APIFM has been awarded funding by the Department of Public Health for the Tobacco Control and Prevention Program. The staff and volunteers of the Tobacco Prevention Team (ToP Team) will be working directly with residents in Diamond Bar and San Marino to address smoking in outdoor areas to decrease tobacco-related death and disease. Our goal is to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke through community engagement and advocacy for policy change.
Tobacco usage is a leading preventable cause of illnesses and disability in the United States (U.S.) and is estimated to cost the country about $2.15 billion every year in direct healthcare expenditures.
The Tobacco Prevention Team is specifically focused on secondhand smoke (SHS) in outdoor areas such as public parks, service areas, golf courses, and surrounding areas of privately owned buildings. Exposure to SHS is directly linked to many of the top preventable diseases and contains many harmful chemicals that are known to cause cancer. There is no safe level of exposure to SHS, which accounts for a significant amount of nonsmokers’ vulnerability to hazardous tobacco products. Experts, including the U.S. Surgeon General, continue to advocate for reducing SHS exposure as a critical approach to decrease tobacco-related death and disease. By striving to create more smoke-free environments, we have the opportunity to address the dangers that SHS presents and build a healthier community.
Graphic made by Courtney Shojinaga, based on CDC (2016) and NIH (2018).