Tobacco Control Policy

Over the years, Day One has played an integral role in a wide variety of tobacco control campaigns across the San Gabriel Valley.  With help and guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's Tobacco Control and Prevention Program (TCPP), Day One seeks to help direct and assemble the people, activities, skills and community support necessary to protect the public from the adverse effects of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. Some of the Tobacco Control Policy areas Day One has been active in over the past decade include:

Tobacco Retailer Licensing policies require all merchants in a given municipality that sell tobacco or tobacco to purchase a license for such a privilege. The intent of such a policy is to act as a mechanism that encourages responsible tobacco retailing and discourages the violations of local, state, and federal tobacco laws, especially those that forbid the sale and distribution of tobacco products to minors.

  • TRL in Pasadena - Adopted in 2004

  • TRL in Sierra Madre - Adopted in 2006

  • TRL in South Pasadena - Adopted in 2009

  • TRL in San Gabriel - Adopted in 2010

  • TRL in Pomona - Vote to draft March 2016; Discussion and vote to bring back draft TRL May 2017; Expected adoption Fall 2017

Smoke-Free Outdoor Areas involves a comprehensive set of different tobacco control policies aimed at creating safe and smoke-free public places for everyone.  Some of the public realms that have been addressed through these campaigns include parks, outdoor dining, beaches, public events, and areas frequently inhabited by children such as playgrounds or schools.

  • Smoke-Free Parks in Pasadena - Adopted in 2004

  • Comprehensive Smoke-Free Outdoor Areas in South Pasadena - Adopted in 2007

  • Comprehensive Smoke-Free Outdoor Areas in Pasadena - Adopted in 2008

  • Smoke-Free Outdoor Dining in Sierra Madre - Adopted 2009

  • Smoke-Free Parks in San Gabriel - Adopted in 2010

  • Smoke-Free Parks in Los Angeles County - Adopted in 2010

  • Smoke-Free Parks in Pomona - Adopted in 2015

Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing (MUH) policies seek to create safe, smoke-free, living spaces for residents that live in the close confines of apartments and condominiums.  By creating smoke-free living environments, we can ensure clean air in the home for smokers and non-smokers alike.  

  • Smoke-Free MUH in South Pasadena - Adopted in 2010

  • Smoke-Free MUH in Pasadena - Adopted in 2011


For additional information the health effects of tobacco use and exposure, and how local communities can reduce the health impact of the number one cause of preventable death in the state of California and the nation, visit our resources page. 

According to the American Lung Association's 2017 "State of Tobacco Control" report, in 2016, the American Lung Association in California led efforts to make sweeping changes across multiple areas of tobacco control . In November, voters overwhelmingly approved $2 per pack tobacco tax increase, the first in nearly 20 years, and one which will for the first time apply to e-cigarettes. Also, in 2016, California became the second state in the nation to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old. Legislation was also approved to close loopholes in the state’s smokefree workplace laws and to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products. All of these regulations will reduce smoking rates and save lives. However, despite the significant progress that will be made as a result of these improvements, the fight against the harms caused by tobacco remains monumental. Tobacco continues to be the number one cause of preventable death in California. Over one-quarter of all cancer deaths in California are attributable to smoking, and over 16,000 kids start smoking each year.

Here is a report that shows that tobacco interests continue to maintain a strong presence in the California legislature.  

Learn more about Pasadena's smoke free multi-unit housing policy and resources for those that have been negatively affected by drifting secondhand smoke.

Take a look at how Pasadena and other Los Angeles County cities fared in the American Lung Association's 2017 State of Tobacco Control California Local Grades Report.