County of Marin Health and Human Services

Tobacco Control Program


Flavors mask the harsh taste of tobacco which makes it easier for kids to smoke -- and most kids don't know that flavored e-cigarettes are high in nicotine.

  • The tobacco industry is hooking the next generation of addicts, and flavors are a big way in. Four out of five kids who have used tobacco started with a flavored product.

  • The rise in teen vaping is finally news. But we need to know more about kids' consumption of nicotine, such as how high the doses, and how great the risks.

  • Nicotine is one of the most toxic of all poisons. It can rewire the brain, particularly vulnerable in the developing years, from adolescence to mid-twenties.

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The Tobacco Prevention Services Office serves as an administrative agency responsible for allocating state and local dollars to deliver tobacco education program services to Marin County residents. The Office contracts for these services with local community-based agencies and provides contract management and monitoring to insure delivery of quality services to the residents of Marin County. The Office also writes plans and coordinates local tobacco control services, collaborating closely with law enforcement, the County Office of Education, the Smoke Free Marin Coalition and other community groups. The Office is also responsible for providing educational enforcement and technical assistance on local, state and federal tobacco control ordinances and laws.

One of the most important steps a community can take to improve its residents' health is to create more smoke-free spaces. Marin County jurisdictions have all adopted laws to reduce and even eliminate secondhand smoke exposure where people work, play, and live. In recent years, The Smoke-Free Marin Coalition has worked with the Board of Supervisors and the City/Town Councils to provide excellent protections for residents in Multi-Unit Housing. Please use the link to the Smoke-Free Marin website to identify the protections in your community.

Marin County Smoking Cessation Programs & Resources

American Cancer Society
Freshstart(r) is a smoking cessation program sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and offered to you FREE by the Community Cancer Center. This program is designed to help you take charge of your efforts to quit using tobacco. Classes for the Fresh Start 8-week program are scheduled for January 2- February 20, 2018 and July 3r- August 21, 2018. Please call (541) 673-2267 to register.

Kaiser Permanente
Quit Tobacco Workshop (1 session) (415) 833-3450
This one session Kaiser Permanente program teaches you how to develop a plan of action to quit smoking on your own and strategies to prevent relapse.
No fee for members; $25 for non-members

Freedom from Tobacco (7 sessions) (415) 833-3450
Research suggests that classes that meet over a number of weeks have the highest success rate for people quitting smoking. This Kaiser Permanente Stop Smoking program is especially helpful for people who have tried unsuccessfully to quit on their own.
No fee for members; $120 for non-members

Bay Area Community Resources
Provides quit smoking workshops, referrals and tobacco education services throughout Marin County. Consultation, training and technical assistance is available to agencies and staff who would like to assist their clients with quitting smoking. Other services include: cessation counseling for pregnant and parenting smokers, second hand smoke education, and a school-based intervention program. Most of these services are offered free of charge. Please call (415) 755-2334 for more information.

St. Helena Hospital
Health Center: This is a comprehensive 7 day, live-in program that includes, medical screening, lectures, counseling, regular light exercise and a wholesome vegetarian diet. Offered every 6 weeks, this program may be partially reimbursed by some health plans. Also offered are massage therapists, nutritionists and stress reduction techniques. Located in Napa County. Call: (800) 358-9195.

Nicotine Anonymous

Thurs. 7:00 P.M.--San Rafael
Kaiser Medical Office Bldg #2/Parking Lot A
99 Montecillo (Terra Linda)
Meeting Room is the Orthopedics waiting room,
2nd fl., down the hall & on the left
Terry S. (707) 664-9335

Sat. 10:00 A.M.--San Rafael
Trinity Lutheran
333 Woodland Ave.
Michael D. (415) 691-1800

California Smoker's Helpline
Telephone counseling is provided to all California residents free of charge. Thousands of Californians have quit smoking using this effective phone counseling program. Leave your phone number and someone will call you back to schedule your free sessions. Specific programs for teen smokers and chewing tobacco users are also available.

  • 1-800-NO- BUTTS (English) & Teen line
  • 1-800-844-CHEW (for chewing tobacco)
  • 1-800-45-NO FUME (Spanish)
  • 1-800-400-0866 Chinese)
  • 1-800-554-5564 (Korean)
  • 1-800-778-8440 (Vietnamese)
  • 1-800-933-4-TDD (Deaf/Hearing Impaired)

Individualized Programs
Some individuals have found help through individualized programs such as:

  • Acupuncture
  • Nutritional Therapy
  • Addiction Counseling
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Self Help (Marin County Libraries/local bookstores)

While we are unable to provide specific referrals, we suggest you consult with your Healthcare provider for possible referrals and/or telephone directory.