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 Frequently Asked Questions About TUPP 

  1. What is your program about, how did it start, and how does the program serve the community?
  2. Does your program participate in community events and health fairs?
  3. How is the California Smoke-free Workplace Law enforced in El Dorado County?
  4. What is El Dorado County’s Clean Indoor Air and Health Protection Ordinance?
  5. What resources do you offer for people wanting to quit tobacco?
  6. What free educational resources does your program have?
  7. What kind of tobacco education programs do you have for youth?
  8. What kind of volunteer opportunities do you have available?

What is the TUPP program about, how did it start and how does it serve the community? [top]

In 1988, Proposition 99 was passed in California. The law placed a 25 cent tax on each pack of cigarettes sold in the state. A portion of this money goes to educational programs to help decrease smoking. In 1990, the El Dorado County Tobacco Use Prevention Program (TUPP) was formed. TUPP is a program of El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division. The program strives to decrease tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke in El Dorado County by mobilizing a network of community organizations and individuals.

TUPP conducts education and outreach to increase awareness about the dangers of smoking and the effects of secondhand smoke. TUPP also helps cities and businesses strengthen their tobacco control regulations and comply with tobacco laws. Emphasis is placed on reducing youth access to tobacco products and countering tobacco advertisements and promotions.

Does TUPP participate in community events and health fairs? [top]

Yes. TUPP participates in a limited number of community events and fairs each year. If TUPP staff or volunteers cannot attend your event, free brochures can be mailed to you. 

How is the California Smoke-free Workplace Law enforced in El Dorado County? [top]

This law went into effect January 1, 1995, and assures most employees in California a smoke-free place to work. On January 1, 1998, the law extended to cover bars, restaurants with bars, nightclubs, and other indoor areas of entertainment where people work.

TUPP educates the community (including businesses, employees, city officials, and law enforcement) and answers questions about the law, areas included, and its enforcement. Complaints alleging business noncompliance may be directed to TUPP at (530) 621-6142 or by mail to 931 Spring Street, Placerville, CA 95667. TUPP will document the complaint; send a letter(s) to the business asking for compliance (with a copy to law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office). Businesses are encouraged to call TUPP to review the situation and consult with staff to improve employee/patron cooperation, provide materials, clarify the law, and provide updates and support. Most businesses honor the request to comply. 

What is El Dorado County’s Clean Indoor Air and Health Protection Ordinance? [top]

The Clean Air and Health Protection Ordinance is part of El Dorado County Code. The ordinance reads as follows: 

The board of supervisors hereby finds as follows: The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that tobacco smoke is a major source of indoor air pollution, and the surgeon general's 1986 report on the health consequences of involuntary smoking concludes that exposure to tobacco smoke places healthy nonsmokers at increased risk for developing lung cancer. Other health hazards of involuntary smoking include respiratory infection, decreased exercise tolerance, and decreased respiratory function, bronchoconstriction, and brochospasm. While all members of the population are truly at increased risk due to exposure to secondhand smoke, it constitutes a special health hazard for children, the elderly and people with chronic lung disorders. The surgeon general labels smoking "the largest single preventable cause of death and disability for the U.S. population". 

Employees subject to prolonged exposure to secondhand smoke in the workplace have been found in scientifically conducted studies to experience a decrease in job productivity and some have been forced to take periodic sick leave because of reactions to second-hand smoke. Furthermore, studies have shown higher costs to the employer are associated with smoking in the workplace due to increases in absenteeism, accidents, costs of medical care, loss of productivity, and cleaning and maintenance requirements. A recent scientific study has reported that secondhand smoke from tobacco may cause significant amount of cardiovascular disease in the United States and that the number of deaths from this cause may exceed the deaths caused by lung disease associated with secondhand smoke. Smoking in public places and workplaces is a major cause of fires and damage to merchandise and equipment as well as costly maintenance and repairs to furniture and fixtures. The health care costs produced by smoking related ailments and diseases constitute a heavy and avoidable financial drain on our community. 

More than eighty percent (80%) of El Dorado County residents are nonsmokers, and the number of nonsmokers is steadily increasing. Opinion surveys show that a majority of both nonsmokers and smokers favor restrictions on smoking in public places and places of employment. Air pollution caused by smoking is an offensive annoyance and irritant. Smoking results in serious and significant physical discomforts of nonsmokers, and constitutes a public nuisance in public places and workplaces. 

This ordinance attempts to find a compromise that allows smokers to smoke, and others to breathe smoke-free air.

What resources do you offer for people wanting to quit tobacco?  [top]

TUPP can provide free self-help quit-smoking information, and referral to area groups, organizations, and on-line sites that offer support groups and quit-smoking classes. TUPP is available to provide a brief phone cessation educational intervention.

What free educational resources do you? [top

TUPP has free brochures and pamphlets on tobacco use prevention, environmental tobacco smoke, nicotine addiction, smoking and pregnancy, smokeless tobacco and other related topics.

What tobacco education programs do you offer for youth [top]

Youth may participate in local and statewide events, conferences, rallies, trainings and community health fairs. TUPP offers youth the opportunity to interact with other peers working in tobacco prevention, and to learn tobacco information, local and state policies and laws.

What volunteer opportunities do you have? [top]

TUPP has many volunteer opportunities for youth and adults. Adults can help with implementation of the California Smoke-free workplace law, and work with city/county officials to help pass stronger local tobacco regulations. Youth and adult volunteers can help educate store merchants not to sell tobacco to minors and encourage stores to reduce tobacco advertising. Call (530) 621-6142 to volunteer.  

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