Tobacco use is the number one underlying cause of preventable death, disability and disease in Butte County, California, and the United States.
The overall goal of the tobacco education program is to prevent premature deaths, disabilities and diseases associated with tobacco use, including cancer, heart disease, emphysema, asthma and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. This goal can be achieved by an overall reduction in tobacco use.
The Butte County Public Health Department coordinates with other organizations working on tobacco use reduction including schools, health organizations, employers and parents. Funding for the program is from the Proposition 99 Tobacco Tax through a contract with the California Department of Health Services Tobacco Control Program.