Tobacco-Free Communities

NEW Funding Opportunities!

Community Engagement Activity (CEA) Grants

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department Tobacco-Free Communities Program is releasing funding to support community-based tobacco prevention activities focused on reaching populations who suffer disproportionately because of social conditions and aggressive tobacco industry marketing. This funding is intended to recognize the assets and strengths of the county’s diverse community organizations and populations, and an opportunity for organizations to incorporate tobacco prevention activities in existing programming. CEA funding is available to organizations currently based in at least one city within Santa Clara County and primarily serving one or more populations disproportionately impacted by tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases, including: African American/African-Ancestry/Black, Latinx, Asian-American and Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+, people with behavioral health conditions, uninsured/Medi-Cal populations, homeless or unhoused individuals, and/or military personnel/veterans. Organizations can be awarded funding of up to $5,000. Applications are due Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Youth Action Project (YAP) Grants

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Tobacco-Free Communities Program, in partnership with Breath California of the Bay Area, is releasing funding for Youth Action Projects. YAP aims to mobilize youth from across Santa Clara County to explore and showcase how tobacco and vaping has affected them, their peers, and their community. It a great opportunity for youth to engage their peers, allow them to integrate their ideas, and utilize their creative skills. This is a youth-led project, therefore youth groups and/or youth coalitions (ages 13-20 years old) are encouraged to apply. The Youth Action Project grant application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Final projects due Friday, September 5, 2021.For additional information or to apply to YAP, please visit

If you have any questions about either funding opportunity, please email us at [email protected].






Click​ the image above to learn about the dangers of vaping and resources available to you.​

Tobacco Use and COVID-19

Infographic - Smoking/Vaping and COVID-19

California Smokers' Helpline mailing free nicotine patches to eligible callers 

Any kind of tobacco smoking is harmful to the body, including cardiovascular (heart) and respiratory (lung) systems – COVID-19 can also harm these same systems. When you quit smoking or vaping, your lungs and immune system get healthier – it’s not too late to reduce your risk! There are many FREE resources available to you. Helpline callers may be eligible for free nicotine patches, sent directly to their home.  To see if you qualify, call 1-800-NO-BUTTS or visit California Smokers’ Helpline website to learn more.

New Educational Materials for Tobacco Stores

Learn more about laws relating to the sale of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices through new educational materials developed for tobacco stores. Laws are designed to promote public health, ensure responsible retailing and to discourage the sale and distribution to minors. To request copies of new materials, including free signage or city specific fact sheets, email your request (please include business name and address) to [email protected].

Data Shows 1 in 3 Santa Clara County Teens Have Tried Vaping 

A report funded by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department finds a third of high school students have reported using an e-cigarette. The California Student Tobacco Survey​ is a comprehensive look at tobacco use in Santa Clara County.  The survey asked about access to tobacco products, use of those products, and students’ perceptions of new tobacco products like vape pens and e-cigarettes, as well as long-established products such as combustible cigarettes.  

The survey found:​

  • 13.2 percent of Santa Clara County teens reported using e-cigarettes in the past month, meaning they were counted as current users
  • Nearly 1 in 3 Santa Clara County teens – 31.6 percent – report that have used an e-cigarette at least once
  • 82.3 percent of teens currently using tobacco reported using a flavored product: use of flavored products was widespread across all tobacco products and all demographic categories
  • More than 2 in 5 teens – 45.4 percent – reported purchasing their own e-cigarettes, with over a quarter of this group saying they buy them directly from a local store. Among those who purchased e-cigarettes in a local store, 62.5 percent purchased them at a vape shop.​
  • Full survey report 

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Our Program

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Cigarette smoking in the U.S. causes more than 480,000 deaths annually, including nearly 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. Additionally, more than 16 million Americans are living with a smoking-related disease. Santa Clara County ranks seventh highest for the total cost of smoking in California, second highest among the Bay Area Counties, totaling almost $690 million annually.

The mission of the Tobacco-Free Communities (TFC) Program is to improve the health of all residents and the workforce in Santa Clara County by reducing illness and premature death attributed to the use of tobacco products.  The TFC program implements activities to:

  1. Prevent the initiation of tobacco use & reduce youth access to tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices
  2. Reduce tobacco use, particularly among populations with the highest rates
  3. Reduce exposure to secondhand smoke and third-hand smoke
  4. Build community capacity to address the root causes of tobacco use, particularly among populations most impacted

TFC collaborates with community-based organizations and local, state, and federal health agencies to promote a healthy lifestyle and work towards the vision of a tobacco-free Santa Clara County. The goal of TFC is to increase community awareness of the impact of tobacco use by engaging residents, key community partners, and elected leaders in implementing strategies to reduce the appeal of tobacco in the community. 

Don't Take the Vape Campaign​
Learn about the dangers of vaping and resources available to you.

Strategic Plan for Advancing Health Equity in Tobacco Control​
View our 2018-2022 Strategic Plan for Advancing Health Equity in Tobacco Control in Santa Clara County.​

Secondhand Smoke
Resources on secondhand smoke and how to address exposure.​

Prevent Youth Tobacco Use
Initiatives to prevent youth access to tobacco products.

Promote Tobacco Quit Services
Learn about local programs that provide quit smoking services

Build Community​ Capacity - Join Our Coalitions!
Get involved in tobacco prevention activities 

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