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California Tobacco Control Program Priorities 

The goal of the California Tobacco Control Program is to change the social norms surrounding tobacco use by “indirectly influencing current and potential future tobacco users by creating a social milieu and legal climate in which tobacco becomes less desirable, less acceptable, and less accessible.”  To change tobacco-related social norms, the California Tobacco Control Program funds a statewide media campaign and state and community interventions which focus on policy, system, and environmental change in four priority areas:


  1. Limit Tobacco Promoting Influences.  Efforts in this area seek to curb advertising and marketing tactics used to promote tobacco products and their use, counter the glamorization of tobacco use through entertainment and social media venues, expose tobacco industry practices, and hold tobacco companies accountable for the impact of their products on people and the environment.

  2. Reduce Exposure to Secondhand Smoke, Tobacco Smoke Residue, Tobacco Waste, and Other Tobacco Products.  Efforts in this area address the impact of tobacco use on people, other living organisms, and the physical environment resulting from exposure to: secondhand smoke, tobacco smoke residue, tobacco waste, and other non-combustible tobacco products.

  3. Reduce the Availability of Tobacco.  Efforts in this area address the sale, distribution, sampling, or furnishing of tobacco products and other nicotine containing products that are not specifically approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for nicotine or tobacco dependence. 

  4. Promote Tobacco Cessation.  Efforts in this area include the provision of free cessation assistance in six languages and for the hearing impaired through the California Smokers’ Helpline and efforts to improve awareness, access, and availability of cessation support offered by the health care system, health care plans, and employers.


Last modified on: 10/16/2012 12:16 PM