Tobacco Education Program
In the News:
COVID-19 and Tobacco: What you need to know
If you smoke or vape and get the COVID-19 virus, you increase your risk of developing more severe COVID-19 symptoms. Smoking and vaping lower the lungs’ immune response to infection.
The 10 most common questions about tobacco use and COVID-19 are answered at TobaccoFreeCA COVID-19 and Tobacco: What You Need to Know Now.
COVID-19 attacks the lungs, and people who smoke are at higher risk of developing lung infections along with older adults over the age of 65, individuals with compromised immune systems and individuals who have underlying medical conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes or lung disease are at high risk.
A Tobacco-Free Community
Our work is based on research-based best practices, community involvement, and creating awareness of the impact Tobacco use has on our health, community and environment.
Our primary focus areas are:
- Eliminate worker and customer exposure to secondhand smoke exposure in outdoor dining areas and patios. Learn more: Smoke-free Outdoor Dining Fact Sheet.
- Eliminate exposure to second-hand and third-hand smoke smoke in Multi-unit Housing properties, where our most vulnerable populations live (e.g. children, lower-income, elderly).
- Reduce the number of Flavored Tobacco products marketed to youth and lower-income people. Research indicates youth are attracted are more likely to try and continue using a tobacco product that is flavored. Learn more at flavorshookkids.org.
See the links on left for more information!
Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Throughout the United States, tobacco use prevention has made a difference since the 1964 Surgeon General's Report on tobacco use was released.
Mariposa Health & Wellness Coalition
"All Mariposa County residents will have access to opportunities to be healthy and well."
This is the mission of the Mariposa Health and Wellness Coalition, with representation from many areas including non-profit agencies, healthcare providers, county services, child services, businesses, and individuals. The Coalition's priority focus areas are 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.
If you or your organization have an interest in promoting healthy lifestyles in Mariposa County, consider joining us at the next Coalition meeting. Contact the Tobacco Education Program at 209-966-3689
Facilitation of the Coalition is provided by the Mariposa County Public Health, Tobacco Education Program. The Coalition does not operate under the jurisdiction of Mariposa County.
Need Help Quitting?
California Smokers' Helpline
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.
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 800-844-CHEW to get started.
Understanding Secondhand & Thirdhand Smoke
The harmful effects of tobacco do not end with the user. There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. (Surgeon Generals Report 2010) Secondhand tobacco smoke causes heart disease, lung cancer, and stroke in adults, and can lead to more severe asthma attacks and respiratory and ear infections in children.
Thirdhand smoke is considered to be the residual nicotine and other chemicals left on a variety of indoor surfaces by tobacco smoke. This residue reacts with common indoor pollutants to create a toxic mix.
Protecting Residents & Visitors from Secondhand Smoke
Mariposa County Smoking & Tobacco Use Ordinance
The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance No. 1112 regulating smoking and tobacco use in November 2015. "Smoking" is now defined to include regular cigarettes, ESD's, also known as e-cigarettes or vaporizers, and a variety of tobacco products, such as cigarillos, chew, & hookah. Please note the following:
- Smoking is 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 entryways into all workplaces.
UPDATE October 2019: To ensure the health of our restaurant employees, residents, and visitors, the Board of Supervisors has adopted an ordinance to make outdoor dining areas and areas within a 25' radius of food trucks smoke-free.
The full definition of these smoke free zones can be found in County Ordinance 2019-1145, which is effective October 24, 2019.
These ordinances help to reduce exposure to harmful effects of secondhand smoke in the community, and especially protect the health of our children and most vulnerable populations.