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Trying to Quit? We Can Help!

Find the method that is right for you, from group classes to text message programs.

Quit Smoking Classes in Santa Cruz County

  • Free Quit Smoking Support Group
    (all ages)
    7 p.m. Tuesdays
    1024 Cayuga Street, Santa Cruz
    (831) 458-1273
  • Free Nicotine Anonymous
    (all ages)

    6 p.m. Fridays
    Louden Nelson Community Center
    301 Center Street, Santa Cruz
    (831) 458-2087
  • Freedom from Smoking Class

    8-week smoking cessation class with a supportive group atmosphere, run by
    Dominican Hospital respiratory therapists
    Dominican Rehab Lifestyle Education Room, 610 Frederick St, Santa Cruz
    (831) 457-7099
    $85, No fee for Medi-Cal recipients.

One-on-One Quit Counseling Over the Phone

  • California Smokers’ Helpline:1-800-No-Butts or 1-844-8-No-Vape
  • For more free options, visit the Alexa Stop Vaping Coach

Text Message Programs

  • This is Quitting: Text “Ditch Juul” to 88709
  • CA Smokers’ Helpline: Text “Quit Vaping” to 66819
  • American Cancer Society’s Smokefree TXT for Teens: Text “Quit” to 47848
  • Adults seeking to support young people: Text “Quit” to 202-899-7550

Live Chats

Other Quit Resources

Thriving Youth and Community (TYC) is a vaping and cannabis prevention program for Santa Cruz City Schools middle and high school age students. It includes three service pathways depending on need: prevention, intervention, and cessation. More informaiton here. This is a FREE program and all services are confidential. 

Spanish Language Resources


Santa Cruz and Watsonville Pass Tobacco Waste Resolutions!

In 2021, both the Santa Cruz and Watsonville City Councils passed a Resolution Recognizing Tobacco Waste as a Public Health and Environmental Threat. The Councils resolved to "advance policy approaches to reduce or eliminate this toxic waste in our community."  

Thank you to council members for their leadership!


TEC Mission Statement

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.



Report Smoking Violations
(831) 454-4319

If you want to make a complaint about a smoking violation inside a building, call (831) 454-4319 or fill out this electronic form.

Tobacco Retail Licenses (TRL)
Looking for information about how to obtain a Tobacco Retailer’s License? Click here.


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