UPDATED FEBRUARY 2020
Beach Cities Health District identified substance use as a health priority for 2019-2022.
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 each year.
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. These provisions include a ban on the sale of flavored 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. In February 2020, Manhattan Beach became the second city in the nation to prohibit the sale of all tobacco products within the city. Along with Beverly Hills, these retail bans will go into effect January 1, 2021.
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.
Quitting smoking greatly reduces the risk of developing smoking-related diseases. Here are a few tips on how to quit smoking:
- Develop a quit plan to prepare to quit smoking that includes choosing a quit date, telling loved ones you are quitting, removing reminders of smoking and identifying your reasons for quitting and your smoking triggers.
- Utilize quitlines for 24/7 free coaching, quit plans, educational materials and referrals to local resources
- 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
- 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569) (en Español)
- Sign up for an app to help you quit with tailored tips and inspiration. Try the quitSTART App.
- Talk to your healthcare provider about medications such as nicotine replacement products or prescription non-nicotine medications that have been found effective in helping people quit.
- Identify social support or counseling services. Counseling and medication are both effective for treating tobacco dependence and using them together is more effective than using either one alone.
- Learn more about the Torrance Memorial Quit Smoking Program.
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