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Tobacco Prevention and Control


Through the Tobacco Prevention and Control project, NACCHO aims to provide local health departments (LHDs) with resources to reduce the impact of tobacco in their communities and works collaboratively with partners to ensure the integration of national, state, and local tobacco control efforts. More »

 
In the Spotlight
California Takes a Stand against E-cigarettes

On Wednesday, January 28, Dr. Ron Chapman, the state health officer and director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), released a State Health Officer’s Report on E-Cigarettes: A Community Health Threat, along with a Health Advisory aimed at health professionals. The State Health Officer’s Report and Health Advisory summarized research on:

  • Health risks associated with using e-cigarettes;
  • The toxicity of nicotine and the harmful chemicals contained in the secondhand aerosol;
  • The sharp increase in calls to California’s poison control centers involving e-cigarettes, in particular ingestion of e-liquid by children;
  • Youth and young adults’ rapid uptake of e-cigarettes;
  • The aggressive and unrestricted marketing by e-cigarette and tobacco companies; and,
  • Recommendations for how health care providers can educate their patients.

The report highlighted three important steps to address the alarming rise of e-cigarettes, including: (1) “education to counter the marketing of e-cigarettes, which is often misleading and highly appealing to teens”; (2) the “need to treat e-cigarettes in a comprehensive manner that is consistent with how we approach traditional cigarettes”; and finally, (3) the need to protect children and workers from the “toxicity associated with the unintentional exposure and handling of e-liquid”.

After issuing the report and advisory, CDPH received widespread media coverage from national, state and local news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle and Associated Press. Over 150 news outlets covered the story, with headlines such as, “California health officials launch campaign against vaping” and “California declares e-cigarettes a public health threat”.  Several newspapers published editorials commending CDPH for its announcement.

While a few other states, such as Oklahoma and Alaska, have issued advisories to the public about the dangers of e-cigarettes, California was the first to release a report.

California is regarded as being a leader in the nation for reducing smoking. The California Tobacco Control Program’s comprehensive approach to tobacco control has changed social norms around tobacco-use and secondhand smoke, reduced the smoking rate among California adults by more than 50 percent since 1988, saved more than one million lives, and achieved more than $134 billion worth of savings in health care costs. With this effort, California is again providing the leadership to address this new public health challenge that threatens to erode 25 years of progress in tobacco use prevention and cessation.  

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Opportunities to Promote Tobacco Cessation

The annual Great American Smokeout (GASO) occurred on November 20, 2014. Led by the American Cancer Society, communities all over the country  encouraged smokers to set this date as a target to quit smoking. The end of the year also brought New Year Resolutions that included tobacco cessation. This is an opportunity for local health departments and community organizations to promote use of cessation services like quit lines, counseling programs, and medication therapies. Visit the following links to find resources to support GASO activities, communications and social media materials, and more information about tobacco prevention and control.

NACCHO resources:

American Cancer Society:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resources:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Surgeon General's Office:

 
Webinars

Archive: Smoke-Free Multiunit Housing

NACCHO and ASTHO co-hosted a webinar about smoke-free multiunit housing on December 16, 2014. You can view the archived webinar recording or slides online.

 
Graphic - LHD policy work in tobacco (2013 Profile)