Colusa County Tobacco Prevention Coalition
The Tobacco Prevention Coalition aims to improve the health of Colusa County residents through education and promotion of a tobacco-free lifestyle.
The Coalition meets quarterly and all members of the community are welcome to join. Current members include individuals with a special interest in tobacco control as well as representatives of community based organizations and agencies such as:
- Colusa County Department of Health and Human Services
- First 5
- Colusa County Office of Education
- Colusa Unified School District
- Educate the community about the health effects of smoking, secondhand smoke and smokeless tobacco.
- Prevent the sale of tobacco to youth.
- Increase the number of smoke-free public places, worksites, schools and multi-unit housing complexes.
- Provide cessation resources such as the California Smoker's Helpline.
Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community Data Collection
The Healthy Stores for a healthy Community campaign is a statewide collaboration between tobacco, nutrition and alcohol prevention partners. The goal is to improve the health of Californians through changes in the retail environment and to educate the community about in-store marketing and how it influences the consumption of unhealhty products.
As part of the campaign efforts, coalition members and youth volunteers conducted surveys in 33 Colusa County tobacco retail outlets (over 7,000 were surveyed statewide) to look at what tobacco, alcohol and food products were being sold and how they are promoted. Key points frot the data collected locally include:
- The percent of stores that have unhealthy exterior advertising is 10 times greater than the percent of stores with healthy exterior advertising.
- E-cigarettes are available in 33% of tobacco retailers.
- 3/4 of stores sell candy, mint and liquor flavored tobacco products and are near schools.
- Low or non-fat milk is available in 27% of stores while alcohol is available in 78%.
- A good selection of good quality fresh fruits and vegetables are available in nearly half of stores.
For a more detailed list of data from Colusa County click here
The Williams City Council voted on December 18, 2013 to prohibit smoking of tobacco products in all city parks. The Colusa City Council adopted a similiar policy in October 2013 which also bans smoking in parks. In order to assess the amount of smoking and tobacco litter before and after the policies were adopted, Tobacco Education Staff and student volunteers conducted several park clean-ups and oberservational surveys. During the 2011 baseline clean-up, over 1,000 total pieces of litter were collected from three of the most highly utilized parks in the county. As of April 2014, litter counts totaled only 543 pieces which includes a 57% decrease in litter at the 9th Street Park in Williams.
For more information or to become a part of the coalition, please contact the Tobacco Education Program.
Colusa County Health and Human Services
Tobacco Education Program
251 E. Webster St. Colusa
Download and Print Documents
Minutes of Previous Meetings