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About Us

The Mariposa County Tobacco Education Program (TEP) provides information, education, and training to support individual behavior change as well as smoke-free environments. 
Our goal is to: 

  • Increase the awareness of the effects of tobacco on health,
  • Reduce exposure to secondhand smoke,
  • Improve the communities’ abilities to change smoking behavior, and,
  • Strengthen community assets, conditions, policies and values that support non-smoking. 

Survey Finds Alcohol and Tobacco Products Still More Available than Milk and Fresh Fruit
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Research released in March 2017 on the availability and marketing of tobacco products, alcohol, condoms and healthy and unhealthy food options in California stores that sell tobacco highlights the differences found in Mariposa County.  
For example:
  • Nearly 1/3rd  of stores sold non- or low-fat milk, yet almost all stores sell alcoholic beverages.
  • Tobacco chew is sold at 73% of stores, yet just 65% sell fresh fruits and vegetables.

The study builds upon initial research released three years ago in March 2014 and provides insights into changes in the availability and marketing of the studied products. 
Twenty six (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%

The full report on Mariposa County store surveys can be found at the 2017 Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community Campaign website, and enter "Mariposa" in the top right corner search box. 

New Study Finds Americans Support Tobacco-free Pharmacies
Researchers asked over 4,000 American adults "do you favor or oppose banning the sale of all tobacco products in retail pharmacy stores?"  Results found that 66.1% “strongly” or “somewhat” favored prohibiting tobacco product sales. The study was published in the September 2016 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Why is this important?
“By eliminating tobacco sales, pharmacies can also help increase awareness of the health consequences of smoking and better support their customers’ management of tobacco-related diseases.” Corinne Graffunder, Dr.P.H., director of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health

For more information on this topic, ChangeLab Solutions provides a great resource:  " A Prescription for Health: Tobacco-Free Pharmacies" 

California's Tobacco21 and E-Cigarette Law

As of June 9, 2016 retailers must comply with the following laws.
*  Check ID and sell tobacco products or paraphernalia only to individuals who are 21 years old.
*  Laws that apply to traditional products like cigarettes also apply to the sale of electronic smoking devices like e-cigarettes.

Retailers can visit the California Department of Public Health's Tobacco21 website for more information.

Tobacco Free Event Banners!
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Planning an outdoor event?   Interested in keeping our community healthy and smoke-free?

The "Welcome to our Tobacco Free Event" Banner is available free for loan from the Tobacco Education Program. 

Show  people your organization cares about the health of our community - and the environment.
Call 966-3689 to reserve your banner!

Smoking Ordinance allows Mariposans to enjoy Smoke-Free Parks!

The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors adopted a Ordinance No. 1112 regulating Smoking and Tobacco Use effective November 26, 2015 and results in county laws for smoking and tobacco use that are current, consistent with state law, and relevant for today.  Important changes that apply under the new regulations are: 

  • "Smoking" is now defined to include regular cigarettes, ESDs, also known as e-cigarettes or vaporizers, and a variety of tobacco products, such as cigarillos, chew, and hookah.
  • Prohibits use of ESDs in all workplaces subject to the California labor law restricting smoking.
  • Smoking is now 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 all building entrances.

The 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.

Take a look at the FAQs or review a copy for the full ordinance here.
For more information call the Tobacco Education Program at (209) 966-3689

Call the California Smokers Helpline for FREE quit smoking services!

Need Help Quitting?
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. 
Visit the Website at

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 1-800-844-CHEW or visit us at to get started.

Smoker's Helpline Phone Numbers
  • English (800) 662-8887
  • Chewers (800) 844-2439
  • Spanish (800) 456-6386
  • American Indian (800) 662-8887
  • TDD/TTY Hearing Impaired (800) 933-4833

The Mariposa County Tobacco Education Program also offers tobacco cessation resources.
Please call for more information: (209) 966-3689 or (800) 459-4466.

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 & Wellness Coalition, with representation from many areas including non-profit agencies, healthcare providers, county services, child services, businesses, and individuals.

The Tobacco Education Program facilitates the coalition's priority areas of prevention, active living,healthy eating and a clean environment.  Collaborative work of the coalition will help to reduce the use and availability of tobacco products throughout the county.

If you or your organization have an interest in promoting healthy lifestyles in Mariposa County, consider joining us at the next Coalition meeting!  For more information contact the Tobacco Education Program at 209-936-3689.

What is Health Equity? Why are some people more impacted by Tobacco use than others?
8 ways tobacco affects vulnerable people

The community where you live, education, employment and availability of health care have more to do with your health than genetic makeup and relationship with your doctor.  Reductions in chronic disease can be greatly increased by improving our overall community vitality. 
YOU can help by learning more about healthy disparities and equity, and policies and laws that affect our health every day.  

The basics of Health Equity and conditions that exist in Mariposa County are covered here: Working Together to create Health Equity in Mariposa County

Vaping and E-Cigarette Information

Adolescent E-Cigarette Users More Likely to Smoke (October 13, 2016)

CNA Analytics and Solutions released a report, Potential Consequences of E-Cigarette Use: Is Youth Health Going Up in Smoke?, examining the potential effects of e-cigarette usage on adolescents and how this could affect future recruitment for the U.S. Department of Defense. The report found that adolescent e-cigarette users were more likely to smoke than expected, and also smoked a significantly greater number of cigarettes per day than fellow smokers who had never tried e-cigarettes. E-cigarette users were 2.5 times more likely to be smoking or chewing tobacco than the statistical model had predicted.

Mariposa Healthcare Facilities go Smoke-Free
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Fact: California's Smokefree Workplace Act does not provide equity to all workers. The law has several gaps, one of which allows smoking in long term health care facilities. 

Patients, employees and visitors are exposed to dangerous second-hand smoke when this is allowed. Comprehensive voluntary smoke-free polices can help to close this gap.

In Mariposa County,Yosemite Medical Clinic and Mariposa Horisons Unlimited Health Care have adopted voluntary 100% smoke and tobacco-free policies in 2014/2015 . This means that patients, visitors, volunteers, and employees are asked to not use tobacco while at the facility.  The voluntary policies apply to indoor and outdoor areas. Items included under the tobacco-free policy are cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, and e-cigarettes.

John C. Fremont Health Care District adopted a campus wide 100% smoke-free policy in 2011.

For more information on Smoke-Free Health Care facilities:
Healthcare Facilities and Tobacco
Secondhand Smoke in Workplaces Infographic (California Tobacco Control Program)

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