Santa Clara County Cities Association

Supporting the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s “Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW)” Grant Application to CDC for 

a Santa Clara County Tobacco Prevention & Control Initiative


Whereas, cigarette smoking is a preventable cause of disease and death, yet more people in the United States die each year from smoking-related illnesses than from AIDS, alcohol, cocaine, heroin, homicide, suicide, motor-vehicle crashes, and fires combined; and


Whereas, tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke causes death and disease and imposes a great social and economic impact; and


Whereas, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), signed into law February 17, 2009, is designed to stimulate economic recovery in various ways, such as reducing healthcare costs through prevention activities; and


Whereas, the purpose of this funding opportunity is to create healthier communities and schools through sustainable, proven, population-based approaches that support specific, measurable health outcomes to reduce chronic disease rates and health disparities; and


Whereas, In 2000, the prevalence of smoking among adults in Santa Clara County was 14.7%, Healthy People 2010 target of 12% prevalence rate has yet to be met; and


Whereas, the California Air Resources Board declared secondhand smoke a Toxic Air Contaminant in 2006; and


Whereas, The United States Surgeon General has stated, “Scientific evidence indicates that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke;” and


Whereas, according to the American Lung Association, environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is responsible for 150,000 to 300,000 cases of lower respiratory tract infections in infants and children under 18 months of age, which results in 7,500 to 15,000 hospitalizations each year; and


Whereas, it is incumbent on all elected officials, to support organizational, systems and policy change in their cities and urge all of our city colleagues to join us in the implementation efforts of this Tobacco Prevention and Control Initiative therefore, be it



to support the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s application for funding to improve community health by decreasing tobacco usage and exposure to secondhand smoke, promoting a healthier environment, and thereby reducing the incidence of related chronic diseases.




Kris Wang, President

Santa Clara County Cities Association

November 12, 2009