Tobacco Education Program
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States.
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.
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