Across the county, there have been increasing numbers of people getting dangerously ill with vaping related lung injury that is sometimes even leading to death. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and countless other health organizations are urging all people to stop vaping until it is clear which vaping products might be safe from this risk. If you are having trouble quitting, talk to a doctor or other healthcare provider to get medication that can help you break the nicotine habit.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and scientists nationwide are working hard to determine the exact vaping components that are making people sick. Until they figure that out you should not vape!
Plumas County Public Health Agency's Tobacco Use Reduction Program has a vision of a community where all individuals are healthy and free from problems related to tobacco. Our mission is to plan, coordinate, and provide a continuum of tobacco prevention services that are responsive to the needs of Plumas County's communities. We model our work on an "upstream" approach and use evidence-based research to guide our programs.
What are we working on?
Currently, TURP is working on educating the public about the tobacco industry's use of flavors to target vulnerable populations (e.g. children and adolescents). Our TURP team is also providing technical assistance to several agencies in Plumas County to develop tobacco-free policies and has recently had success helping implement smoke-free policies at Eastern Plumas Health Care and Central Plumas Recreation and Park District. Additionally, our TURP team strongly believes in the capability of our county's youth and is strengthening our youth as an asset to become future health equity leaders.