Tobacco Education Program
A Tobacco-Free Community
Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Throughout the United States, tobacco use prevention has made a difference since the 1964 Surgeon General's Report on tobacco (PDF) use was released.
The Mariposa County Tobacco Education Program is a comprehensive, coordinated effort to curtail the tobacco epidemic, and improve the health of our community. Our goal is to engage with community organizations and residents to work towards ensuring smoke-free environments and a reduction of tobacco products marketed towards youth.
Our work is based on research-based best practices, community involvement, and creating awareness of the impact Tobacco use has on our health, community and environment. We educate and inform on ways to:
- Eliminate worker and customer exposure to secondhand smoke exposure in outdoor dining areas and patios. Learn more: Smoke-free Outdoor Dining Fact Sheet (PDF).
- Eliminate exposure to second-hand (PDF) and third-hand (PDF) smoke in Multi-unit Housing properties, where our most vulnerable populations live (e.g. children, lower-income, elderly).
- Reduce the number of Flavored Tobacco products marketed to youth and lower-income people. Research indicates youth are attracted are more likely to try and continue using a tobacco product that is flavored. Learn more at flavorshookkids.org.
For more information contact the Tobacco Education Program staff at 209-966-3689.
Need Help Quitting?
California Smokers' Helpline
The California Smokers' Helpline provides a number of free services to help smokers and other tobacco users quit. When you call the toll-free number shown below, a staff counselor will work with you to determine a best fit, be it Self-Help materials, Text messages, or One-on-One phone counseling. Special services are available to pregnant smokers and tobacco chewers.
The California Chewer’s Helpline is ready to help you quit using smokeless tobacco. Chew contains at least 28 chemicals known to cause cancer, and just like all forms of tobacco, chew contains nicotine, an addictive drug that gets you hooked on tobacco.
Call the California Tobacco Chewers’ Helpline at 800-844-CHEW to get started.
Understanding Secondhand & Thirdhand Smoke
The harmful effects of tobacco do not end with the user. There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. (Surgeon Generals Report 2010) Secondhand tobacco smoke causes heart disease, lung cancer, and stroke in adults, and can lead to more severe asthma attacks and respiratory and ear infections in children.
Thirdhand smoke is considered to be the residual nicotine and other chemicals left on a variety of indoor surfaces by tobacco smoke. This residue reacts with common indoor pollutants to create a toxic mix.
Mariposa County Health & Wellness Coalition
"All Mariposa County residents will have access to opportunities to be healthy and well."
This is the mission of the Mariposa County Health and Wellness Coalition, with representation from many areas including non-profit agencies, healthcare providers, county services, child services, businesses, and individuals. The Coalition's priority focus areas are prevention, active living, healthy eating, and a clean environment. Collaborative work of the Coalition helps promote healthy lifestyles, including reducing the use and availability of Tobacco products.
If you or your organization have an interest in promoting healthy lifestyles in Mariposa County, consider joining us at the next Coalition meeting. Contact the Tobacco Education Program at 209-966-3689
Facilitation of the MCH&W Coalition is provided by the Mariposa County Health Department, Tobacco Education Program. The Coalition does not operate under the jurisdiction of Mariposa County.
Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community
Survey finds alcohol and tobacco are still more available than milk and fresh fruit.
Released March 2017, this study builds upon initial research released 3 years ago in March of 2014 and provides insights into changes in the availability and marketing of studied products. 26 Stores were surveyed in Mariposa County.
Tobacco products that are often marketed to youth saw an increase:
- The availability of e-cigarettes and vaping devices has increased by 65% since 2013
- The number of stores that sell single "little cigars" or cigarillos has doubled to 65%
- Chew Tobacco is sold at 73% of stores, yet just 65% sell fresh fruit and vegetables
A full report on Mariposa County Store surveys can be found at 2017 Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community website, and enter "Mariposa" at the top right corner search box.
Protecting Residents & Visitors from Secondhand Smoke
Mariposa County Smoking & Tobacco Use Ordinance
The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance No. 1112 regulating smoking and tobacco use in November 2015. "Smoking" is now defined to include regular cigarettes, ESD's, also known as e-cigarettes or vaporizers, and a variety of tobacco products, such as cigarillos, chew, & hookah. Please note the following:
- Smoking is prohibited at all Mariposa County Parks, community parks, sports fields, the Mariposa Farmers Market, the Mariposa Creek Parkway, and YARTS bus stops.
- Smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of entryways into all workplaces.
This ordinance will help reduce exposure to harmful effects of secondhand smoke in the community, and especially protect the health of our children and most vulnerable populations.