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Advocating for Smoke Free Multi-Housing Units

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Our Efforts in Port Hueneme

Youth from Port Hueneme and South Oxnard are continuing to promote awareness about the health impacts of the vaping epidemic that is affecting people across the country but especially youth of color. They are also working on an advocacy and awareness campaign in aim to create smoke-free multi-unit housing communities which means smoke-free outdoor spaces in apartment complexes with smoke-free outdoor spaces.
At the beginning of this year, Port Hueneme City Council voted to move forward with enacting a Tobacco Retail Licensing (TRL) Program, which added itself to the list of cities in the county to regulate the sale of tobacco products. The Port Hueneme City Council has demonstrated a step in the right direction with the TRL policy, but the students continue to work in their local community to bring change and continue pushing for a complete flavor ban in the City of Port Hueneme. They are also working on collecting petitions and educating the city council and the community on the health impacts of second-hand smoke.

Our Efforts in Carpinteria

The youth of Carpinteria continue to do anti-tobacco and vaping education and advocacy in the city. Given that our youth, as well as vulnerable populations, are the main targets of big tobacco companies. Last year, the city of Carpinteria enacted an emergency flavored tobacco/ electronic devices moratorium. Following this, the city has been very proactive in implementing the ban in their local stores. However, the youth still see a need for a permanent ban as well as the proper language to be addressed in the city’s TRL.
We are now moving forward in making sure that our city’s TRL includes the right language to encompass electronic smoking in all smoke-free areas in Carpinteria. In our efforts to keep our community involved, we are currently using our Instagram and Facebook to deliver educational and informative material. Some of the activities the students will be engaging in for the months to follow include an educational photovoice campaign, writing letters to the editor, giving public comment, facilitating presentations, as well as a community forum scheduled for the Spring of 2024.
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Tobacco Prevention Resources

California Health Collaborative

Download a Secondhand Smoke Fact Sheet and a Cancer Fact Sheet

UNDO California

In November 1988, California voters approved the Tobacco Tax and Health Protection Act through the passage of Proposition 99, which added a 25-cent tax to each pack of cigarettes. 

Tobacco-Free Kids

Tobacco-Free Kids is an advocacy organization that works to reduce tobacco consumption. Through policy advocacy campaigns they promote the adoption of proven solutions that are most effective at reducing tobacco use.

Get Help Quiting

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Kick It California

Kick Vaping was created with the help of Latino young adults for Latino young adults (18–25 years old) to assist them on their quit journey with e-cigarettes.

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Kick It California

Kick Vaping was created with the help of Latino young adults for Latino young adults (18–25 years old) to assist them on their quit journey with e-cigarettes.

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This Is Quitting App & Text

The app has activities to help you quit vaping or using other tobacco products. You can also speak with a counselor 24/7.

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This Is Quitting App & Text

The app has activities to help you quit vaping or using other tobacco products. You can also speak with a counselor 24/7.

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SmokefreeTXT for Teens

A resource for teens that offers advice, quit support, and motivation to remain nicotine and tobacco free.

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SmokefreeTXT for Teens

A resource for teens that offers advice, quit support, and motivation to remain nicotine and tobacco free.

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CDC

It’s never too late to quit smoking. Quitting smoking now improves your health and reduces your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related illnesses.

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CDC

It’s never too late to quit smoking. Quitting smoking now improves your health and reduces your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related illnesses.

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FLA Past Policy Wins

Smoke-Free Outdoors Ordinance (City of Port Hueneme, 2020)
Tobacco Retail License (City of Port Hueneme, 2020)

Additional Wins

Safe Zones, No ICE on Campus (SBUSD, 2016)
Sexual Education for All! (SBUSD, 2020)
Grading Modifications during the Pandemic (OUHSD 2020)
Mental Health Resources in Oxnard (OUHSD, 2021)
Redistricting Efforts for Local School Districts (Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, 2022)
A-G for All! (OUHSD, 2018)
Santa Maria Eviction Moratorium (City of Santa Maria, 2020)
Grading Modifications during the Pandemic (SMJUSD, 2021)
Grading Modifications during the Pandemic (SBUSD, 2021)
Alcohol Ordinance (County of Santa Barbara, 2021)

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