Smoke-Free North State advocates for smoke-free entryway policies for the city of Paradise. Paradise, located in Butte County, has a diverse range of businesses and residents. With a community that supports and encourages business growth, development, and economic revitalization, we aim to protect our community from the health hazards of secondhand smoke. Smoke-free entryways benefit businesses by maintaining an open and professional atmosphere. We strive to educate and inform local elected officials and law enforcement on the dangers of secondhand smoke, and the benefits provided by designating a 20-foot buffer of smoke-free air around business entryways and windows.
- The Environmental Protection Agency classi¬fied secondhand smoke as a Class A carcinogen, putting it in the same category as asbestos and radon (TheCenter for Tobacco Policy and Organization, 2004).
- Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, including nicotine, arsenic, benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide (TheCenter for Tobacco Policy and Organization, 2004).
- Exposure to secondhand smoke can have immediate health consequences, including eye, nose, and throat irritation, as well as asthma attacks and breathing problems for people with chronic lung disease (TheCenter for Tobacco Policy and Organization, 2004).
- Secondhand smoke kills nearly 3,000 nonsmokers each year from lung cancer in the United States and another 35,000 to 62,000 from coronary heart disease (TheCenter for Tobacco Policy and Organization, 2004).
- A field poll conducted by The Center for Tobacco Policy and Organizing found that 82 percent of nonsmokers and 59 percent of smokers polled agree that workplaces should designate smoke-free areas around all business entrances (TheCenter for Tobacco Policy and Organization, 2004).
- A minimum 20-foot smoke-free zone provides a buffer around entryways, windows, and ventilation areas to reduce smoke exposure (TheCenter for Tobacco Policy and Organization, 2004).
- Make the North State Smoke-Free Postcard
- Make the North State Smoke-Free (Spanish)
- Clearing the Air
- Clearing the Air (Spanish)
- Smoke-Free Entryways
- Comprehensive Outdoor Secondhand Smoke Ordinances
- California Cities with Comprehensive Secondhand Smoke Ordinances
- Vision for Tobacco-Free California
- No-Smoking Sign for Entryways
- Sample Company Smoke-free Policy
- Model Ordinance Prohibiting Smoking in All Workplaces and Public Places
- Model Ordinance Prohibiting Smoking in Outdoor Places of Employment and Public Places
Decision-makers and How to Reach them:
- City of Paradise:
Town Council: Scott Lotter (Mayor), Greg Bolin (Vice Mayor), John Rawlings (Councilmember), Steve “Woody” Culleton (Councilmember), Jody Jones (Councilmember).
- The Tobacco Education Clearinghouse of California provides support for public agencies, nonprofits, municipalities, and schools with low cost tobacco education resources. Please visit us online Tobacco-Free Catalog at www.tobaccofreecatalog.com.
If you have any questions or if you would like to get involved in Smoke-Free North State please contact Dolores Vasquez at the California Health Collaborative at:
Phone: (530) 345-2483 x210
Call the California Smokers’ Helpline, a telephone program that can help you quit smoking. Helpline services are free, funded by the California Department of Health.