Tobacco Education Program
Welcome to Glenn County’s Tobacco Education Program!
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease in the United States, resulting in over 440,000 deaths per year. It is also a risk factor for four of the five leading causes of death: cardiovascular disease, stroke, lung cancer, and emphysema. Secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing 49,830 non-smokers and contributing to 3,400 deaths from lung cancer every year.
Protect Yourself From COVID-19: Stop Smoking and Vaping Now
Smoking doubles your risk of developing respiratory infections, and your risk of becoming sicker if you are exposed to COVID-19. Being smoke and tobacco-free is as important as washing your hands and covering your cough for the health of your family and our community. For free help to stop smoking or vaping, keep scrolling to see a list of readily available cessation resources.
Glenn County Tobacco Control Priority Areas:
- Smoke-free Outdoor Air: The dangers of secondhand smoke are well documented, especially for children and adults with asthma or other chronic illnesses, pregnant women, and the elderly. Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals and has also been designated as a known human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure. The Tobacco Education Program is committed to educating the public on the impacts of secondhand smoke exposure and helping communities adopt smoke-free outdoor air policies.
- Reducing Tobacco Retailer Density Near Youth Sensitive Areas: An abundance of tobacco retailers near youth sensitive areas, like schools, parks, and community centers, can perpetuate social norms about tobacco use and increases exposure to industry point of sale advertising and marketing. 40% of tobacco retailers in Glenn County are located near schools. The Tobacco Education program is committed to finding ways to reduce accessibility of these products to youth by restricting their sale away from youth sensitive areas.
- Community Coalition Engagement: The Tobacco Education Program is proud to engage with GCAP (Glenn County Alliance for Prevention) and SWAT (Students Working against Tobacco) in their advocacy efforts to protect the lives and health of Glenn County residents from the harmful effects of tobacco and secondhand smoke emissions. The community coalition, GCAP, meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Meetings take place at 2:15 PM at the Orland Round Table Conference Room.
Do you want to quit smoking or vaping? We have lots of resources and support to help you quit!
- California Smokers Helpline: You can reach them by calling 1-800-NO-BUTTS: The CSH is staffed by trained specialists that can provide 1 on 1 counseling sessions in 6 different languages, including Spanish. They also offer free self-help materials and a text messaging program. The CSH is also providing FREE 2-week nicotine patches for all smokers who call the helpline, while supplies last.
- California Smokers Helpline: Quit Vaping Service: CSH also offers vaping interventions in multiple languages. To sign up, visit the website or text NO VAPES to 66819.
- Every Try Counts : This is a website that is dedicated to helping smokers and vapers practice quitting by taking small steps towards recovery, with links to apps and texting services.
- Smokefree TXT: They provide many different cessation options and targeted interventions for veterans, teens, moms, seniors, Spanish speakers and more. You can visit the website or text QUIT to 47848 to sign up for FREE.