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Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths annually, including nearly 42,000 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 total cost of smoking in California, second highest among the Bay Area Counties, totaling $689,796,000 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 initiation of tobacco use & reducing 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
TFC collaborates with community-based organizations and local, state, and federal health agencies to promote a healthy lifestyle and create a tobacco-free Santa Clara County.
The goal of TFC is to increase community awareness of the detrimental impact of tobacco use by engaging residents, key community partners, and elected leaders in implementing a variety of evidence-based strategies. Our efforts, in particular, are focused on reducing tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure for populations that use tobacco at higher rates, and experience a greater burden of tobacco-related diseases. Below is more information about TFC’s current projects.
Project aimed at protecting residents from secondhand smoke exposure.
Initiatives to prevent youth access to tobacco products.
Project aimed at positively impact the health of the community's health though a healthy retail recognition award.
Learn about local programs that provide quit smoking services
Get involved in tobacco prevention activities
Additional program resources:
Learn more about Santa Clara County Public Health Department Tobacco-Free Communities 2014 - 2017 Program Goals and Interventions.