Tobacco Prevention Program
Our mission is to reduce the impact of tobacco on Placer County residents by:
- Reducing exposure to second-hand smoke
- Countering pro-tobacco influences
- Reducing availability of tobacco products to minors
- Supporting the enforcement of tobacco laws and policies
- Educating Placer County residents regarding tobacco issues
- Building assets to mitigate the impact of tobacco on our community
If you have any questions or would like to join the Placer Tobacco Prevention Coalition, please Contact Us.
2014 - 2017 Objectives
Objective 1: Smoke-free Healthcare Facilties
Smoke-Free Healthcare Facilities
In 1993, the Joint Commission on Accreditation and Healthcare Organizations implemented tobacco control standards that mandated the banning of smoking in hospital buildings. Since then, more healthcare facilities are adopting voluntary 100% smoke-free campus policies as they recognize the value in projecting a healthy image to the community. Not only do smoke-free policies further endorse a healthcare facility's overarching health-promoting mission, but smoke-free healthcare facilities can also results the following:
- Aid in cessation efforts for hospital employees, patients, and visitors
- Lower maintenance and cleaning costs
- Increase worker productivity
Objective 2: Capacity Building
To engage local organizations and community members in tobacco prevention efforts, The Placer County Tobacco Prevention program has established a Placer County Tobacco Prevention Coalition. The goal of the coalition is to bring together a diverse group of prevention stakeholders and enable them to effectively engage in tobacco control measures and activities to reduce tobacco-related health inequities. As a group, the Coalition plans to utilize each contributor’s energy, leadership, and expertise in order to discuss current tobacco-related trends and collaborate on various tobacco prevention efforts.
Objective 3: Retail Licensing
Tobacco Retail Licensing
To further restrict where tobacco products can be sold, the Placer County Tobacco Prevention Program plans to collaborate with local jurisdictions and discuss the benefits of adopting a tobacco retail licensing policy. Under a local tobacco retailer licensing law, the city or county government requires all businesses that sell tobacco products to obtain a license from the government in exchange for the privilege of selling these products. Local governments may require licensed retailers to pay an annual fee, which can fund administration and enforcement activities such as store inspections and youth purchase compliance checks. Additionally, tobacco retailer licensing may also being used to promote other innovative policy solutions, such as controlling the location and density of tobacco retailers and imposing additional restrictions on the sale and promotion of tobacco products.