San Bernardino County Tobacco Control Program
Who We Are
In the American Lung Association State of Tobacco Control (SOTC) 2021 National Report, only 3 out of 22 cities in San Bernardino County, California, have a passing grade on policies for smokefree outdoor environments, smokefree housing, and reducing sales of tobacco products.
Tobacco impacts all of our lives. To learn more about how it affects our communities and what you can do, click below:
ALL SECONDHAND SMOKE IS HARMFUL
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NICOTINE: TASTES LIKE CANDY, WORKS LIKE POISON
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Who We Are
The San Bernardino County Tobacco Control Program (SBCTCP) serves in the capacity of the Local Lead Agency for tobacco prevention and control efforts in San Bernardino County. With funding support from the California Department of Public Health – Tobacco Control Program, SBCTCP is administered by the California Health Collaborative to implement a comprehensive tobacco control plan designed to mitigate the impacts of tobacco in the county.
What We Do
Through community collaborations, youth engagement and the implementation of policy campaigns, SBCTCP aims to:
- Advance efforts by incorporated cities in San Bernardino County to adopt a policy that requires retailers to obtain a tobacco retail license (TRL) that regulates the sale and distribution of tobacco products, including flavored and electronic smoking devices (ESD);
- Establish a Youth Advisory Board that facilitates the engagement of youth in the program’s tobacco control efforts;
- Mobilize community members and youth advocates to promote the adoption of tobacco-free policies in outdoor non-recreational areas of incorporated communities in the county; and
- Maintain a diverse community coalition that supports and guides the tobacco control efforts in the county.
Youth Advisory Coalition
The San Bernardino County Tobacco Control Program (SBCTCP) Youth Advisory Coalition was established to ensure students have an opportunity to take the lead and create meaningful change in their communities in tobacco control efforts. Youth Advisory Coalition members will be provided with fun, innovative training on tobacco prevention, leadership skills, public speaking, data collection, policy/advocacy work, working with elected officials and social norm change. Using these skills, advisory board members will be assisted in planning and organizing their own tobacco control efforts in their respective communities on the issues of tobacco-free outdoor recreation areas and healthcare facilities and/or zoning and density of tobacco retailers.
Coalition Member’s responsibilities include:
- Attend meetings twice a month and events
- Participate in trainings
- Attend 80% of meetings
- At least once a year present with staff or peers to local community organizations, city council members, city staff, or state legislators on coalition efforts
- Attend and volunteer at 1 community event/project
Incentives to Participate
By participating, youth will receive:
- Leadership training
- Understanding of local politics
- Incentives during meetings including promotional gear and snacks
- Opportunity to attend a Youth Leadership Summit
- Letters of recommendation for university applications, employment and other programs
- Opportunity to fulfill volunteer / community service hours