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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit for smoke tips and for air quality in your area

Tobacco Prevention Coalition

What is the Tobacco Prevention Coalition?

The TPC is the longest running tobacco prevention coalition in the state. It began in 1984 as the Smoking Education Coalition, a collaborative effort between the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS). In 1989, following the passage of Proposition 99, the effort was renamed the Tobacco Prevention Coalition. Today, the coalition includes more than 20 community organizations and is staffed by CCHS' Tobacco Prevention Program. Since the coalition formed, the adult smoking rate in Contra Costa County has dropped 60%.

What does the Coalition do?

The Coalition:

  • Works to reduce youth access to tobacco;
  • Looks for ways to reduce pro-tobacco advertising;
  • Encourages policymakers to pass laws protecting residents from the effects of tobacco; and
  • Follows the cutting-edge research on tobacco prevention to help design effective programs.

Why do we need the Coalition?

  • Smoking kills 440,000 Americans and 6,569 Contra Costans each year, more than alcohol, crack cocaine, heroin, homicide, suicide, car accidents, fires, and AIDS combined.
  • More children under the age of five die each year from second-hand smoke exposure than from poisoning, falls, choking, fire, drowning, car accidents, and other injuries combined.
  • Tobacco costs Contra Costa County an estimated $228.1 million a year in healthcare expenses.
  • The tobacco industry spends $1.2 billion a year in California to market and promote its products -- mostly to youth.
  • Over 35% of stores in Contra Costa's unincorporated areas sold tobacco illegally to minors in 2002.

Take Back Your Community From The Tobacco Industry, Join The Contra Costa Tobacco Prevention Coalition!

Contact Us

Tobacco Prevention Coalition
597 Center Ave., Suite 125
Martinez, CA 94553
phone 925-313-6214
fax 925-313-6864

If you are concerned about tobacco influences in your community including drifting smoke in outdoor areas, Multi-unit housing and workplaces or tobacco sales to minors, call 888-877-4202 or email