Tobacco Control Program

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. 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

Tobacco includes products such as: cigarettes, cigars, little cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, snuff and any electronic device that delivers nicotine or other vaporized liquids to the person inhaling from the device, including, but not limited to, an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette, vape), cigar, pipe, or hookah. E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product by youth. According to the 2022 National Youth Tobacco Survey, over 14% of high school students and over 3% of middle school students were using e-cigarettes.

Tobacco Control Program Priorities

Reduce Exposure to Secondhand Smoke by Supporting Smoke-Free Environments
Reduce Youth Access to Tobacco
Promote Quitting Tobacco

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. For more information, visit the TCC website.

Resources for Schools

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Resources for the Community

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