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Sutter County Tobacco Control Program


Mission Statement

The mission of the Sutter County Tobacco Control Program is to improve the health of all Sutter County residents by reducing chronic disease, illness and premature death attributable to the use of tobacco products through policy, systems and environmental changes.

Program Information

Sutter County Tobacco Education & Prevention Program

Sutter County Tobacco Control is a program that addresses chronic disease and health disparities and works to increase awareness of the health risks of tobacco use. Sutter County Tobacco Control also works to counter pro-tobacco influences, reduce tobacco sales to youth under 21, refer smokers to cessation programs and assist communities to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke through policy, systems and environmental changes.

Tobacco Control staff conduct presentations in the community, participate in community events, provide retailer education trainings and in-store visits, conduct community wide health needs assessments and provide technical assistance to local business that wish to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke through smokefree policy implementation. Additionally, the Sutter County Tobacco Control Program offers free quit-kits and educational materials to the community.

The Tobacco Control Program participates in two local community coalitions, the Student Advocates for Sutter County (SASC) , and the Healthy & Safe Neighborhoods Coalition (HSNC) . The purpose of these coalitions is to engage community members and youth in grassroots community mobilization activities that promote social norm changes and educate the public about health issues related to tobacco use and tobacco industry strategies that promote tobacco use.

Everyone Can Quit Smoking. The California Smoker's Helpline Can Help.

California Smoker's Helpline 1-800-NO-BUTTS

Are you ready to quit smoking? Visit California Smoker's Helpline and/or call 1-800-NO-BUTTS for FREE help to quit smoking. California Smoker's Helpline offers free telephone counseling, self-help materials, and online help in six languages to help you quit smoking.

Join Us! Student Advocates for Sutter County


Interested in making positive community changes? Want to build your college resume? Join the 2017-2018 SASC Youth Coalition. Participating in SASC will help build your skills in public speaking, health policy, public health and youth advocacy while learning about tobacco control and local government.

If you are interested in joining the SASC Youth Coalition please fill out the application below and return it to [email protected] OR bring the completed application to a SASC meeting. Contact: Jessica Cadriel [email protected] for more information. Meetings are held every other Wednesday at River Valley High School Room #102 during lunch time.

Join Us! Healthy & Safe Neighborhoods Coalition

Healthy and Safe Neighborhoods Coalition

Mission: Creating a healthy and safe community by reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors.

Purpose: Work together to strengthen our community capacity to create healthy and safe environments and reduce unhealthy behaviors among youth and adults through education and advocacy work.

The Healthy and safe Neighborhoods coalition is made up of community members and youth from local cross-sector agencies including government, retail, public safety and nonprofits who address health, behavioral health, safety and education.

If you are interested in joining the Healthy & Safe Neighborhoods Coalition or would like additional information please email [email protected].

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Creating Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing


One of the most important steps a community can take to improve its residents' health is to create more smokefree spaces. Local and state governments are adopting laws to reduce and even eliminate secondhand smoke exposure where people work, play, and live – Change Lab Solutions

Exposure to secondhand smoke can lead to serious health problems including lung cancer, heart disease and stroke, and can make asthma worse in adults and children. It is especially dangerous for children as it can result in permanent damage to growing lungs, and cause respiratory illnesses like pneumonia, ear infections and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Establishing #SMOKEFREE multi-unit housing would reduce secondhand smoke inhalation and help improve the health of children, adults, pets and employees living and working in multi-unit housing.

Talk to your building manager about adopting a smokefree multi-unit housing policy. For more information and technical assistance call 530-822-7215 ext 276 or email Brian Cowan at [email protected]

New Landmark California Tobacco 21 Law


New Tobacco 21 Law went into effect June 9, 2016

No Tobacco and E-Cigs Under 21 We Check ID

The Sale of Tobacco Products to Persons Under 21 Years of Age is Prohibited by Law and Subject to Penalties.

  • Retailer tools and resources visit: CDPH- California Tobacco Control Program
  • To report an unlawful tobacco sale call: 1-800-5 ASK-4-ID
  • U.S. Armed Forces active duty personnel with military ID must be at least 18 years of age. For more information

Addiction is Never Sweet or Cool


Who even likes strawberry flavored cigars? Our kids, that’s who! A new report released by the California Medical Association (CMA) finds that youth are attracted to sweet flavors and, with the help of targeted marketing, are more likely to try and continue using a tobacco product that is flavored.

Kids love candy, but how do we know that kids like flavored tobacco products? Just ask them: this is exactly what a recent study did and found that more than two-thirds of youth report using tobacco products because “they come in flavors I like.”

No matter how it's delivered, nicotine is addictive and harmful for youth and young adults. Read the 1st ever U.S. Surgeon General Report on E-Cigarettes, Published December 2016: E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults .

To learn more about the risks of electronic smoking devices, visit

85 Percent of E-Cigarette Users Ages 12 to 17 Use Flavors

Did Sutter County Make the Grade? American Lung Association State of Tobacco Report 2017



The State of Tobacco Control 2017 report grades all fifty states and the federal government on four key tobacco control policies: tobacco control and prevention spending, smokefree air, tobacco taxes, and cessation coverage. In conjunction with the national report, the State of Tobacco Control 2016 - California Local Grades report issues grades for all 482 cities and 58 counties in California on policies for smokefree outdoor air, smokefree housing, and reducing sales of tobacco products.

How can our community improve its health and raise its grade? Some examples listed below:

  • Restricts businesses that sell tobacco from being located within certain distance of schools and/or parks
  • Adopt smokefree public housing and market rate housing policies for multi-unit housing complexes in Sutter County
  • Prohibit tobacco sales at all or some pharmacies
  • Prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products, including cigars, little cigars, pipe tobacco and electronic cigarettes
  • Prohibit the sale of cigars in individual or small packages, which increases the price and makes them less attractive to youth
  • Require tobacco retailers to pay an annual fee that sufficiently covers administration and enforcement efforts, including compliance checks; and require that all retailers obtain a license to sell tobacco and renew it annually

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Sutter County Champions


Sutter County Tobacco Control staff continue to work with local businesses to adopt tobacco free work site policies. Multiple studies have shown that secondhand smoke, even in small amounts can cause immediate harm to nonsmokers who breathe it.

Coming Soon:Peach Tree Health Clinic in Yuba City will become smoke and tobacco free effective January 1, 2018. Peach Tree is dedicated to “Creating a Healthier Sutter” and ensuring that all of its clients can “Breathe Easy”. Congratulations Peach Tree Health!

Coming Soon:The Regional Housing Authority of Sutter and Nevada Counties (RHASNC) will be implementing the smoke free HUD ruling effective August 1, 2018 at three sites, Richland Housing Development, Date Street Senior Village and River City Manor. The RHASNC is going above and beyond the HUD ruling and will include e-cigarettes in their smokefree policy. Thank you RHASNC for your dedication to “Creating a Healthier Sutter”!

Interested in adopting a voluntary policy for a tobacco-free property? Sutter County Public Health Tobacco Control staff can provide technical assistance. Call (530) 822-7215 today.

Looking at Chronic Disease in Sutter County

Unfortunately, Sutter County residents are not as healthy as we could be. More and more, we find ourselves dealing with chronic diseases, like diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease. This 18 minute video, Looking at Chronic Disease in Sutter County was developed to give viewers up-to-date information on the challenges we face in 2012. You will see not only that Sutter County is not doing as well as California as a whole, but also that there are many factors contributing to poor health. Please watch this presentation and ask yourself, what you can do to help Create a Healthier Sutter. Fact Sheets

The Sutter County Retail Environment: 2013 Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community Data

Convenience Store Selling Tobacco On March 5th, 2014 local county health departments released statewide, regional and county level data related to the availability and promotion of tobacco, alcohol, and food products in community stores. This is the first time all three have been surveyed and analyzed together in stores that sell tobacco.

The survey includes findings on:

  • Density of stores that sell tobacco located near schools;
  • Pricing and types of tobacco and alcohol products being sold;
  • Advertising and placement of tobacco, alcohol and food products in stores;
  • E-cigarettes
  • And availability of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods.

Click the link below to see detailed Sutter County survey findings and a short press release regarding this data.

Office Hours


Contact Information

Health Education & Promotion Coordinator: Ranjit Chima
Phone Number: (530) 822-7215

Health Program Specialist:
Multi-Unit Housing and Secondhand Smoke
Kara Gash
Phone Number: (530) 822-7215 ext. 276

Address: 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle
Yuba City, CA 95993