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Tobacco Use 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. H
elpline 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- 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
Take action and learn more:
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:
- Prevent the initiation of tobacco use & reduce youth access to tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices
- Reduce tobacco use, particularly among populations with the highest rates
- Reduce exposure to secondhand smoke and third-hand smoke
- 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.
Learn about the dangers of vaping and resources available to you.
View our 2018-2022 Strategic Plan for Advancing Health Equity in Tobacco Control in Santa Clara County.
Resources on secondhand smoke and how to address exposure.
Initiatives to prevent youth access to tobacco products.
Learn about local programs that provide quit smoking services
Get involved in tobacco prevention activities
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