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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.

Need a Clean Break from Smoking? Rideout Health Can Help.

Rideout Smoking Cessation Schedule

Ready to stop smoking or chewing? Adventist Health and Rideout 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 Adventist Health and Rideout Cardio 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 2019-2020 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.

SASC currently meets at River Valley 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, in room 903. If you are interested in participating in SASC but do not attend River Valley High School contact Tammy Andersen at [email protected] for more information.

Join Us in Making a Difference in Sutter County! Healthy & Safe Neighborhoods Coalition

Healthy and 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

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Creating Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing

Multi-Unit Housing InfographicGoing Smokefree Matters

There is no safe amount of secondhand smoke exposure. The home is the main place many child and adults breathe in secondhand smoke.

About 80 million (1 in 4) people in the US live in multiunit housing such as apartments. Each year, an estimated 28 million multiunit housing residents are exposed to secondhand smoke in their home or apartment that come from somewhere else in their building, like a nearby apartment.

A community member contacted me regarding the secondhand smoke in her apartment. This individual spoke to her manager and was informed that people have the right to smoke and refused to take action that would protect the tenant’s health and the health of her children from the secondhand smoke exposure.

The “right to smoke” is not a constitutional right. The Public Health Law & Policy technical assistance legal center produced a legal memo to explain why the right to smoke has no legal basis. You can read the memo here:

Every person living in multiunit housing deserves to breathe smokefree air. If you’re sharing a building, you’re sharing the air. Go to to find additional resources about your options for protecting yourself and your family from drifting secondhand smoke.

Contact Sutter County Tobacco Control Program at (530) 822-7215 for more information and for assistance with smoke free 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]

Alarming New Trend

Kids Vaping

The FDA recently released their findings on youth e-cigarette use from the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey. The findings show alarming increases in e-cigarette use by middle and high school students in 2018. The findings include increases in:

  • Use of e-cigarettes by both groups
  • Frequency of use
  • Flavored e-cigarette use
  • Overall tobacco use

You can read the full report here: Use of Electronic Cigarettes and Any Tobacco Product Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011–2018

The CDC and the FDA analyzed the data from the report to assess reasons youth use e-cigarettes. The most commonly selected reasons for use were:

  • Use by “friend or family member” (30.9%)
  • Availability of “flavors such as mint, candy, fruit, or chocolate” (31.0%)
  • The belief that “they are less harmful than other forms of tobacco such as cigarettes” (17.1%)

You can read the full report here: Reasons for Electronic Cigarette Use among Middle and High School Students—National Youth Tobacco Survey, United States, 2016

The FDA has announced plans to implement certain restrictions on e-cigarettes sales, and while this is good news our cities and county should continue taking steps to protect youth and vulnerable populations from flavored tobacco. It can take years before federal decisions surrounding tobacco take effect.

We cannot wait. We need to take action now. It is critically important that local decision-makers go above and beyond the proposed FDA regulations and not wait for the state or federal government to act.

For information on how you can get involved contact Tammy Andersen, Sutter County Tobacco Control Program at [email protected] or call (530) 822-7215.

Youth Access Tobacco Facts

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

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,

Did Sutter County Make the Grade? American Lung Association State of Tobacco Report 2018



The State of Tobacco Control 2019 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. According to the American Lung Associations 2019 “State of Tobacco Control” report states and the federal government have failed to take meaningful action in putting in place policies to prevent and reduces tobacco use, the nation’s leading cause of preventable death and disease. In addition, youth use of e-cigarettes has reached epidemic levels – rising 78 percent from 2017 to 2019 – setting the stage for another generation of Americans addicted to tobacco products and ultimately more tobacco-caused death and disease. In conjunction with the national report, the State of Tobacco Control 2019 - 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.

Although the state of tobacco control grade for Yuba City and Live Oak is still failing we did see an improvement in the Sutter County Unincorporated jurisdiction grade from an F to a D. This was accomplished by the Sutter County Board of Supervisors taking bold action to protect individuals from secondhand smoke. They enacted the smoke and tobacco free campuses policy in May of 2018 and updated the Prohibition of Smoking in Unenclosed Places ordinance.

The Tobacco Control Program and the Public Health Department are pleased to see the positive changes taken by the Board of Supervisors to protect the community from secondhand smoke, however there is still work to be done. Our communities can implement strategies to improve its health and raise its grade. Some strategies are:

  • 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

Tobacco Grade
Report Card

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

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: 2019 Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community Data

Healthy Stores

The Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community campaign is a statewide collaboration spearheaded by the California Tobacco Control including partner collaboration with California Department of Public Health partners including the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch, Chronic Disease Control Branch, Alcohol Prevention Program and Communicable Disease- Sexually Transmitted Disease Branch.

Convenience Store Selling Tobacco

The goal is to improve the health of Californians through changes in the retail environment and to educate people how in-store product marketing influences consumption of unhealthy products.

The data collected will include:

  • 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.

How do you see the stores in your community? Please share your thoughts and join us by taking the Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community Survey! Click on the survey link below.

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: Tammy Andersen
Phone Number: (530) 822-7215 ext. 229

Address: 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle
Yuba City, CA 95993