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Tobacco Education & Prevention

California makes great strides
Significant developments in Tobacco Control

On May 4, 2016, Governor Brown signed five incredibly significant tobacco control bills into law:

SB X2-7 raises the legal age for purchase of tobacco from 18-21, with an exception for active members of the military.

SB X2-5 will regulate e-cigarettes like traditional tobacco products.

AB X2-9 broadens California's tobacco-free school laws to cover all school property at all times.

AB X2-11 increases the licensing fee for distributing and selling tobacco products, starting in 2017.

AB X2-7 expands California's smoke-free workplace laws to include self-employed individuals who bring clients to their offices, and removes some exemptions, including for hotel lobbies, bars and warehouse facilities.

Read more in this article in the Sacramento Bee.

Flavored Tobacco Products 
What everyone needs to know...
The FDA Advisory on Flavored Tobacco Products cautions that "Many types of tobacco products are made to taste like vanilla, orange, chocolate, cherry, coffee and other flavors. These kinds of flavors make tobacco products especially appealing to kids, and can lead to a lifetime of tobacco addiction. The FDA is encouraging parents to understand the serious risks associated with flavored tobacco products."

Flavored tobacco products:
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 - Appeal to kids
 - Disguise the bad taste of tobacco
 - Are just as addictive as regular tobacco products

 - Have the same harmful health effects as regular tobacco products.

Click here for more information on Flavored Tobacco Products from the Alpine County Tobacco Control Program.

Make the best New Year's Resolution!
Quit smoking in 2016.  
The California Smokers' Helpline is ready to help.
Click below to get started.  You deserve to quit!

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2015 Youth Tobacco Purchase Survey

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In July 2015, the
Alpine County Tobacco Control Program conducted its annual local survey of compliance with laws aimed at protecting youth from tobacco. Under the supervision of an adult chaperone, a specially trained youth decoy attempts to purchase a tobacco product at each retail location.  

All California tobacco retailers are required to display a current Tobacco Retailer License issued by the Board of Equalization, along with the distinctive red and black STAKE Act (Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement) sticker.  They are required to train their employees to ask for identification from any person who appears to be under the age of 27, and to refuse the sale to any person under the age of 18. 

After this year’s survey, both the Markleeville General Store and the Lake Alpine Resort can be congratulated for knowledge and compliance with the laws protecting youth.  Clerks at both stores knew to ask the youth decoy for identification and to refuse the sale.  Both stores employ courteous and conscientious staff who understood and upheld the required regulations. 

With all the new smoking products on the market, it is more important than ever that retailers do their part to protect youth from tobacco.  With flavors like cotton candy, grape, mint patty and cake batter, flavored tobaccos and electronic smoking liquids seek to appeal to young people, but carry the same deadly consequences. According to the American Cancer Society, almost all tobacco use begins during youth and young adulthood.  
If young people can remain tobacco-free until age 18, most will never start smoking.  The best way for anyone to avoid a lifetime of addiction is to never start.

Alpine County – The Last Bastion

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E-cigarettes and other “vaping” devices have exploded in popularity in recent years.

Unfortunately, they have not been proven a safe alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes.  But, because these products are not yet regulated like traditional cigarettes, some potentially dangerous claims are being made about them.  Arguably the most hazardous claim is that these devices produce only “harmless water vapor.”  In reality, these devices produce aerosol containing many known carcinogens and toxins

It is worth noting that Alpine is the only county in California where these products are not being sold.  
That is good news for all our residents!  

As of October 2014, electronic smoking devices are included in Alpine County's definition of smoking.  Wherever you cannot smoke, you cannot vape.

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Municipalities with Smokefree Outdoor Dining and Bar Patio Laws 

Enacted as of January 2, 2014 
This list includes those municipalities that have enacted laws for 100% smokefree outdoor dining and bar patios. The list does not include those municipalities that have restricted smoking to certain parts or percentages of outdoor dining or bar patios.

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Americans for NonSmokers Rights has been defending your right to breathe smoke-free air since 1976.  Please click this link for more information on living smoke-free!

Alpine County's Tobacco Education and Prevention Programs
Our program goals are to:
  • Increase our awareness of the effects of smoking on personal and public health
  • Improve communities' abilities to change smoking behavior
  • Increase the influence of existing legal and economic factors that discourage smoking
  • Strengthen social norms and values supporting non-smoking

Remember: keep quitting until you quit for good.

To report indoor smoking at a work site in California, call the Alpine County Health and Human Services Department.

California Smokers' Helpline
The California Smokers' Helpline is a telephone program that can help you quit smoking. Helpline services are free, funded by the California Department of Public Health. The Helpline has been in operation since 1992. Every month, thousands of Californians call and receive help. When you call, a friendly staff person will offer a choice of services: self-help materials, a referral list of other programs, and one-on-one counseling over the phone.

The California Smokers’ Helpline is committed to serving California's diverse populations. Language services available:
  • English: 800-NO-BUTTS (800-662-8887)
  • Spanish: 800-45-NO-FUME (800-456-6386)
  • TDD/TTY Hearing Impaired: 800-933-4TDD (800-933-4833)
  • California Tobacco Chewers’ Helpline: 800-844-CHEW (800-844-2439)
Hours of Operation
  • Monday - Friday
    7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday
    9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

If you call after hours or if the lines are busy, you will reach the Helpline’s 24-hour voice mail service. Leave a message and someone will return your call.
  • For those living outside of California, please call 800-QUIT-NOW and you will be connected with your local quitline.
  • In addition, the National Cancer Institute offers a list of states with local “quitline” telephone numbers.

Health & Human Services
75 Diamond Valley Road
Markleeville, CA 96120
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Ph: 530-694-2235
Fx: 530-694-2252

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

24 Hour Crisis Hotline: