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Tobacco Information and Cessation Resources

UPDATED August 2018

Beach Cities Health District identified the support of evidence-based tobacco control policies for all age categories as a health priority in 2016-19. 

Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body and increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and lung cancer. It is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, causing more than 480,000 deaths per year. An additional 41,000 deaths occur from secondhand smoke exposure.

Tobacco Use in the Beach Cities
The percentage of adults who smoke in the Beach Cities decreased by 36% since 2010 to 6.8%. This smoking rate is much lower than the rates of the South Bay (14.8%), Los Angeles County (13.3%) and the United States (18.2%).

Smoke-Free Policies in the Beach Cities
Through the Blue Zones Project, Beach Cities Health District partnered with Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach to strengthen smoke-free ordinances.

Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach enacted the most comprehensive ordinance, banning smoking in all public places, including multi-unit housing, and implemented a tobacco retail permit that aims to reduce the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors while banning the sale of flavored tobacco products. In 2016, The American Lung Association’s annual State of Tobacco Control Report awarded Manhattan Beach an “A” tobacco control grade – a dramatic improvement from the “D” grade it received in 2015.

Learn more about Manhattan Beach’s smoke-free policy, Breathe Free MB.

Hermosa Beach
Hermosa Beach enacted a comprehensive smoking ban in all public places.

Learn more about Hermosa Beach’s smoke-free policy, Healthy Air Hermosa.

Redondo Beach
Redondo Beach banned smoking in beaches and recreational areas.

Learn more about Redondo Beach’s smoking ban.

Need help quitting?
Smoking is an addiction, but there are many resources available to help you break the habit. 

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