Tobacco Control Program
The Tobacco Control Program provides community education, prevention services, and technical assistance to government agencies, community-based organizations, law enforcement, businesses, and residents of San Luis Obispo County. Our goal is working to keep tobacco out of the hands of youth, helping tobacco users quit, and ensuring that all community members can live, work, play, and learn in tobacco-free environments.
Get Involved in Local Efforts
Join the SLO County Tobacco Control Coalition (TCC) to get involved in local efforts to prevent tobacco use. Sign up for their monthly newsletter to stay up to date on local, state, and federal tobacco issues.
Learn how smoke-free outdoor air and smoke-free housing help protect community members from the harms of secondhand smoke.
Tobacco Retailer Education
Learn about the current Tobacco Retailer policies and how to stay in compliance.
Get support quitting tobacco to protect your health and reduce your risk of preventable diseases.
Tobacco Use in SLO County
Despite years of decline in tobacco use throughout the County, tobacco use continues to negatively impact many of our residents. In fact, the County as a whole, has a higher rate of tobacco use than the rest of the state (California Health Interview Survey). However, large differences in tobacco use persist by race/ethnicity and among population groups by socioeconomic status, educational attainment, occupation, mental health status, sexual orientation, and geography. These high-risk groups suffer disproportionately from tobacco-related illnesses. For current adult and youth tobacco use rates in SLO County, visit SLO Health Counts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please contact our office at (805) 781- 5540 or fill out the tip-line form, with any conerns about illegal or suspicious tobacco sales.
Please visit San Luis Obispo County Waste Management Authority to learn how to safely dispose of e-cigarettes or vape products. Please note the best option is to not vape at all.
Vapes are NOT a risk-free product. They contain nicotine and various levels of toxins and chemicals. Vaping is especially dangerous for teens, whose brains are still developing.
Landlords may prohibit smoking in the units they manage, however, this varies across our County. Morro Bay is the only city in our County that has banned smoking in all apartments and condominiums. For more information on resources for multi-unit housing, please visit our Supporting Smoke-Free Environments page.
The Tobacco Control Program
Phone: (805) 781- 5540
Email: [email protected]
The Tobacco Control Program is located in the Annex building of the Health Agency:
2180 Johnson Ave, Annex
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401