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Tobacco Control and Prevention Program


Tobacco Control and Prevention Program

Contact Information
Tonya Gorham Gallow, MSW
Program Director

Ronette Anderson

Main Office
Phone: 213-351-7890
FAX: 213-351-2710
3530 Wilshire Blvd. 8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010-2313
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Smoking Complaints
Please call 213-351-7890.

NOTE: TCPP can only address smoking violations in Los Angeles County. If the violation occurred outside of Los Angeles County you can browse our links page or contact your local health department for more information.

Quit Smoking in 2013!
You can do it! We can help. Quitting smoking can be hard, but the good news is that LA County residents can get free nicotine patches to help them quit! Call the California Smokers' Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887) and request a free four-week supply of nicotine patches. LA County residents who are 18+ years old with a LA County mailing address are eligible. Health insurance and U.S. citizenship are not required.

The California Smokers' Helpline will mail a four-week supply of nicotine patches to the address provided. The free give-way will last as long as the supply is available. Get more information and smoking cessation tips online:

A list of tobacco cessation and education resources located in Los Angeles County can be found here

Free Online CME Course
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Tobacco Control and Prevention Program is pleased to announce a free online Continuing Medical Education (CME) course offered through The University of California San Diego School of Medicine. This accredited course, titled Tobacco Cessation and Behavioral Health, focuses on the persistent problem of tobacco dependence among persons with mental health and/or addictive disorders.

As a group, persons with mental health and/or addictive disorders make up nearly half (200,000) of all tobacco-related deaths in the United States each year, and continue to face a traditionally lack of tobacco cessation treatment by behavioral health providers. Despite common misconceptions, research shows that smokers with co-occurring psychiatric and/or addictive disorders want to quit, are able to quit, and that quitting does not threaten their recovery.

This course provides behavioral health and primary care providers with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to assess and treat their patients with tobacco dependence and co-occurring psychiatric and/or addictive disorders. In addition to learning how to successfully help their patients quit smoking and ultimately make a difference in reducing the disproportionate tobacco-use dependence among persons with co-occurring and/or addictive disorders, participants can also earn AMA/AAPA/APA/BBS/BRN/NAADAC credits towards their continuing medical education. Mental health and substance use disorder providers and counselors are encouraged to register for this great opportunity!

To register for the course click here

Living Well: Strategies for Tobacco Free Recovery Summit

On March 4-6, 2012, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health convened the Living Well: Strategies for Tobacco Free Recovery Summit. The Summit brought together more than 160 Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grantees, national, state, and local partners to learn about the latest research, data, and programs that address tobacco prevention, use, and treatment among behavioral health (mental health and substance use disorders) populations. In addition, participants explored the interconnections between chronic disease and behavioral health, as well as best practices for integrating tobacco cessation services into mental health and alcohol and drug treatment programs.

Power point presentations for all sessions are available here.
City of Los Angeles Smoke-Free Outdoor Dining Ordinance

Starting March 8, 2011 in the City of Los Angeles smoking will be prohibited in outdoor dining areas of restaurants, cafes and food courts and within 10 feet of them. Smoking will also be prohibited within 40 feet of food kiosks, food carts and mobile food trucks. To read a letter from the LA City Attorney's office informing business owners and managers about the law click here.

Coalition for a Tobacco Free LA County

The mission of the Coalition for a Tobacco Free LA County is to empower and mobilize communities to reduce tobacco-related death and disease throughout the County. The goals of the Coalition are to advocate for progressive tobacco control issues, policies, and actions within Los Angeles County; to mobilize the talents and resources of individuals, groups, and agencies to create a critical mass for promoting tobacco control efforts and strategies; to demonstrate widespread public support for tobacco control issues and actions, and address unmet needs; to collaborate with, advise and support the Tobacco Control and Prevention Program and to assist on high priority issues/projects; and to act as a spokesgroup regarding tobacco control issues within the community.

All residents and organizations within Los Angeles County and its surrounding areas that share the Coalition's mission and goals are invited to attend and contribute.

Questions? click here.

Los Angeles County Tobacco Retail License

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted the Tobacco Retail License ordinance on December 18, 2007 to encourage responsible tobacco retailing and to discourage violations of federal, state and local tobacco-related laws, especially those that prohibit the sale or distribution of tobacco products to minors in the unincorporated areas of the County. The license fee will fund education, enforcement and administration of the County's tobacco retail license program.

Pursuant to Title 11 (Health and Safety) of the Los Angeles County Code Chapter 11.35 (Tobacco Retailing), any person intending to act as a tobacco retailer in the unincorporated areas of the County shall, effective April 16, 2008, pay a fee to obtain a tobacco retail license for each location at which tobacco retailing is to occur.

Do I need to obtain a license and other frequently asked questions? Click here for a FAQ

Additional information? Call the Tobacco Retail License hotline at 213-351-7323

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