Are you concerned about new tobacco products
like electronic cigarettes?
Worried about tobacco companies targeting our children
with their deadly, addictive products?
The Santa Cruz County Tobacco Education Coalition (TEC) is a community group that advocates for a tobacco-free lifestyle and environment. The Coalition was formed in 1985 and is funded by Propositions 99 and 56 (sales taxes on cigarettes) and staffed by the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency. The Coalition is open to all community members and currently includes parents, youth advocates, environmentalists, health professionals, and others who want to live in a tobacco and smoke-free community. Together, we are working to:
Meet other people who are concerned about tobacco issues. Share information and resources. Make a difference in our community. Join the Coalition!
We meet every other month on Wednesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Call 454-4648 for more information.
New! On November 27, 2018 the City of Santa Cruz became the first jurisdiction in Santa Cruz County to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products. THANK YOU to everyone who spoke, wrote letters, held signs or otherwise supported this important public health legislation. Santa Cruz joins more than two dozen California jurisdictions who have placed restrictions on the sale of these addictive products. The ban will be enforced starting January 1, 2020, giving retailers time to liquidate their existing stock. Which jurisdiction will be next? Read the County Press Release
The Santa Cruz County Tobacco Education Coalition (TEC) is committed to promoting and advocating a tobacco-free lifestyle and environment at the local, state, and national levels. We empower our communities to effect individual and social change through education, advocacy, collaboration, and coordination of resources. The Coalition recognizes individual rights and cultural traditions, while encouraging community responsibility and involvement.
Contact Us for a Tobacco Presentation!
Our staff is available for free, bilingual presentations to community groups or youth organizations. Topics include emerging and flavored tobacco products, tobacco waste, refusal skills, healthy retailer efforts, and more! Please call if you’d like to arrange a presentation.
Report Smoking Violations
If you want to make a complaint about a smoking violation inside a building, call (831) 454-4319 or fill out this electronic form.
Trying to Quit?
You can do it! We can help. Call 454-4141 to request self-help materials and a list of smoking cessation classes in Santa Cruz County.
For free quit counseling over the phone, call the California Smoker’s Help Line at 1-800-NO-BUTTS (English) or 1-800-45-NO-FUME (Spanish).
Tobacco Retail Licenses (TRL)
Looking for information about how to obtain a Tobacco Retailer’s License? Click here.
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