The Pasadena Public Health Department was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a three-year outreach campaign to reduce ethnic and racial tobacco health-related disparities in Northwest Pasadena.
Pasadena is one of only 49 cities nationwide to be awarded the competitive Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant to prevent and control chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and cancer, which are the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S., according to the CDC.
The funds will be used for the City’s outreach campaign to counter tobacco-related marketing efforts targeting low-income minority communities where African-American and Latino adults have a disproportionately high rate of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Outreach efforts include increasing awareness about the dangers of tobacco through public service announcements, community presentations and other events and marketing efforts through the end of September 2017.
Since 1999, the CDC REACH program has funded efforts to reduce tobacco use and exposure, improve nutrition, increase physical activity and improve access to chronic disease prevention risk reduction and management opportunities. Click here for more info on the Pasadena REACH Project.
On July 11, 2011, Pasadena City Council unanimously approved amendments to the City's Tobacco Use Prevention Ordinance to prohibit smoking in apartments and condominiums to protect residents from drifting tobacco smoke. Pasadena Municipal Code (PMC) Section 8.78.085 became effective on August 13, 2011, with provisions that take effect on certain dates. For more detailed information, please review the following documents:
The City of Pasadena Public Health Department’s Tobacco Control Program’s mission is to protect and preserve the health and well-being of the Pasadena Community from the harmful effects of tobacco and tobacco smoke, especially among youth. The program works through prevention education and encouragement of public policy. The Pasadena Tobacco Control Program works to change tobacco norms and policies throughout the city of Pasadena through the following activities:
If you have seen a smoking violation, an illegal tobacco sale to a minor, or someone purchasing tobacco products for minors, please call our program office at (626)744-6014.