Tobacco Control

Our Mission

The City of Pasadena Public Health Department’s Tobacco Control Program’s mission is to protect and preserve the health and well-being of the Pasadena Community from the harmful effects of tobacco and tobacco smoke, especially among youth. The program works through prevention education and encouragement of public policy. The Pasadena Tobacco Control Program works to change tobacco norms and policies throughout the city of Pasadena through the following activities:

  • Working to reduce the public’s exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Working to reduce youth access to tobacco through policy initiatives and compliance checks.
  • Working to counter pro-tobacco advertising by prohibiting tobacco advertising
    in sensitive-use locations frequented by children.
  • Conducting health education seminars to educate the public about tobacco use.
  • Working with both an adult and a youth coalition to prevent tobacco use within the Pasadena community.

If you have seen a smoking violation, an illegal tobacco sale to a minor, or someone purchasing tobacco products for minors, please call our program office at (626)744-6014

Pasadena Tobacco Use Prevention Ordinance

On July 11, 2011, Pasadena City Council unanimously approved amendments to the City’s Tobacco Use Prevention Ordinance to prohibit smoking in apartments and condominiums to protect residents from drifting tobacco smoke.  Pasadena Municipal Code (PMC) Section 8.78.085 became effective on August 13, 2011, with provisions that take effect on certain dates.  For more detailed information, please review the following documents:

Pasadena Reach Program

Over the last decade, the City of Pasadena has adopted several innovative tobacco control policies. Despite the success of citywide policies, minority adults, youth, and children in Northwest Pasadena still suffer disproportionately from the negative health effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke.

Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the City of Pasadena Public Health Department has launched an anti-smoking media campaign as part of the Pasadena REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health).

Three ads were created to combat the use of electronic cigarettes, flavored tobacco products, and mentholated cigarettes among Hispanic/Latinos and African Americans in the city, focusing in Northwest Pasadena. Pasadena is a racially diverse community. The 2014 American Community Survey reports 37.9% of Pasadena’s residents are White (Non-Hispanic), 33.6% are Hispanic, 10.5% are Black/African American, and 14.7% are Asian.

The Pasadena REACH ads can be found throughout the city in the interior placards inside Pasadena Transit buses, in bus shelter displays, and through social media starting mid-November. Click here to read the official news release.

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Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. The following facts demonstrate the need to reduce smoking initiation rates and be a highly effective and efficient method of reducing long-term smoking rates.

  • According to the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, nationally, 86.9% of all adult cigarette smokers begin smoking by the age of 18. In california, 67.7% of current and former smokers start y the age of 18, and 98.1% start by the age of 26 according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
  • While California has the second lowest adult smoking prevalence, due to its size, the number of smokers in California still exceeds the individual population of more than 20 states.
  • The CDPH also identified two risk factors to illustrate the need for policy and systems approaches to address disparities in smoking rates. First, smoking rates decrease with higher levels of income. Californians with the highest smoking rates are the state’s poorest individuals. Secondly, rates decline with greater levels of education.
  • According to the California Healthy Kids Survey, administered by the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), during the 2014-2015 school year, 16% of seventh grade students, 29% of ninth grade students, and 34% of eleventh grade students reported having ever tried electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).
  • A majority of California youths are gravitating toward e-cigarettes over traditional cigarettes. The CDPH has noted that recent declines in the prevalence of cigarette smoking among youth have coincided with an increased use of e-cigarettes and hookah, both of which can be flavored tobacco products.
  • African Americans and American Indian/Alaska Natives in California have a higher adult smoking prevalence rate compared to other racial/ethnic groups.
  • One study published in the Nicotine & Tobacco Research found that nearly 30% of all menthol smokers in the U.S. are African American.