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Smoke-Free San Mateo County

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Help Quitting Tobacco

Congratulations on taking the first step to quitting smoking!

This might be the most important step you ever take to care for yourself. You can quit, and we can help.

See the bottom of this page for a list of programs that can support you as you work toward a smoke-free life.

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Tobacco Education Coalition
Advocating policy change to support a tobacco-free San Mateo County

In 1988, California voters passed Proposition 99, which imposed a 25-cent tax on every pack of cigarettes sold in the state. A portion of those funds are dedicated for tobacco prevention and education services in every California County. San Mateo County has a strong history of advancing campaigns that assist smokers to quit and protect the health and well-being of all non-smoking youth and adults.

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Ending Youth Access to Tobacco

For the last decade, the Tobacco Education Coalition (TEC) has mounted a tremendously successful effort to limit the number of illegal sales of tobacco products to youth under age 18.

Despite being underage, in the early 2000s, youth who attempted to purchase cigarettes in the community were able to do so more than 50% of the time.

Through the establishment of partnerships with youth, schools, parents, law enforcement, and retailers, the number of documented youth sales has dropped dramatically.

(650) 573-3777
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Cigarette Butt Litter Reduction Program

Volunteers picked up 29,145 cigarette butts in San Mateo County on Coastal Cleanup Day 2015.

When butts are littered onto streets and sidewalks, they are easily washed, blown, or flicked down storm drains that lead straight into local creeks, the Bay, and the Pacific Ocean without any treatment. In addition to being unsightly, cigarette butts never disappear because they are made of plastic and do not biodegrade. They are toxic to marine and freshwater fish.