Category: Health and Wellness

The Annual Compton Run for the Cure

Breast cancer takes thousands of lives every year and it will all of us to help fight for a cure.  That is the reason why hundreds of people including members of the Compton Unified School District will be participating in the Annual Compton Walk for a Cure.  The annual event not only helps to raise funds for research into finding a cure for breast cancer it helps raise awareness of the benefits of early detection and treatment options.

The annual event also brings together survivors and their families to share their stories on how breast cancer has impacted their lives.  With more than 40,000 women who die from breast cancer each year this is a cause that has impacted so many lives in the Compton community.  Hosting the event this year will be CUSD President and Vice President along with several board members and city council members.

Impacting Lives

Not only are participants here to celebrate those that have had to fight breast cancer they are here to educate women on the early detection and treatment of breast cancer.  Early detection increases your survival rate tremendously if cancer is detected before it has spread from your breast your survival rate is more than 90%.  Early detection can save your life.  Although women are affected far more often than men both should have routine screenings.  It is important to be aware of what is happening in our own bodies.

Remembering Friends and Family

Breast cancer impacts women of every color and socioeconomic background in our community and the effects are felt throughout the community.  Past participants have included former Compton school alumni Reggie Mason who walked with family to honor the memory of fellow alumni Evette Sampson who had passed away from breast cancer at the age of only 50.

Where and When

The 7th Annual Compton Walk for a Cure will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2018.  The event will be hosted by  Councilwoman Janna Zurita and CUSD Board Member Satra Zurita.  The walk will start from  Centennial High School located at 2606 North Central Ave and it will kick off at 7 am.

Participants are asked to arrive at least a half an hour early to make sure that they are registered and ready for the event.  Water and cold drinks will be available on site and family, friends and leashed dogs are more than welcome to participate in the event.  Event sponsors are looking to increase the amount of funds raised this year to help the local community.

Tobacco Sales to Minors Drops

A survey has found that the California rate of illegal tobacco sales to minors has decreased. Photo: DLSimaging/Flickr Creative Commons

Tobacco-only stores have highest illegal sales rate

SACRAMENTO (MNS) — Sales of tobacco products to minors in California has dipped, according to California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director Dr. Karen Smith.

“I’m concerned that the announcement, recently, that a survey has found that the California rate of illegal tobacco sales to minors has decreased. According to the 2015 Youth Tobacco Purchase Survey, illegal tobacco sales to minors at retail outlets occurred at a rate of 7.6 percent, compared to last year’s rate of 9 percent.

When the state first started monitoring illegal sales of tobacco in 1997, teens participating in the survey were able to buy tobacco products during 21.7 percent of tobacco purchase attempts.

“For seven consecutive years, the rate of illegal tobacco sales to minors has remained under 10 percent,” Smith said. “However, the Healthy People 2020 target is to reduce this to 5 percent or less which indicates that California still has room for considerable progress.

“I’m concerned that too many stores, especially certain types such as tobacco-only stores and convenience stores, are willing to illegally sell tobacco products to youth,” Smith said.

Notably, stores specializing in the sale of tobacco products, commonly known as tobacco-only stores, had the highest illegal sales rate, with 14.8 percent in 2015. Other stores with high rates of illegal tobacco sales include:

  • Convenience stores without gas (9.5 percent)
  • Convenience stores that sell gasoline (8.8 percent)
  • Less common retail outlets, such as discount and gift stores, gas stations without convenience stores and car washes (8.6 percent)

The difference between the rate of sales at non-traditional tobacco retail stores and the rate at more traditional retailers continues to narrow and is only separated by 0.2 percentage points (7.7 percent vs. 7.5 percent, respectively).

Supermarkets and drug stores/pharmacies had the lowest rate of illegal sales at 3.9 percent and 0 percent, respectively.

This annual survey of illegal sales of cigarettes to minors is conducted to gauge the rate of illegal tobacco sales across California and to comply with the Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement (STAKE) Act. All U.S. states and territories are required to assess their rate of illegal sales of tobacco to youth, pursuant to the Federal Synar Amendment.

Besides conducting the annual survey, CDPH Food and Drug Branch conducts ongoing illegal sales compliance checks. The survey of 733 stores throughout the state is conducted by monitoring more than 100 youth who are sent to retail outlets to attempt to purchase tobacco products. California retailers caught selling tobacco products to minors during these enforcement operations may be subject to fines up to $6,000 for repeated violations.

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