Anti-Smoking and Vaping Campaign
The Madera County Department of Public Health, Tobacco Control Program was funded for FFY 2017-2021. The goal of the Madera County Tobacco Control Program is to promote health and advocate for social norm changes regarding tobacco use through interventions that focus on policy, system, and environmental changes. Priorities include the reduction of secondhand smoke exposure, tobacco smoke residue, tobacco waste, and other tobacco products.
The Tobacco Control Program staff in collaboration with Dr. Barker and Provider Chris Fasulo helped to educate the community on the benefits of smoke-free parks and discuss the health consequences associated with secondhand smoke exposure and how Smoke-Free parks can help denormalize tobacco use in our community. Dr. Barker presented at a community forum on November 15, 2018, in the City of Madera to help educate community
members and elected officials on the proposed policy. The presentation helped to capture momentum in the community. On May 15, 2019, Madera City Council unanimously voted (7-0) to adopt and implement a Smoke-Free parks policy in the City of Madera. As of June 2019, all public parks in the City of Madera are now Smoke-and Vape-Free parks.
The Tobacco Control Program used the momentum from the City of Madera to initiate efforts in the City of Chowchilla. On September 26, 2019, Tobacco Control Program staff in collaboration with provider Chris Fasulo hosted a community forum to educate community members in the benefits of smoke-free parks and give community residents an opportunity to ask questions regarding the proposed policy. the tobacco Control Program staff and coalition partners are still actively working to capture support for smoke-free parks in the City of Madera.