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Flavored tobacco bancould save generation

“Dude, you have to try the mango!” “Nah man, I prefer strawberry.” A regular discussion between my eighth-grade neighbor and his friend, I thought. After all, I spoke regularly with my friends about which flavors of boba and other food I like. But it was the next line that really caught my attention: “I heard there’s a chocolate vape, too.” They weren’t talking about something as innocuous as boba, they were discussing e-cigarettes.

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

Aditya IndlaUnion City

Vital to keep schoolrenovation on track

I only recently learned about Dublin Elementary’s history of struggles in getting much-needed funding since 2019, and other concerned parents raised the issue of Dublin Elementary being at risk of losing its funding for renovations.

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

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Dublin Elementary School should continue its renovation project with the approved $33 million promised by Measure J. Please do what you can to make sure your neighbors and community family learn in a safe environment.

Andy TangDublin

In season of fires expandair purifier program

With wildfire smoke causing increasingly unhealthy air in the Bay Area, we were gratified to learn of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s first-of-a-kind air purifier distribution program (“Air purifiers offered to offset risk from smoke,” Page B1, Aug. 28) The program provides free portable air filtration units to unhoused and low-income residents as well as to emergency and cooling centers across the Bay Area to mitigate the potential health impacts of wildfire smoke. The American Lung Association recommends air purifiers as a key strategy to reduce

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