Tobacco Education Program
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States.
Tobacco Industry Attempts to Overturn Senate Bill 793: Flavored Tobacco Ban in California
On August 28, 2020, California passed a broad law prohibiting the sale of most flavored tobacco products. Three days later, on August 31, a proposed referendum was submitted to the Attorney General of California. If this referendum qualifies for the ballot, SB-793 will be suspended until the referendum vote in the 2022 general election. This means the state law prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products would have no effect for at least two years. If the voters approve the referendum in November 2022, SB-793 would take effect the fifth day after the Secretary of State certifies the election results. If the voters defeat the referendum, SB-793 will not become law. The referendum process, however, does not prevent local California jurisdictions from adopting and implementing their own flavored tobacco sales restrictions. The sale of flavored tobacco is prohibited in the Town of Mammoth Lakes and in unincorporated Mono County.
To learn more about this bill, and the Tobacco Industry's referendum, see this post from the Public Health Law Center.
Tobacco Use and COVID-19:
There has never been a better time to quit using tobacco products. COVID-19 can affect your respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs). Long-term smokers and people who vape (many who are former smokers) are at increased risk of developing chronic lung conditions. People with lung disease or moderate to severe asthma are at a high risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Smoking weakens the immune system.
For more information, visit the California Department of Public Health website and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Q&A from the World Health Organization: Tobacco and COVID-19
“The odds of corona virus progression (including death) were 14 times higher among people with a history of smoking compared to those who did not smoke.” Read the whole article here: https://tobacco.ucsf.edu/reduce-your-risk-serious-lung-disease-caused-corona-virus-quitting-smoking-and-vaping
(See cessation resources below on this Tobacco Education Program webpage)
Our department's goals are to:
- Increase the awareness of the effects of smoking on public health,
- Improve communities' abilities to change smoking behavior,
- Increase the influence of existing legal and economic factors that discourage smoking, and
- Strengthen social norms and values supporting non-smoking.
Resources for Youth
Community Engagement Opportunity:
If you would like help eliminate tobacco-related health disparities in Mono County, you are invited to participate in the Mono County Prevention Coalition. On the Mono County Prevention Coalition Webpage you will find meeting agendas and notes, resources, and trainings.
To report indoor smoking at a worksite in California, call the Mono County Health Department in Mammoth Lakes at (760) 924-1830.
Remember...Keep Quitting Until You Quit For Good!
For further information on Smoking Cessation Resources, please contact the Mono County Health Department in Mammoth Lakes at (760) 924-1830