Sutter County Tobacco Control 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.
Are you ready to quit smoking? Visit California Smoker's Helpline www.nobutts.org 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.
Need a Clean Break from Smoking? Rideout Health Can Help.
Ready to stop smoking or chewing? Rideout Health offers a free community health education class to help you develop a plan that works. Classes are held every Wednesday evening from 4:00pm – 5:00pm at the Rideout Health Cardia Rehabilitation Center 401 I Street Marysville. Call (530) 741-3840 for information and to register.
Join Us! Student Advocates for Sutter County
Interested in making positive changes in your community? Want to build your college resume? Join the 2018-2019 Student Advocates for Sutter County (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. You'll also be able to attend advocacy learning events and meet other youth both local and from across the state.
Chapters meet at River Valley High School and Live Oak High School. If you are interested in joining the SASC Youth Coalition, then come join us at one of our meetings. The River Valley chapter meets every other Tuesday at lunch, the room is to be determined. Our Live Oak chapter will be starting soon and information on meeting days and times will be coming soon. Contact Jessica Cadriel at [email protected] for more information.
Join Us in Making a Difference in Sutter County! Healthy & Safe Neighborhoods Coalition
- Our Mission: Creating a healthy and safe community by reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors.
- Our 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 a group of community members, including youth, from local, cross-sector agencies. We are made up of representatives from government, retail, public safety, and nonprofits and address health, behavioral health, safety, and education issues in our community.
- If you are interested in learning more about our current efforts or in joining the Healthy & Safe Neighborhoods Coalition, please email us at [email protected].
- Heathy & Safe Neighborhoods Coalition Flyer
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 to protect residents, visitors and staff against secondhand smoke and reduce smoke-related maintenance and fire insurance costs. For more information and technical assistance call 530-822-7215 ext 276 or email Brian Cowan at [email protected]
Protecting Our Youth from a Life Time of Addiction
It's time to change the narrative on kids and tobacco products. Instead of "If kids want it, they are going to find a way to get it" let's focus on what our community can do to limit youth access to and the appeal of tobacco products.
Prohibiting the sale of all flavored tobacco products is a critical step to preventing another generation of young people from living a lifetime of addiction. We know that 80% of youth who ever used tobacco started with a flavored tobacco product and the majority of youth report flavoring as a leading reason for using tobacco products. Prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products in our community protects our youth from the lure of enticing flavors.
Imposing a minimum price and pack size makes tobacco especially cheap cigars, less affordable and accessible for youth. The Surgeon General has recommended a minimum pack size of at least $10.00 per tobacco product. In Sutter County 91% of all tobacco retailers sell candy flavored tobacco products for less than $1.00. Kids might not have $10.00 in their pocket for a pack of traditional cigarettes but most have a dollar or two for a cheap flavored cigar.
To learn more about flavored tobacco products and protecting our youth from nicotine addiction? Contact Sutter County Tobacco Control Program for presentations and educational materials. Call (530) 822-7215 or email Tammy Andersen [email protected]
Are you ready to take action and protect our youth from nicotine addiction? Send a letter of concern to your local mayor. Find a letter template here https://www.flavorshookkids.org/#do-something
Flavors Hook Kids Campaign
California's new advertising campaign, "Flavors Hook Kids," tackles the problem of youth becoming hooked on nicotine. Parents and concerned adults are warned about the increasing availability of tobacco products with enticing flavors, and new e-cigarette devices called "pod mods." The devices are disguised to look like flash drives and other objects making them easy to conceal at home or school. To learn more visit, flavorshookkids.org
Did Sutter County Make the Grade? American Lung Association State of Tobacco Report 2018
TOBACCO REPORT FINDS SUTTER COUNTY FAILING IN EFFORTS TO REDUCE TOBACCO-CAUSED DEATH AND DISEASE.
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 2017 - 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
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.
Peach Tree Health Clinic in Yuba City became a smoke and tobacco free clinic effective January 1, 2018. Peach Tree is dedicated to "Creating a Healthier Sutter" and ensuring that all of its clients, visitors and staff can "Breathe Easy". Congratulations Peach Tree Health!
Sutter County Board of Supervisors implemented a Smoke and Tobacco Free Facilities and Campuses policy on May 31, 2018. All Sutter County facilities, campuses and recreational areas that are owned, leased or operated by Sutter County are now smoke and tobacco free, this includes libraries, museum, boat ramps, and government buildings and campuses. Sutter County is dedicated to "Creating a Healthier Sutter" and ensuring that all of its clients, employees and visitors can "Breathe Easy". Thank you Sutter County for your unanimous decision!
The Regional Housing Authority (RHA) implemented the smoke free Housing and Urban Development (HUD) ruling effective July 1, 2018 at three sites, Richland Housing Development, Date Street Senior Village and River City Manor. The RHA went above and beyond the HUD ruling and includes e-cigarettes in their smokefree policy. Well enforced, comprehensive policies like RHA's new smokefree policy promotes health equity and clean air for all by addressing tobacco-related disparities in populations that disproportionately bear the burden of the tobacco epidemic. Thank you RHA 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
- Video: Looking at Chronic Disease in Sutter County
For a copy of this video email Ranjit Chima.
The Sutter County Retail Environment: 2016 Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community Data
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;
- 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.
|Health Education & Promotion Coordinator:||Ranjit Chima|
|Health Program Specialist:||Tammy Andersen|
(530) 822-7215 ext. 229
1445 Veterans Memorial Circle
Yuba City, CA 95993