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Calif. Labels Secondhand Smoke cigarettes Toxic California became the first state to declare secondhand smoke a toxic air pollutant Thursday, positioning tobacco fumes in the same category seeing that diesel exhaust, arsenic and benzene due to the connect to breast cancer . It could result in a ban on smoking in private autos, vehicles where children are passengers particularly, Jerry Martin of the California Surroundings Resources Board told KCBS Radio’s Margy Shafer, as well as public beaches and parks. We should now go back and try to find methods to reduce or get rid of the public exposure, Martin said. Not vehicles, said one woman.

Kaiser Health News, an independent news service editorially, is a scheduled system of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. .. Calif. Health system ends pursuit of Ore. Medical center amid community concerns A California health program formerly linked with the Roman Catholic Church is finished its bid to acquire a community medical center in Oregon amid problems over access to abortion and assisted suicide providers. In the mean time, two of Michigan'wednesday to go after a merger s largest hospital groupings are anticipated to announce plans. Modern Healthcare: Dignity Wellness, Ore. Hospital End Acquisition Talks Dignity Health has damaged off negotiations to acquire Ashland Community Medical center, the first hospital with which Dignity announced it was in talks after rebranding itself in early 2012 and placing its sights on expanding nationwide.