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As of March 1, 2015 all Contra Costa County-owned and leased properties will be 100% Smoke-free.

What the Law Means

Smoking, including the use of cigarettes, cigars, water pipes, pipes, hookah, marijuana (including medical marijuana) and electronic smoking devices like e-cigarettes and vapor pens, is not permitted in all indoor and outdoor areas, including parking lots, courtyards and break areas, of every building and property owned or solely leased by the County and in County vehicles. See the complete list of properties included under this ordinance or call 925-313-6214.

Why Is Contra Costa County Going Smoke-free?

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors adopted this law June 3, 2014 to improve the health and safety of people visiting and working at county facilities. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and the U.S. Surgeon General has stated that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Given this data and our role as service providers for thousands of people in the county, the Board of Supervisors adopted this law to create a smoke-free environment for employees and visitors.

How the Law Will Be Enforced

This law is designed to be enforced through signage and education, however, Sheriff's deputies may issue citations. See our guidance about what to say to someone you see smoking on County property.

- Frequently Asked Questions

What resources are available to help me stop smoking, using other tobacco products and/or electronic smoking devices?

This policy is an important health and safety initiative. If you would like support quitting tobacco and/or electronic smoking devices, call 888-877-4202 or go to cchealth.org/tobacco/time-to-quit-smoking.php for a list of local resources to help you quit. In addition, the State of California has a free "Quit Smoking" hotline that offers ongoing one-on-one counseling and cessation materials in several languages.

English speakers 1 -800- NO- BUTTS (1-800-662-8887)
Spanish speakers 1-800-45-NO-FUME (1-800-456-6386)
Mandarin and Cantonese 1-800-838-8917
Vietnamese 1-800-778-8440
Korean 1-800-556-5564
TDD/TYY 1-800-933-4TDD (1-800-933-4833)

You may contact the Tobacco Prevention Project to report complaints and/or possible violations of County, City or State of California laws regarding tobacco products or secondhand smoke by calling 888-877-4202 or email tobaccopreventionproject@hsd.cccounty.us.