Maria Del Carmen Gonzalez-Lara, Program Director
Community Action’s Napa Tobacco Education and Quit Smoking Program has an important mission to educate the public about tobacco issues. We strive to reduce community secondhand smoke exposure with emphasis on public areas that include parks. One of our major goals is to encourage smoke-free, healthy environments that support community wellness. Our Quit Smoking Program is cost free and available to all Napa County residents.
Important Tobacco Facts You Should Know:
- Smoking is the most preventable cause of disease and death in the US and in WORLD HISTORY 16% of Napa adults smoke (12% = State average) 6.5% of Napa youth smoke (4.8% = State average)
- Nearly 1/3 of ALL cancer deaths are directly linked to smoking
- Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals including hundreds that are toxic and about 70 that cause cancer.
- More people die of tobacco related illnesses than deaths from homicides, auto accidents, alcohol and drug related illnesses COMBINED
- The California Disease Control and the California Tobacco Control do not recognize e-cigarettes as a quit smoking method. On the contrary, current research is resulting in directly related health consequences.
- E-cigarettes have many names including but not limited to electronic smoking devices, e-cigs, e-hookahs, hookah pens, vapes, vape pens, vape pipes, mods, or tank systems.
- E-cigarettes are battery operated devices that heat up a liquid that usually contains nicotine into an aerosol, not just water vapor. The aerosol emissions are a concoction of chemicals toxic to human cells which travel through the circulatory system to the brain and all organs.
- In addition to nicotine, e-cigarettes can contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients including: ultrafine particles that can be inhale deep into the lungs; flavorings such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease “Popcorn Lung;” volatile organic compounds and heavy metals such as nickel, tin, and lead.
- Mainstream and secondhand e-cigarette aerosol has been found to contain at least ten chemicals that are on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
- There is no scientific evidence that e-cigarettes help smokers successfully quit traditional cigarettes.
- E-cigarette users are not more likely to quit than regular smokers, with one study finding 89% of e-cigarette users still using them one year later. Another study found that e-cigarette users are a third less likely to quit cigarettes
There is absolutely NO safe exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Secondhand smoke (SHS) is smoke from burning of tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars, or pipes that has been exhaled, or breathed out, by the person smoking.
- SHS can stay in the air for several hours and travel up to 20 feet.
- It causes numerous health problems in infants and children, including more frequent and severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- Some of the health conditions caused by SHS in adults include coronary heart disease, stroke and lung cancer
- Third-hand smoke refers to the toxic particles that are present on a smoker’s clothing or on furniture or carpets. Smokers who hug their children or partner after smoking can expose them to third-hand smoke.
- Thirds hand smoke (THS) is tobacco smoke residue that remains in indoor environments, reacts with air to make additional pollutants, and re-emits from surfaces back into the air.
- Some of the chemicals in THS are different from those found in fresh smoke because it changes over time, becoming progressively more toxic.
- All tobacco products, including but not limited to cigarettes, hookah, electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco have been shown to leave nicotine and/or tobacco smoke residue in indoor environments.
- THS sticks to skin, hair and clothing and can be transferred into environments where smoking is not allowed.
We Quit Together
Quit Smoking Program:
Our Quit Smoking Program is licensed by the National American Lung Association (ALA) and all class facilitators are ALA certified to teach the Freedom From Smoking curriculum, which is the Gold Standard of quitting services. Freedom from Smoking is a structured, evidence based step by step approach to quitting by using a variety of techniques. Participants quit together and work toward quitting after several sessions. Studies show that graduates are six times more likely to stay smoke free than those who quit on their own. We offer instructions on Nicotine Replacement Therapy and help non-insured. Classes are cost free. The benefits of quitting are immediate. Within 8 hours the blood oxygen level can increase to normal. Within 24 hours the chance of a heart attack greatly decreases. Call us at 253-6100 ext. 120 for a class schedule.
Want us to call you? Send an email to Maria Carmen Gonzalez-Lara at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Health and Wellness – Secondhand Smoke Reduction:
The Tobacco Education Program is worked with each jurisdiction in Napa County to eliminate smoking in public parks and recreation areas through policy adoption. The following jurisdictions have smoke free park & recreation area policies: The City of Napa, the City of St. Helena and Napa County Regional Open Space Park District, the cities of American Canyon, Calistoga and St. Helena also prohibit the use of e-cigarettes, vapes, e-hookahs, JUUL and any other device used to smoke/vape.Program Director: Maria Carmen Gonzalez-Lara 707-253-6100 ext. 120 email@example.com