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The Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency staffs the Santa Cruz County Tobacco Education Coalition, 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 grandparents, ex-smokers, and people who have lost a loved one to smoking.

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.

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 every fourth Wednesday from 9 am to 11 am Call  454-4141 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 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 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 smoking and tobacco. Is there some way I can help?
    Join the Santa Cruz County Tobacco Education Coalition. Call Andrea at 454-4304.

  • 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 and leave your name, phone number, name of business and what you observed.

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