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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

Spanish Language Resources


New! On October 22, 2019 the Watsonville City Council passed a ban on the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol.  Watsonville joins the cities of Capitola and Santa Cruz, and the County Unincorporated Area in banning the sale of these addictive products. Watsonville also placed a temporary ban on the sale of electronic smoking devices and prohibited the sale of all tobacco products in pharmacies. Thank you to everyone who wrote letters, held signs, or spoke in support of these important public health ordinances!


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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