Tobacco-Free Coalitions

Tobacco-Free Coalition of Santa Clara County logo

The Tobacco-Free Coalition of Santa Clara County (founded in 1990) is a diverse community coalition that serves as an active advisory body to the Tobacco-Free Communities Program of the County of Santa Clara’s Department of Public Health.

The mission of the Tobacco-Free Coalition of Santa Clara County is to improve the health of Santa Clara County residents through tobacco prevention strategies and community involvement.

Membership of the Tobacco-Free Coalition of Santa Clara County include professional organizations, community groups, and residents. Members provide input and expertise that assist in efforts to reduce and/or prevent tobacco use in Santa Clara County.

Goals

  • Reduce the use of tobacco products
  • Reduce exposure to secondhand and thirdhand smoke
  • Advocate for tobacco control policies
  • Foster collaboration between coalition members and community groups
  • Collaborate and partner with populations who are disproportionately impacted by tobacco
  • Educate the community on current tobacco-related issues and best practices

The Tobacco-Free Coalition meets virtually via Zoom every 4th Wednesday of the month 3 to 4 p.m.

Interested in more information or in joining the Tobacco-Free Coalition of Santa Clara County? Email [email protected] and make a difference in your community today!

Community Advocate Teens of Today logo

Community Advocate Teens of Today (CATT) is a youth-led advocacy coalition working to counter pro-tobacco influences and expose tobacco industry practices. 

CATT’s mission is to reduce tobacco use among teens in Santa Clara County through education, advocacy, and youth engagement.

Since its inception in 1997, CATT youth remain an important community voice in Santa Clara County by raising awareness of the dangers of tobacco use, exposure to secondhand smoke, and the tobacco industry’s influence on communities with high smoking and vaping rates. The CATT coalition leads and works alongside the Tobacco-Free Community Program and community partners to advocate for policy change, conduct community education and outreach, educate elected officials, and plan and coordinate trainings /activities to actively engage their peers. 

Recruitment for CATT is primarily conducted through high schools and outreach events throughout Santa Clara County. Youth between the ages of 13-20 years old are encouraged to apply. Most activities and projects take place after school and are virtual or at off-campus community settings.

Examples of CATT activities:

  • Civic engagement
  • Plan and participate in various trainings, events, conferences, and summits
  • Capacity building trainings (i.e. peer education, advocacy, leadership, etc.)
  • Host events at school for various observances and holidays (Red Ribbon Week, Earth Day, Take Down Tobacco Day)
  • Host workshops, panels, icebreakers, and activities

Benefits of joining the coalition:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Networking opportunities (i.e., peers, community stakeholders, elected officials, local organizations, and public health professionals)
  • Community service hours
  • Professional experience
  • and so much more...

To join the CATT, complete the online application. For any other questions or if you want to learn more about CATT email us at [email protected].

Get involved and be a leader in your community today!

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