EL CENTRO – The Imperial County Public Health Department has been re-awarded a 3-year grant from the California Department of Public Health – Tobacco Control Program for $450,000.
Robin Hodgkin, Public Health Director, said they plan to use the funds to promote tobacco prevention and smoke-free environments.
The county plans include the adoption of written smoke-free policies into low income housing, asking local cigarette merchants not to advertise tobacco products as lead items, and to continue promoting the Imperial Valley as Tobacco-Free.
Supervisor Michael Kelley (District 3) asked Mrs. Hodgkin about E-Cigs. She replied that LA County had already implemented policies restricting the use of E-Cigs and the State was considering their options. According to Hodgkin, the smokeless devices do not contain tobacco and there is no smoke, only vapor, but nicotine is present.
Supervisor Ryan Kelley (District 4) admitted to being a tobacco user, but did not want the next generation to pick up the habit and fully supported the tobacco prevention measures outlined by the department of public health.