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New Public EducationCampaign Targets Deadly Outbreak of Vaping-Related Illness

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has launched a new advertising campaign called Outbreak which targets young adults and parents. The ads address the outbreak of vaping related lung illnesses and the growing teen vaping epidemic.


Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: October 23, 2019

CDPH Encourages Consumers to Participate in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
-The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that consumers who have prescription drugs that are no longer needed or are expired can safely dispose of them on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Saturday, October 26

CDPH alienta a los consumidores a participar en el día de devolución de medicamentos recetados




Youth Tobacco Purchase Survey 2016: October 21, 2016


Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors Increase in California

- California’s rate of illegal tobacco sales to minors is up by one-third since last year, according to the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Youth Tobacco Purchase Survey 2016 (PDF).


Tobacco 21 News Briefing: June 9, 2016


New California Tobacco Laws Go Into Effect (PDF)

- The minimum age of sale for tobacco products in California increases from 18 to 21, and for the first time e-cigarettes are added to the existing definition of tobacco products.


Images and Graphs for Media (PDF, 2MB)

Media Teleconference with Dr. Karen Smith (Audio mp3)





Youth Tobacco Purchase Survey 2015: Oct.16, 2015


CA Survey Sees Lower Rate of Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors- According to the 2015 Youth Tobacco Purchase Survey (PDF) illegal tobacco sales to minors at retail outlets occurred at a rate of 7.6 percent, compared to last year’s rate of 9 percent.


Wake UpCampaign Advertising Launch: March 20, 2015

California Debuts Ads to Counter E-cigarettes (PDF)

 -The California Department of Public Health premiered a series of television, digital, and outdoor ads in a new campaign called Wake Up, as part of its educational effort to inform the public about the dangers of e-cigarettes.


Wake UpCampaign to Counter E-cigarettes: Select Digital and Print Ads (PDF) -Sample ads from the award-winning Wake Up campaign


The Kids Aren't Alright –

What Could Go Wrong –


E-cigarette News Briefing: Jan. 28, 2015

State Health Officer Issues Health Advisory and New E-Cigarette Report -California State Health Officer advises Californians to avoid the use of e-cigarettes and keep them away from children of all ages.


Media Teleconference with Dr. Ron Chapman - (Audio, Mp3)



Health Advisory (PDF)

-This health advisory seeks to inform health care professionals of the public health risks posed by the marketing, sale and use of ecigarette especially to children and young people.


State Health Officer's Report on E-Cigarettes (PDF) -Downloadable full report in PDF


Percent of Stores Selling E-Cigarettes in California (PDF)  - State map of stores selling e-cigarettes by county


Chemicals Found in E-Cigarette Aerosol (PDF)

- E-cigarette aerosol contains at least 10 chemicals found on California’s Prop 65 list. (Image)


E-Cigarette Poisonings, 2010-2014 (PDF)

 -Chart of total poisonings and five years of age and younger

El oficial de salud del estado emite comunicado de salud y nuevo informe acerca de los cigarrillos electrónicos -En Espanol


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