Tobacco Education Program
New! Tobacco21 and E-Cigarettes
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.
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.
Tobacco Free Event Banners!
Planning an outdoor event soon? 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.
A great opportunity to 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 new 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 www.nobutts.org
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.
If you think you’re not just harming yourself because there is no smoke, think again. Your choice to chew also affects your loved ones. Chewing is an expensive habit, quitting is free. Quit coaches are available to help you quit, and all services are free!
Call the California Tobacco Chewers’ Helpline at 1-800-844-CHEW or visit us at www.nobutts.org/chew 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
- Cantonese/Mandarin (800) 838-8917
- Korean (800)556-5564
- TDD/TTY Hearing Impaired (800) 933-4833
The Mariposa County Tobacco Education Program also offers tobacco cessation classes for the community.
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.
Creating Healthy Environments for Mariposa County
Your lifestyle affects your health more than your genetic makeup and relationship with your doctor. Prevention of chronic diseases and optimal health is influenced by interactions between people in your family, community. Organizations influence our work, learning and recreational activities, as do policies and laws.
For more information: "Mariposa County Can Have Access to Healthier Options
" provides an overview of the health status of residents in our community and the factors that influence health and well-being.
Vaping and E-Cigarette Information
Teens who Vape are 3 times
more likely to smoke 1 year later. Have you seen the new Gonna Getcha commercial?
This fact sheet will help you learn about the risks and concerns of E-Cigarettes and Vaping: Toxic Vapors Information
This brochure is an excellent free resource may be downloaded and printed: "Protect Your Family from E-Cigarette"
California Board of Pharmacy Recommends Eliminating Cigarette and Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies
At their October 29, 2014 meeting, board members approved a policy statement that recommends the elimination of tobacco product sales in pharmacies. The full statement is available here: CA Board of Pharmacy-EliminateTobacco
Pharmacies and Public Health - making the connection:
- Pharmacies dispense medicine to improve ones health and reduce suffering.
- Pharmacies selling tobacco give the impression that tobacco is not dangerous.
- Pharmacies are part of the health care delivery system that provide medical advice, and therefore, shouldn't sell tobacco.
- Fewer locations selling cigarettes reduce the number of retailers from which young people can attempt to buy tobacco.
- Healthcare professionals have a moral obligation to promote health of patients.
For more information on this topic, ChangeLab Solutions provides a great resource: " A Prescription for Health: Tobacco-Free Pharmacies"
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.
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)