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County-wide survey finds students susceptible to future tobacco use

New research shows that over 43% of students in Sutter County believe it would be easy to obtain e-cigarettes. These findings are part of new research released today on student use of, knowledge of, and attitudes toward tobacco products, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and, marijuana.

Over 2,000 students from middle and high schools in Sutter County were surveyed as part of a public health campaign to address the current youth e-cigarette epidemic. Today, health advocates from Yuba, Sutter and Colusa counties are holding a press event to release the results of this scientific survey, which is one of the most extensive tobacco-focused surveys conducted with students in Sutter County to this date.

The survey found the following for Sutter County:

  • Among Sutter County students who had never used tobacco, over one-third were susceptible to future use.
  • Nearly 20% of students had been offered a tobacco product in the last 30 days.
  • In Sutter County, almost 30% of middle and high school students have tried a tobacco product.
  • Two in five students had been exposed to vapor from an e-cigarette or smoke from a traditional cigarette in a room or car within the last 30 days.
  • 30% of students were exposed to pro-tobacco ads.
  • Four out of five students who had visited a convenience store in the last 30 days were exposed to flavored tobacco ads.

The rising popularity of e-cigarettes among youth in Sutter County continues to be a matter of concern. Current e-cigarette use among middle and high school students in Sutter County is 6.6%, which accounts for the majority of all youth tobacco use (9.3%). While youth use of traditional cigarettes has decreased, the majority of youth that currently use do so because of their access and addiction to e-cigarettes.

Did Sutter County Make the Grade? American Lung Association State of Tobacco Report 2019



The State of Tobacco Control report released January 2020 by the American Lung Association says California remains one of the top states in the U.S., in terms of curbing tobacco use. Unfortunately, Sutter County is not one of the top performing counties in California. Overall Sutter County received a failing grade.

The grading system awards points in four areas: smokefree outdoor air, smokefree housing, reducing sales of tobacco products and a “bonus points” section for emerging issues (such as restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products).

The American Lung Association calls for the following actions to be taken by elected officials to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke:

  1. Prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol;
  2. Expand protection from secondhand smoke exposure in locations including multi-unit housing; and outdoor dining; and
  3. Pass policies to further reduce access to tobacco products.

These policies recommended by the American Lung Association will improve the health of our community and ensure that tobacco is kept out of the hands of children.

State of Tobacco Control 2020

The Sutter County Retail Environment: 2014 Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community

Health Stores Health Community

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.

Youth Looking at Candy

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.

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

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