Tobacco Prevention and Cessation
Tobacco prevention and cession services are designed to impact countywide smoking prevalence by decreasing illegal tobacco sales to minors by conducting countywide undercover decoy operations, providing merchant education, issuing citations to violating retailers and convening a countywide Tobacco Access Enforcement Task Force as well as increasing countywide smoking cessation services, with a special emphasis on underserved populations, and increasing the capacity of the health, behavioral health and social service agencies to identify, intervene and/or refer tobacco users in Marin County.
The Marin County Tobacco Related Disease Control Program
The Office serves as an administrative agency responsible for allocating state and local dollars to deliver tobacco education program services to Marin County residents. The Office contracts for these services with local community-based agencies and provides contract management and monitoring to insure delivery of quality services to the residents of Marin County. The Office also writes plans and coordinates local tobacco control services, collaborating closely with law enforcement, the County Office of Education, the Smoke Free Marin Coalition and other community groups. The Office is also responsible for providing educational enforcement and technical assistance on local, state and federal tobacco control ordinances and laws.
Marin County Smoking Cessation Programs & Resources
Bay Area Community Resources:
Provides quit smoking workshops, referrals and tobacco education services throughout Marin County. Consultation, training and technical assistance is available to agencies and staff who would like to assist their clients with quitting smoking. Other services include: cessation counseling for pregnant and parenting smokers, second hand smoke education, and a school-based intervention program. Most of these services are offered free of charge. Please call (415) 444-5580 ext. 399 for more information.
American Cancer Society:
Fresh Start Classes (a series of 6 class). Call (415) 454-8464 (#3) for class schedule and information. Cost: $25.00. Free brochures and smoker's quit kits available upon request.
New series starts every 6 weeks at Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael. Call (415) 444-2433 to register or call the Health Education Department at (415) 444-2173 for more information. Cost of the 9 sessions is $45.00 for Kaiser members and $90.00 for non-members. The class meets twice a week for the first three weeks and once a week for the remaining weeks. At the second session a pharmacist discusses nicotine replacement therapy.
St. Helena Hospital
HEALTH CENTER: This is a comprehensive 7 day, live-in program that includes, medical screening, lectures, counseling, regular light exercise and a wholesome vegetarian diet. Offered every 6 weeks, this program may be partially reimbursed by some health plans. Also offered are massage therapists, nutritionists and stress reduction techniques. Located in Napa County. Call 1-800-358-9195.
This on-going support group meets every Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church in San Rafael. (355 Los Ranchitos Road in Terra Linda across from Guide Dogs for the Blind). For more information call (415) 479-4541.
California Smoker's Helpline:
Telephone counseling is provided to all California residents free of charge. Thousands of Californians have quit smoking using this effective phone counseling program. Leave your phone number and someone will call you back to schedule your free sessions. Specific programs for teen smokers and chewing tobacco users are also available.
- 1-800-NO- BUTTS (English) & Teen line
- 1-800-844-CHEW (for chewing tobacco)
- 1-800-45-NO FUME (Spanish)
- 1-800-400-0866 Chinese)
- 1-800-554-5564 (Korean)
- 1-800-778-8440 (Vietnamese)
- 1-800-933-4-TDD (Deaf/Hearing Impaired)
Some individuals have found help through individualized programs such as:
While we are unable to provide specific referrals, we suggest you consult with your Healthcare provider for possible referrals and/or telephone directory.
- Nutritional Therapy
- Addiction Counseling
- Self Help (Marin County Libraries/local bookstores)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ'S)
WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP QUIT SMOKING?
For free information and tools to help you or a friend quit smoking, please call Tobacco Education Services of Marin at 415-444-5580x399. Free telephone counseling is also available through the California Smokers Helpline at 1-800-NO BUTTS.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
Contact the Smoke-Free Marin Coalition to get involved in working to make Marin a smoke-free healthy environment and join the grass roots efforts to make legislation. Smoke-Free Marin Coalition c/o 25 Bellam Blvd, Suite 150, San Rafael, CA 94901 415.454.8464x3 www.smokefreemarin.com
Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) is currently recruiting young people (under 18 years of age) to join the Marin Youth Tobacco Education Coalition. For additional information, please call YLI at 415-455-1676 or visit www.yli.org.
For information about joining the Smoke-Free Marin Coalition, please call the Tobacco Related Disease Control Program at 415-499-3020.
HOW DO I MAKE A TOBACCO-RELATED COMPLAINT?
To report smoking in a workplace, including bars and restaurants, or smoking near building entrances, please call the Marin County Tobacco Related Disease Control Program at 415-499-3020.
To report illegal tobacco sales to minors, please call 1-800-5-ASK-4-ID and the local police department.
Publications and Information
California Clean Indoor Air Lessons Guide by Elizabeth Emerson
20 Years of Tobacco Control in California
This report details the strategies, challenges and successes of California Tobacco Control Program(CTCP). CTCP is an international public health model that has saved lives and transformed society by reducing adult smoking prevalence by 35%, from 22.7% in 1988 to 13.8% in 2007. In addition to discussing the successful work of the past 20 years the report also states that much work still lies ahead, new challenges with 4 million of California residents still smoking.
Master Plan for 2009-2011
This report is from the Governors appointed Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee(TEROC) and highlights the "Master Plan" for 2009-2011 as we move toward a tobacco-free California. The Master Plan reports the accomplishments and challenges in tobacco control and provides program and budget recommendations for the future.