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Data and Reports

For Businesses

Samples of Tobacco-free Employee Policies
Source: Sonoma County Department of Health Services.

Insurance Coverage for Tobacco Cessation Treatment - California
Source: American Lung Association.

For Health Providers

Smoking Policies and Practices in Residential and Outpatient Treatment Facilities in Sonoma County - 2014
Source: Sonoma County Department of Health Services.

Samples of Tobacco-free Employee Policies
Source: Sonoma County Department of Health Services.

Smoke-Free Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities Assessment Protocol
Source: Sonoma County Department of Health Services.

Free Patient Education Materials from California Smokers' Helpline
Source: UC San Diego Health.

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence
Source: US Department of Health and Human Services.

Tobacco-Free Toolkit for Community Health Facilities
Source: Smoking Cessation Leadership Center.

Toolkit: Creating a Tobacco-Free Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Facility
Source: Georgia State University.

The Burden of Smoking in Sonoma County

  • Tobacco use is a leading cause of death in Sonoma County.
  • There are approximately 570 smoking-attributable deaths each year. These smoking-attributable deaths represent 15% of total annual deaths (2008-12 annual average).
  • The estimated adult smoking prevalence is 14% (2011-12 data).
  • An estimated 69% of eleventh graders reported that it was "fairly easy" or "very easy" for eleventh graders to get cigarettes if they really wanted them (2013-14 data).
  • An estimated 18% of adults have ever been diagnosed with asthma (2011-12 data).
  • The total estimated cost of smoking was $277.7 million in 2009. This estimate includes direct healthcare costs and indirect costs from lost productivity due to illness and premature deaths.

The adverse health effects of tobacco are immense and real in Sonoma County. Members of our youth are starting to smoke young, thus starting a lifelong habit that could lead to negative health consequences in the future. As shown below, the health impacts of tobacco-related illnesses negatively impact our community.

570 Total Number of Smoking Attributable Deaths, 2008-12 annual average
241 Number of Smoking Attributable Cancer Deaths
183 Number of Smoking Attributable Respiratory Deaths
146 Number of Smoking Attributable Cardiovascular Disease Deaths
14% Percentage of current adult smokers, 2011-12
14% Percentage of women with a live birth who smoked during the 1st or 3rd trimester, 2012
$277.7 million Estimated total cost of smoking (direct healthcare costs and indirect costs from lost productivity due to illness and premature death), 2009

Data sources: Smoking-attributable mortality, 2008-2012 annual average, Sonoma County Department of Health Services; California Healthy Kids Survey Sonoma County 2013-14 Main Report; California Health Interview Survey, 2011-12.; Maternal and Infant Health Assessment, 2012; Max W. Sung H-Y, Shi Y, Stark B. The Cost of Smoking in California, 2009. San Francisco, CA: Institute for Health & Again, University of California, San Francisco, 2014.

Contact Information

Tobacco/Nicotine Prevention

Public Health Division

Health Services Department

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Public Health Division

625 5th Street

Santa Rosa, CA 95404
38.441691, -122.713746

State, County, and Local Tobacco Regulations

Tobacco Retailer License

All tobacco retailers in the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County must obtain an annual license.

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