Tobacco Education Program


​​Smoking is the #1 cause of preventable deaths in the United States. Over 480,000 people in the United States die each year from tobacco-related illnesses – that is more deaths than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides COMBINED!  Source:

Under the Sacramento County Health Education Unit, the Tobacco Education Program works to: 

  • Protect the public from secondhand smoke
  • Reduce youth access to tobacco products
  • Develop and distribute educational resources on tobacco
  • Provide training and technical assistance to local organizations working on tobacco control
  • Decrease the number of tobacco users including those who chew, smoke, and vape
  • Educate retailers on local, state, and federal tobacco laws and healthy retail strategies

Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Current Projects

Current projects that protect our community from the dangers of tobacco use:

  • Working with local youth and young adults to make Sacramento County tobacco-free
  • Educating community members on reducing secondhand smoke exposure
  • Increasing the number of businesses, organizations, and jurisdictions with comprehensive smoke-free policies
  • Increasing the number of jurisdictions in Sacramento County requiring Conditional Use Permits to sell tobacco near schools and other youth-sensitive zones
  • Assisting current tobacco users in quitting tobacco use
  • Provide technical assistance to retailers to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal laws and implement healthy changes in the retail environment
  • Maintaining an active Tobacco Control Coalition to support tobacco control efforts in Sacramento County

There have been many recent changes to both state and federal laws affecting tobacco products.  Find out more about those changes in the Resources section below. 

To Qualify

The Tobacco Education Program serves all individuals and communities in Sacramento County.


Not Applicable

Contact Information

9616 Micron Ave, Suite 670
(916) 875-5869