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Tobacco Education Coalition

 

The Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency staffs the Santa Cruz County Tobacco Education Coalition (TEC), an advocacy group that promotes a tobacco-free lifestyle and environment. The Coalition was formed in 1985 and is currently funded by Proposition 99, the sales tax on cigarettes. The Coalition consists of community organizations as well as concerned residents, ex-smokers, and people who have lost a loved one to smoking.

Meeting Schedule - Frequently Asked Questions
New Member Handbook - Web Links

NEW Tobacco 21 Law

2014-17 Program Objectives - Coalition Fact Sheet



 
           

Tobacco Retail Licensing Information

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Surgeon General's 2016 Report on E-Cigarettes

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City of Santa Cruz Smoking Ordinance
Smoke-Free Car Law

 

 

Coalition accomplishments include:

  • Maintaining compliance with smoke-free workplace laws
  • Working with local law enforcement to create smoke-free jail facilities
  • Advocating for smoke-free beaches and parks in Santa Cruz and Capitola
  • Educating community agencies about adopting tobacco-free donation/sponsorship policies
  • Encouraging apartment residents and managers to create smoke-free living areas
  • Collaborating with local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) agencies to create smoke-free event policies
  • Supporting local leaders to adopt policies that reduce the public's exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke.

Want to make our community tobacco-free? Join the Coalition!

  • Meet other people who care about tobacco and share ideas about how to tackle the problem
  • Advocate for tobacco-free policies
  • Work to keep kids tobacco-free

When the Coalition Meets

The Coalition meets 4 times per year on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Call  454-5412 for meeting locations.

Contact Information

  • If you have any questions about the Coalition, call 454-4141.
  • If you want to make a complaint about a smoking violation inside a building, call 454-4319 or print and fill out this form and fax to (831) 454-5048 or mail it to:
    Tobacco Education Program
    P.O. Box 962, Santa Cruz, CA 95061 
  • If you have any questions about tobacco or smoking in general, call 454-4141.
  • If you want to file a complaint about smoking in a bar see Frequently Asked Questions below.
  • If you want to visit our Facebook page, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I want to quit smoking. Are there any classes or help?
    Call 454-4141 to request self-help materials and a list of classes in Santa Cruz County. Also, the California's Help-line offers free smoking cessation counseling over the phone:
    • English: 1-800-NO-BUTTS
    • Spanish: 1-800-45-NO-FUME
  • I want to report a business that allows smoking. Who do I call to complain?
    Smoking is not allowed inside public places, workplaces, restaurants, and bars. Call 454-4319 and leave a message to report a violation.
  • I care about limiting the public's exposure to smoking and tobacco. Is there some way I can help?
    Join the Santa Cruz County Tobacco Education Coalition. Call Tara at 454-5412.
  • I was in a bar and noticed people were smoking, where can I report this?
    We would appreciate it if you reported any of the following activities happening in a bar or work environment that has employees working within the environment: patron(s) or employee(s) smoking, ashtrays or matches made available to non-employees, cigarette machines located on premises, "No Smoking" signs not posted at each entrance, or drinks served to non-employees who are smoking. 

    Print and fill out this form and fax to 454-5048 or mail it to:

    Tobacco Education Program
    P.O. Box 962, Santa Cruz, CA 95061 
    or call (831) 454-4319 (Please leave your name, phone number, name of business and what you observed.)
 

Web Sites About Tobacco:

 

Contact Info

Tobacco Education Coalition
(831) 454-4141

If you want to make a complaint about a smoking violation inside a building, call (831) 454-4319 or print and fill out this form and
fax to 454-5048 or fill out this form and email it.

Tobacco Education Program
P.O. Box 962
Santa Cruz, CA 95061