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


Featured resources are below. Other relevant resources in right sidebar (desktop/tablet), or end of page (mobile).

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Tracking Tobacco Laws: A California Digest (2021)

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 June 2021.


A Dearth of Data: E-Cigarettes & Heated Tobacco Products (2021)

Overview of the tobacco industry’s history of using harm reduction in its marketing tactics, including its promotion of e-cigarette and heated tobacco products.

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Regulating Cannabis Smoking in Multi-Unit Housing (2021)

Answers to common questions that California property owners and tenants have about smoking cannabis in multi-unit housing, including the possible health risks of cannabis smoke, the "right" to smoke cannabis, and the benefits to implementing a smoke-free housing policy that includes cannabis.

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Santa Maria's Tobacco Retailer Licensing Program: A Case Study (2021)

Case study describing how the City of Santa Maria addressed the youth vaping epidemic by adopting a comprehensive tobacco retail license ordinance, which restricts the sale of flavored commercial tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

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Smoke-free Tribal Housing Policies in California (2021)

Guide for Tribal communities in California working on policies to restrict the smoking of commercial tobacco products in Tribal housing.

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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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Viviendas Multifamiliares Sin Humo en Firebaugh: Un Caso Práctico (2021) (Spanish translation of Firebaugh case study)

Este caso práctico se enfoca en el éxito que ha tenido la ciudad de Firebaugh al aprobar una ley municipal en 2019 que prohíbe fumar en las viviendas multifamiliares.

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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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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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E-Cigarette Regulation - California (2021)

This page is part of a 50-state survey (plus Washington, D.C. and U.S. territories) of current 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.