Tobacco-Free Communities

 


 

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. Call 1-800-NO-BUTTS or visit Kick It California 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].

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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