The Sutter County Tobacco Control Program applauds the Sutter County Human Services - Health Division for designating a Smoke, Tobacco, and Nicotine-Free Campus. The new policy, approved by the Board of Supervisors on January 26, 2016, will include Sutter County Human Services – Health Division, Peach Tree Clinic, and the adjacent Sutter County Elections Office building. Implementation of the new policy will begin on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2016.
The Smoke, Tobacco, and Nicotine-Free Campus policy declares that the use of tobacco, nicotine, electronic smoking devices or use of any product that mimics smoking be prohibited anywhere inside or outside the building including sidewalks, grounds surrounding the building and private vehicles on the Sutter County Human Services - Health Division campus. This policy applies to all staff, campus visitors, clients, vendors, contractors and volunteers. The policy designation promotes the health and well-being of all Sutter County employees and the community they serve by decreasing risk of secondhand smoke inhalation.
According to the California Department of Public Health, about 15% of Sutter County adults smoke. This means roughly 85% of Sutter County residents DO NOT smoke. In Sutter County, 1 in 5 deaths each year is attributed to smoking (Max et al., 2014). According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, secondhand smoke is a cause of numerous health issues in infants and children, including asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Some of the health conditions caused by secondhand smoke in adults include coronary heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer.
For more information on "Creating a Healthier Sutter" and adopting a voluntary policy for a Smoke, Tobacco, and Nicotine-Free Campus call Sutter County Public Health Tobacco Control staff at (530) 822-7215. Residents are encouraged to visit Sutter County Public Health from 11am to 1pm on April 22nd, 2016 to celebrate with us, learn more, and pick up a free tobacco cessation "quit kit."
This an Adobe Acrobat PDF file.You can download a free PDF reader from Adobe.