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Tobacco Education Program
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. 

Tobacco-free Pharmacies

The Retail Perspective:  All CVS pharmacies and Raley’s supermarkets have stopped selling tobacco altogether. In this Sacramento Bee article from 2015, a Raley’s spokesperson states:  There is a very strong correlation between tobacco use and many serious health issues … At this time, the evidence against tobacco usage is simply too strong to ignore.”

Also, an industry economist notes that tobacco sales, which used to produce a good revenue stream for grocery stores – including those with Pharmacies – have declined in the past decades. Still tobacco companies provide incentives for grocers who promote tobacco products with campaigns and signage. Retailers with pharmacies have a role in promoting health and well-being. The sales of tobacco products in their stores is an inherent conflict of this mission.

Americans Support Tobacco-free Phamacies: 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.

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.

Health Equity: Why are homeless more impacted by Tobacco use than others?

According to the recently released report from the Public Health Law Center 
 "Underserved and Overlooked: Tobacco Addiction Among the Homeless Population"  tobacco use among the homeless population is at a crisis stage: between 60 and 80 percent of people who are homeless use tobacco products.

The public health community is committed to addressing issues of health equity and social justice that often impact marginalized populations. This report conveys the compelling and stunning prevalence of tobacco-related illness and death in the world of the homeless. 

Promising practices to address the challenges of reducing tobacco use in this underserved population are peer-driven models, leveraging outreach opportunities and cessation interventions that meet the need of the individual. The Tobacco Education Program supports our partner organizations, such as the Mariposa Heritage House to reduce the burden of tobacco use on individuals who are often overlooked and marginalized.  

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.  "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 helps promote healthy lifestyles, including reducing the use and availability of tobacco products. For example, the Mariposa Heritage House encourages walking as a way for their clients to relieve stress. The TEP recognizes stress is associated with tobacco use, and supplies the popular "Mariposa Walking Routes" map to the organization. The maps include information on the connection between chronic disease and tobacco use. 

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.

Mariposa Healthcare Facilities go Smoke-Free
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. 

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.

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. 
More information on the benefits of adopting a Smoke-Free Health Care facility is available:
Healthcare Facilities and Tobacco
Going Smokefree - Hospitals and Health Care

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