California Commercial Tobacco Control

The Public Health Law Center and the American Lung Association in California were awarded a 5-year contract by the California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) at the California Department of Public Health to support commercial tobacco control professionals and advocates in their work to end the commercial tobacco epidemic in California. The contract for the Law and Policy Coordinating Center began July 1, 2019. In order to better match the mission, our team is now referring to itself as the Law and Policy Partnership to End the Commercial Tobacco Epidemic.

Commercial tobacco use remains the number one cause of preventable death, disease, and disability in the United States. Direct health care costs attributed to commercial tobacco use in California alone are $13.29 billion annually. After decades of hard work, California has the second lowest statewide rate of smoking in the U.S., but there are still challenges. California has more smokers (3.2 million) than the entire population of Utah. Also, specific population groups are smoking at much higher rates, and as a result, are suffering disproportionately.

If you are working on California commercial tobacco control issues and need assistance, contact Andrew Twinamatsiko at


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General Plans & Tobacco Control in California (2021)

Explanation of how California cities and counties can integrate tobacco control in their general planning process, along with examples of several California-specific general plans with tobacco control language.

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IQOS is a "Modified Risk Tobacco Product" - So What? (2021)

Answers to frequently asked questions about IQOS (heated tobacco product) and the implications of its designation as a modified risk tobacco product.

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Tobacco-Free Faith-Based Organization Model Policy (2021)

A model policy for California faith-based communities interested in creating tobacco-free spaces by prohibiting smoking and tobacco use on their premises or grounds.

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Firebaugh's Smoke-free Multi-Unit Housing Law: A Case Study (2021)

This case study examines the successful adoption and implementation of Firebaugh's 2019 smoke-free multi-unit housing ordinance.

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Encontrar Soluciones Al Humo de Segunda Mano: Una Guía Para Inquilinos (2021)

Esta guía para inquilinos en el estado de California presenta opciones a considerar si son expuestos al humo de segunda mano en sus hogares.

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Smoke-free and Tobacco-free Outdoor Areas: Model Ordinance (2021)

This model ordinance was prepared for California cities and counties interested in creating smoke-free or tobacco-free outdoor areas in their jurisdictions.

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Navigating the Takings Clause While Ending the Tobacco Epidemic (2020)

Policy brief explaining why a law prohibiting the sale of commercial tobacco products would not violate the 5th Amendment's Takings Clause.

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Tracking Tobacco Laws: A California Digest (2020)

The definitive digest of major tobacco-related laws and regulations that affect the State of California, including overviews of, and hyperlinks to, federal laws, state statutes, and regulations, and other legal restrictions on the tobacco industry. The digest is current as of 2020.

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California's Flavored Tobacco Ban (SB793) (2020)

This fact sheet shares details on how California became the second state in the United States to pass a broad law prohibiting the sale of most flavored tobacco products.

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Tenant Guide to Addressing Secondhand Smoke (2020)

This guide describes options for California tenants to consider if they are exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke in their homes.


Keeping Hookah Tobacco in Flavored Sales Restrictions: Why It's Important for Health Equity (2020)

This fact sheet describes the growing popularity of hookah use among young people and the importance of including hookah in flavored tobacco sales restrictions.

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Hookah, COVID-19, & Policy Options (2020)

This fact sheet describes hookah-related health risks in light of COVID-19 and a few policy options California jurisdictions could take to reduce these risks.

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Tobacco Product Waste: Frequently Asked Questions (2020)

This resource answers frequently asked questions about tobacco product waste, describes related regulatory issues, and presents policy options that California jurisdictions might consider to address this growing problem.

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California Smoke-free Multiunit Housing Model Ordinance (2020)

This model ordinance was prepared for California cities and counties interested in creating smoke-free multiunit residences by prohibiting smoking on the premises.

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California Comprehensive Tobacco Retailer Licensing Ordinance (2020)

This Comprehensive Tobacco Retailer Licensing Ordinance was prepared to assist California cities and counties interested in establishing or strengthening a local tobacco retailer licensing (“TRL”) program and further regulating the tobacco retail environment.

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City of Davis's Smoke-Free Outdoor Ordinance (2020)

This case study examines the city of Davis’s implementation of a smoke-free outdoor ordinance.

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Kern County's Tobacco Retailer Licensing Program (2020)

This case study examines Kern County’s tobacco retailer licensing program and how its enforcement efforts throughout the county have been successful by using one enforcing agency.

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E-Cigarette Regulation - California (2020)

This page is part of a 50-state survey (plus Washington, D.C.) of current state statutes pertaining to e-cigarette regulations in the following areas: definition of “tobacco product,” taxation, product packaging, youth access/other retail restrictions, licensure, and smoke-free air legislation.