenty of water and snacks with you. Keep It Clean: Pack it in and pack it out. Wildlife: View wildlife from a distance. Never feed or touch them.

Water Recreation

Protect Your Loved Ones: Know your limits. Swimming in a lake, ocean or river is different than swimming in a pool. If someone is in distress, seek help from a lifeguard or call 9-1-1 if one is not available. Ocean Rip Currents: If you get caught in one, stay calm and do not fight the current. Swim or float parallel to the shore until you are out of the current and then swim toward the shore. Swimming: Never swim alone and be cautious at unguarded beaches, lakes and rivers. Whenever possible, swim at a lifeguard protected beach. Wear a properly-fitted life jacket: Always check the label for correct use and size. Wearing one can increase survival time and provide some thermal protection against the onset of cold water shock. It can also keep you afloat until someone can rescue you. Actively supervise children at all times: Appoint a designated “water watcher,” taking turns with other adults. Do not assume that someone is watching them. Do not enter the water if it is too cold: Waterways continue to rise as snow melts and can be dangerously cold and swift. Even the strongest swimmers can be stunned by cold water and become incapacitated.

Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation

Equipment: Use proper equipment such as protective clothing, goggles, a proper helmet, gloves and spark arrester. Natural Resources: Tread lightly and stay on designated trails.

Camping & Hiking

Map Guides: Get a map of the area you will be camping or hiking. Natural Resources: Stay on designated trails. You are not only protecting natural resources, but you are also ensuring that you do not get lost. Snakes: Be cautious of where you are stepping. If you see a snake, maintain a distance of 6 feet. Most bites occur when people get too close or try to touch them.

With over 340 miles of coastline, 970 miles of lake and river frontage, 15,000 campsites, and 4,500 miles of trails, California State Parks contains the largest and most diverse recreational, natural, and cultural heritage holdings of any state agency in the nation. More than 67 million people annually visit California’s state park system. Invent your adventure online atwww.parks.ca.gov.

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Local Fishing Team Takes on the Delta

By Rich Peters, MPG Editor  |  2018-06-01

Mike Bugliarello and Gabe Luna finished in third place with a total of 15.99 pounds, but it was Bugliarello’s 9.09 pounder that took top big fish honors. Photo by Barry Sibert

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - The Folsom Bass Team took on the Delta waters on a perfect spring day for a fishing tournament. Boats were launched and fish were weighed in at the Delta Loop’s B&W Resort for the team’s May tournament.

Jerry Lawler and Marshal Smith took home first place honors with a big fish of 7.27 pounds and a total weight of 22.03 pounds.

Tom Manley and Michael Allen placed in second with a big fish of 5.40 pounds and a total of 19.96. Allen credited Manley for his familiarity with the waters. “He took us to the right spot,” said Allen.

Mike Bugliarello and Gabe Luna finished in third place with a total of 15.99 pounds, but it was Bugliarello’s 9.09 pounder that took top big fish honors.

Overall, the 19 boats and 38 fishermen caught 88 fish combining for 207.25 pounds on the day, averaging 2.36 pounds per fish.

Ryan McGinnis currently ranks atop the team’s Angler of the Year standings, followed by Pat Rounds and Mike Bugliarello. With their second place finish, Michael Allen and Tom Manley have moved into the top 10 overall and now rank eighth and tenth place, respectively.

“The Folsom Bass Team started in 1988 as a group of Folsom prison guards who had a passion for bass fishing. In fact, the club meetings used to be held at the prison itself,” according to the team’s mission statement. “Since its humble beginnings the membership has grown and we now have members of all skill level and age. FBT’s mission is to provide its members opportunities to learn about bass fishing in our local area through monthly meetings and tournaments. We emphasize the camaraderie and fun that comes from the sport of bass fishing.”

Now in its 30th year, the team has seen a lot of faces come and go throughout the decades, but one thing remains the same – no one reveals any secrets. “We were all tight lipped back then,” said Kris Sisto, an original member and former correctional officer himself. “Now, everybody lies.”

The team’s next tournament is a two day event on June 2 and 3 at Lake Shasta’s Bridge Bay.

For more information visit www.folsombassteam.com.

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