Beach Cities Health District has identified the support of evidence-based tobacco control policies for all age categories as a health priority in 2016-19.
Smoking is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year. Cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ in the body and increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and lung cancer.
Among adults who become daily smokers, approximately 90 percent report first use of cigarettes before reaching 19 years of age, and almost 100 percent report first use before age 26. Evidence suggests delaying initiation can prevent tobacco use altogether in young adults.
Tobacco Use in the Beach Cities: Quick Facts
- The percentage of adults who smoke in the Beach Cities is 9.9%, much lower than Los Angeles County rates of 13.3% and nearly half of the national average of 18.8%.
- Despite these impressive numbers, there is variability across the Beach Cities: smoking rates are lowest in Manhattan Beach at 5.6% and much higher in Redondo Beach at 11.1%.
- Though smoking rates among Beach Cities adults are generally low, rates among young adults ages 18 to 29 are at a staggering 25.9%, higher than the national average.
- 11% of Redondo Beach and 7% of Manhattan Beach 11th graders report using tobacco in the past 30 days.
Tobacco Control Policies in the Beach Cities
In the past five years, Blue Zones Project has partnered with Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach to strengthen smoke-free ordinances in the Beach Cities.
Manhattan Beach has enacted the most comprehensive ordinance, banning smoking in all public places, including multi-unit housing, and recently implemented a tobacco retail license that is aimed to reduce the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors while banning the sale of flavored tobacco products. There is strong evidence to show that these ordinances can dramatically decrease youth tobacco sale rates.
The American Lung Association’s annual State of Tobacco Control Report, recently awarded Manhattan Beach an “A” tobacco control grade – a dramatic improvement from the “D” grade it received in 2015.
Hermosa Beach recently enacted a smoking ban in all public places.
Healthy Air Hermosa: Information, smoke-free area maps and more
Need help quitting?
Smoking is an addiction, but there are many resources available to help you, your family and your friends to break the habit.
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or schedule an appointment with your health care provider today.
Learn more about the harmful effects of smoking and identify resources to help you quit by following the links below.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Guide to quitting, topics related to quitting and quitting resources
Success stories, smoking at a glance and relevant materials
California Smokers' Helpline
A free telephone service to help you quit smoking
Data Sources: Gallup | Healthways Well-Being Index® (WBI); Los Angeles County Health Survey; California Healthy Kids Survey