Thinking about stopping smoking? Tobacco-Free Humboldt can help.
In 1988, California voters passed , a tax on tobacco that established a comprehensive statewide tobacco education, prevention, and cessation program.
Proposition 99 designated public health departments as local lead agencies for tobacco control. As a result, Public Health established the Tobacco Education Program (TEP) in 1990. In 2004, the program formally became the Tobacco-Free Humboldt Program.
Tobacco-Free Humboldt's responsibilities include:
- Convening a local coalition that includes interested citizens, organizations with tobacco control expertise, and representatives of high-risk populations
- Developing a local three-year plan and budget
- Establishing a data collection system
- Providing technical assistance to tobacco control service providers; providing or contracting for tobacco control activities.
The activities in the 2014-2017 scope of work include but are not limited to the following:
- Reduce Exposure to Secondhand Tobacco Smoke. The U.S. Surgeon General has declared that secondhand smoke is toxic and cancer-causing. Tobacco-Free Humboldt will continue to work in all jurisdictions to create smoke-free public places. We will focus on protecting people where they live by providing assistance to multi-unit housing property owners who want to make the transition to 100-percent smoke-free living.
- Reduce the Availability of Tobacco. Local surveys have shown that there are more tobacco and alcohol retailers per-person in Eureka compared to the rest of the state. Tobacco-Free Humboldt is working with community partners to improve the health of the retail environment by participating in the Eureka General Plan Update and showing the community that improved quality and quantity of healthy choices in the retail environment can improve community health in general.
- Promote Tobacco Cessation. This objective is designed to normalize the quit attempt by developing and promoting a wide variety of locally available quit resources, specifically for low-income individuals and families and people enrolled in alcohol and other drug treatment programs that suffer from tobacco addiction at a higher rate than the general population. Tobacco-Free Humboldt will provide education through paid media, and promote technical assistance and training to healthcare providers and organizations that deliver evidence-based cessation services.
- Increase Youth Engagement in Local Tobacco Control. Young people are often targets of tobacco marketing and are vulnerable to community influences that encourage tobacco use, especially electronic cigarettes and other tobacco alternatives that contain addictive nicotine. Youth are also strong advocates and tomorrow’s leaders. Tobacco-Free Humboldt will continue to offer opportunities for young people in our local middle and high schools to learn about tobacco and to engage with their community to prevent and reduce tobacco-related harms.
Other agencies in the community with tobacco control funding and/or tobacco use prevention as a part of their agency's mission are:
- Public schools
- United Indian Health Services
- Northern California Indian Development Council
- The American Cancer Society
- Other counties throughout California's network of tobacco-control programs.
Volunteers are needed to work on the Tobacco Education Network Community Coalition (TEN), which meets monthly, and for other tobacco control activities. Call 707-268-2132 for details.