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The Department of Health Services (DHS) strives to promote the health and wellbeing of all residents in Sonoma County. As outlined in the recent A Portrait of Sonoma County one key recommendation was to reduce smoking in the County. A decrease in smoking would help meet the County's Health Action goals to promote healthier habits for our youth and community.

Overall, DHS provides prevention services and coordinates tobacco control activities with our community partners and allies to create a healthier community. Specifically, DHS:

  • Plans, implements, and evaluates innovative public health policies including healthy retail certification and tobacco retail licensing
  • Staffs the Coalition for a Tobacco-free Sonoma County to promote community health education efforts
  • Provides resources for cessation programs
  • Gives technical assistance to local governments
  • Works to prevent minors from acquiring tobacco products
  • Educates businesses and providers on smoke-free policies
  • Trains youth leaders in our community to promote tobacco control activities
  • Collaborates with Tobacco-Use Prevention and Education (TUPE) schools to prevent youth tobacco/nicotine use

The Burden of Smoking in Sonoma County

In Sonoma County,

  • Tobacco use is a leading cause of death in Sonoma County.
  • There are approximately 570 smoking-attributable deaths each year. These smoking-attributable deaths represent 15% of total annual deaths (2008-12 annual average).
  • The estimated adult smoking prevalence is 14% (2011-12 data).
  • An estimated 69% of eleventh graders reported that it was "fairly easy" or "very easy" for eleventh graders to get cigarettes if they really wanted them (2013-14 data).
  • An estimated 18% of adults have ever been diagnosed with asthma (2011-12 data).
  • The total estimated cost of smoking was $277.7 million in 2009. This estimate includes direct healthcare costs and indirect costs from lost productivity due to illness and premature deaths.

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Related Links

American Lung Association

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Office on Smoking and Health

Smoking Prevalence Data

Tobacco Laws Affecting California (pdf)


If you'd like more information, please complete our online Ask the Tobacco Education Coordinator form or contact our office at (707) 565-6680.

The Department of Health Services responds to complaints and provides technical assistance to the community on a wide variety of tobacco control related issues including violations of worksite no-smoking laws and illegal sales of tobacco to minors.

For more information about tobacco control laws, or to report a tobacco related violation, contact us at (707) 565-6680.

What's New

Workshop Packet: Learn How to Comply with Santa Rosa's Smoke-free Multifamily Housing Ordinance (pdf) posted August 7, 2015
A free informational workshop for property owners and managers of multifamily housing in Santa Rosa.

Tobacco Retailer License (TRL) Ordinance Board of Supervisors' Agenda Item
The discussion of the TRL ordinance by the Board of Supervisors has been postponed from July 2015, and will not be heard by the Board until August or September, 2015. Please check the BOS website for updated information. posted July 20, 2015

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