UPDATED December 2019
Beach Cities Health District identified substance use prevention as a health priority for 2019-2022.
HEALTH ALERT: VAPING
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other national, state and local health organizations are investigating a national outbreak of e-cigarette or vaping product associated lung injury (EVALI). As of December 10, 2019, 2,409 hospitalized EVALI cases have been reported to CDC, with 52 confirmed deaths.
Patients suffering from lung injuries have reported symptoms such as:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Fever or chills
- Weight loss
If you have questions about the CDC’s investigation into the lung injuries associated with use of e-cigarette or vaping products, contact 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).
E-cigarette Use in the Beach Cities
Youth e-cigarette use in the Beach Cities is higher than the national rate.
- 1 in 4 11th graders reported using electronic cigarettes, e-cigarettes or other vaping devices in the past 30 days
- 4 in 5 11th graders reported it is fairly easy or very easy to obtain e-cigarettes or vaping devices
Tips to Quit Vaping
- E-cigarettes are not currently approved by the FDA as a cessation aid for adults or youth. If you are a teen or young adult who is trying to quit nicotine, schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
- Nicotine patches are the only FDA-approved method for youth nicotine addiction treatment. Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to learn if this is the right method for you or your teen.
- Quitting vaping can be easier when you prepare in advance and have a plan. Find out what steps you can take to get ready to quit vaping.
- In the wake of the U.S. Surgeon General declaring a youth e-cigarette epidemic, Truth Initiative® has expanded its quit-smoking resources to include a first-of-its kind e-cigarette quit program.
- Learn more about vaping facts for teens from South Bay Families Connected.
Tobacco Use in the Beach Cities
Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body and increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and lung cancer. It is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, causing more than 480,000 deaths per year. An additional 41,000 deaths occur from secondhand smoke exposure.
The percentage of adults who smoke in the Beach Cities decreased by 36% since 2010 to 6.8%. This smoking rate is much lower than the rates of the South Bay (14.8%), Los Angeles County (13.3%) and the United States (18.2%).
Tobacco Control Policies in the Beach Cities
Beach Cities Health District partners with the cities of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach to strengthen tobacco ordinances to make clean air possible for residents of all ages.
Hermosa Beach has enacted a comprehensive smoking ban in all public places. In December 2018, the Hermosa Beach City Council approved amendments to the municipal code requiring local tobacco retailers to purchase an annual business license to continue the specific sale of tobacco products. The intent of the tobacco retail license is to limit the sale of electronic smoking devices and flavored tobacco products to youth in the community.
Learn more about Hermosa Beach’s smoke-free policy, Healthy Air Hermosa.
Manhattan Beach has enacted a comprehensive ordinance, banning smoking in all public places, including multi-unit housing, and implemented a tobacco retail permit that aims to reduce the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors while banning the sale of flavored tobacco products. In 2016, The American Lung Association’s annual State of Tobacco Control Report awarded Manhattan Beach an “A” tobacco control grade – a dramatic improvement from the “D” grade it received in 2015. In October 2019, the Manhattan Beach City Council moved forward in drafting an urgency ordinance banning the sale of e-cigarette and vaping devices due to emerging health concerns.
Learn more about Manhattan Beach’s smoke-free policy, Breathe Free MB.
Redondo Beach has enacted a comprehensive smoking ban in all public places. In October 2019, the Redondo Beach City Council enacted a tobacco retail ordinance including ending the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including vape and e-cigarette devices. The City Council also amended the Municipal Code to include measures regulating the possession of tobacco products by minors on school grounds.
Learn more about Redondo Beach’s newest tobacco policy.
Additional Cessation Resources
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- California Smoker's Helpline
- L.A. Quits
- Become an Ex
Information Sourced From
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- Gallup | Sharecare Well-Being Index, Beach Cities, 2017
- Los Angeles County Health Survey, 2015
- California Healthy Kids Survey, 2018-19