The Butte County Tobacco Education Program is dedicated to improving the health of residents by implementing measures aimed at reducing secondhand smoke as well as secondhand vapor exposure derived from the use of electronic nicotine delivery devices (ENDD) in public, enclosed spaces. We are committed to reducing chronic disease and premature death attributable to tobacco product use through motivating changes in the retail environment. Lastly, we resolve to build advocacy for addressing the social determinants of health, which disproportionately affect the health of priority populations and increase the human and economic burden of chronic disease.
Current Objectives Include:
- At least one jurisdiction in Butte County in addition to Oroville will adopt a new policy that eliminates electronic nicotine delivery device use in enclosed places where smoking is otherwise prohibited.
- At least one jurisdiction in Butte County will adopt and implement a tobacco retail licensing policy that earmarks a portion of the license fee for enforcement activities.
- At least four collaborative partnerships will be forged with a health, business, and/or cultural organization or coalition to address social determinants of health (including tobacco addiction), build capacity, and strengthen local advocacy in Butte County by engaging in activities that aim to collaboratively address tobacco control and health inequity issues.
Tobacco use is the number one underlying cause of preventable death, disability and disease in Butte County, California, and the United States. The Butte County Public Health Department coordinates with other organizations working on tobacco use reduction including schools, health organizations, employers and parents.
Online Tobacco Education Resources:
New research and information becomes available frequently.
American Cancer Society
American Lung Association in California
Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights
California Department of Public Health Tobacco Control Program
California Smokers’ Helpline
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Tobacco News and Information
Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health, and there are many resources available to help you. The California Smokers’ Helpline provides FREE telephone counseling and self-help materials to help with quitting.
There are cessation resources throughout Butte County that include stop-smoking classes and self-help materials.
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)
The most commonly used types are nicotine patches, gum, and lozenges. With these products, nicotine is released into the bloodstream slowly in order to help reduce physical withdrawal symptoms. There are prescription medications that can help as well. Ask your health provider about medications to help you quit tobacco for good.
Using electronic cigarettes to quit smoking is NOT recommended. The long term health effects of e‐cigarettes use are not known; however, ingredients in the e‐liquids have been found to contain harmful chemicals, including at least 10 chemicals that are on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, and reproductive harm. Another concern is that using e‐cigarettes as a cessation device may discourage complete cessation and encourage long‐term dual use of both e‐cigarettes and traditional cigarettes.