Susan Buckley, RN, Director, Public Health
Ira Singh, MPH, Deputy Director
Donald I. Baird, MD, Health Officer

Tobacco-Free Humboldt Program

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WHY DOES PUBLIC HEALTH HAVE A TOBACCO PREVENTION PROGRAM?

In 1988, California voters passed Proposition 99, a tax on tobacco that established a comprehensive statewide tobacco education, prevention, and cessation program. Proposition 99 designated public health departments as "local lead agencies" for tobacco control. As a result, Humboldt County Public Health established the Tobacco Education Program (TEP) in 1990. In 2004, the program formally became the "Tobacco-Free Humboldt" program.


WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM DO?

Tobacco-Free Humboldt's responsibilities include: convening a local coalition that includes interested citizens, organizations with tobacco control expertise, and representatives of high-risk populations; providing technical assistance to tobacco control service providers; providing or contracting for tobacco control activities; establishing a data collection system; and developing a local 3-year plan and budget.

The activities in the 2010-2013 scope of work include but are not limited to the following:

 

1.  Reducing tobacco litter in parks and sports fields.  Tobacco litter clean-up surveys will document the local problem with cigarette butts, the most littered item in the world.  Tobacco Free Humboldt will work with local cities, schools and sports leagues to create tobacco-free environments where children play.

 

2.  Reducing exposure to secondhand smoke.  The U.S. Surgeon General has declared that secondhand smoke is toxic and cancer-causing.  Tobacco Free Humboldt will continue to work in all jurisdictions to create smoke-free public places.  We will focus on protecting people where they live by providing assistance to multi-unit housing property owners who want to make the transition to 100% smoke-free living.

 

3.  Building the Capacity of the Smoke-Free Movement.  By building the network of diverse health advocates that are part of the Tobacco Education Network, a local community coalition, our program can extend the option of a smoke-free lifestyle to everyone in our community.  This is an important step to eliminate the uneven toll tobacco takes on the lives of some groups, especially people with low income.

WHO ELSE DOES THE PROGRAM WORK WITH?

Other agencies in the community with tobacco control funding and/or tobacco use prevention as a part of their agency's mission are:
  • Public schools,
  • United Indian Health Services,
  • Northern California Indian Development Council, and
  • The American Cancer Society
  • Other counties throughout California's network of tobacco-control programs


HOW CAN PEOPLE GET INVOLVED?

Volunteers are needed to work on the Tobacco Education Network Community Coalition (TEN), which meets monthly, and for other tobacco control activities.

Contact:
Tobacco-Free Humboldt
Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services
Public Health Branch
(707) 268-2132

OTHER TOBACCO PREVENTION LINKS

Tobacco Education Network
American Cancer Society
Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights
California Smokers' Helpline
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Smokers' Helpline - Teen Oriented Site
STAKE Act Web Site - Northern/Central California
California Tobacco Control Program
The Tobacco Atlas
Free Local Quit Class
Ciggy Buttz on Twitter



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