Updated November 21, 2014
The goal of Santa Clara County's Tobacco Free Communities is to increase community awareness of the detrimental impact of tobacco use by engaging residents, key community partners, and elected leaders in public health efforts to reduce disease, disability, and death related to tobacco use by:
- Preventing tobacco use by youth and young adults;
- Eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke;
- Eliminating disparities related to tobacco use and its effects among specific populations;
- Promoting quitting among young people and adults.
Learn more about Santa Clara County Public Health Department Tobacco-Free Communities 2014 - 2017 Program Goals and Interventions.
We encourage you to get involved, join our coalitions
and speak out! To learn more about our recent successes, read our Tobacco Prevention Briefs
Fifty years after the release of the first Surgeon General's report on smoking and health, remarkable progress has been made. Since 1964, smoking prevalence among U.S. adults has been reduced by half. Unfortunately, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. In January 2014, the Surgeon General will release the 50th
anniversary Surgeon General’s Report (SGR) on smoking and health. The report will highlight 50 years of progress in tobacco control and prevention, present new data on the health consequences of tobacco use, and detail initiatives that can end the tobacco use epidemic in the U.S. To learn more on how to get involved, visit the Surgeon General's website