Sutter County Tobacco Control Program
Tobacco Free Healthcare... It Just Makes Sense!
Ampla Health is the latest health organization in Yuba-Sutter to establish a 100% smoke-free
campus. They join Sutter Health and Fremont-Rideout in setting the standard for a clean air
environment for employees and visitors to their facilities. "Ampla Health is committed to
enhancing the health and well-being of the people in the six-county communities it serves, by
promoting quality health care and the prevention of disease," said CEO Benjamin
Flores. The new policy, which took effect February 14, 2013, states: "To establish and
maintain a safe environment, all Ampla Health property, parking lots, rented facilities and
operated vehicles will be a tobacco/smoke free environment that is safe from fire hazard and
exposure to second-hand smoke for patients, employees, visitors, volunteers, and students."
A team of staffers, led by Director of Clinical Services Cindy Snelgrove, met regularly for
several months to plan for the transition. The team included both smokers and non-smokers,
and was supported with technical assistance from Sutter County Tobacco Control Program staff.
"It is difficult to argue against such a policy with an entity that provides medical
care. After all, we all know smoking is harmful to our health," continued Flores. So
far, "compliance with the Tobacco/Smoke Free Environment has been very good," he added.
Several staffers applauded the change. "I am totally for it," says
one. "It's going to help a lot of people." "Not just us," added
another," but also the patients, like all the babies that come in. When there was
smoking, as you came out [of the facility], you were breathing it in." The U.S.
Surgeon General has declared that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.
Around the nation, more and more healthcare facilities are adopting voluntary 100% smoke-free
campus policies, reinforcing their steadfast mission to promote and protect health. Smoke-free
healthcare facilities aid in community, employee, and patient cessation efforts; lower facilities
maintenance costs; and increase worker productivity.
Tobacco: More Work to be Done
Despite many achievements in tobacco control and prevention, a recent article in the Scoop
Newsletter discusses new challenges tobacco control faces in continuing to keep youth
tobacco free both statewide and in Sutter County.
Scoop Volume 2
Press Release: State Health Officer’s Report on Tobacco Use and Promotion in California
YUBA CITY – California Department of Public Health released the state’s first “State
Health Officer’s Report of Tobacco Use and Promotion” which showed new data related to
cigarette consumption declines and the millions of dollars and lives saved. Since voters passed
the 25 cent tax on cigarette sales in 1988, several milestones have been made in tobacco
control; most notable is the 50% decline in adult smoking rates. The California Tobacco Control
Program’s efforts in tobacco control have resulted in over one million lives saved and $86 billion
dollars in health care costs have been averted Lung cancer rates have declined nearly 4 times
faster in California than the rest of the nation.
Local Findings Related to Tobacco and Youth
A recent article published in the fall 2012 issue of Me & Mine Magazine discusses
local findings related to tobacco and youth. The article entitled Tobacco and Teens
illustrates the findings from data collected locally through teen focus groups, community
surveys and key stakeholder interviews and local tobacco stings. The address of the article can be found below.
For more information about these findings contact Ericka Lansdon
The mission of the Sutter County Tobacco Control Program is to improve the health
of all Sutter County residents by reducing illness and premature death attributable
to the use of tobacco products.
Sutter County Tobacco Control is a program of chronic disease and health disparities
that works to increase awareness of the health risks of tobacco use. Sutter County Tobacco
Control also works to counter pro-tobacco influences, reduce tobacco sales to youth under
18, refer smokers to cessation programs and assist communities to reduce exposure to
Sutter County Tobacco Control Program offers free quit-kits and educational materials to
the community. The Tobacco Control staff conduct
presentations in the community, participates in community events, provide merchant
education trainings and in-store visits, and provides technical assistance to local
business that wish to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke through policy implementation.
The Tobacco Control Program fosters and involves a community coalition, the Substance
Abuse Steering Coalition (SASC), to engage in grassroots community mobilization activities
that promote social norm changes and educate the public about health issues related to
tobacco use and tobacco industry strategies that promote tobacco use.
Looking at Chronic Disease in Sutter County
Unfortunately, Sutter County residents are not as healthy as we could be. More and more,
we find ourselves dealing with chronic diseases, like diabetes, high blood pressure or
heart disease. This 18 minute video, Looking at Chronic Disease in Sutter County
developed to give viewers up-to-date information on the challenges we face in 2012. You
will see not only that Sutter County is not doing as well as California as a whole, but
also that there are many factors contributing to poor health. Please watch this presentation
and ask yourself, what you can do to help Create a Healthier Sutter
|Health Education & Promotion Coordinator:
(530) 822-7215 ext. 240
|Health Program Specialist:
(530) 822-7215 ext. 247
|Health Program Specialist:
(530) 822-7215 ext. 262
1445 Veterans Memorial Circle
Yuba City, CA 95993
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