Smoking and tobacco use are contributing risk factors for a number of adverse health conditions including heart disease, stroke, and respiratory illnesses. In Butte County, 2 of the 3 leading causes of death are cancers - with lung cancer being the leading type of fatal cancer, followed by chronic lower respiratory disease (CLRD). The leading cause of both lung cancer and CLRD is smoking of tobacco products. Butte County ranks 51st out of 58 California Counties for deaths due to lung cancer, and 48th for deaths due to CLRD. Smoking and tobacco use during adolescence may lead to additional unhealthy behavior and substance abuse, and almost all smokers begin in adolescence. Research demonstrates that the density of tobacco retailers located near schools is directly associated with adolescent smoking. Restricting access to retail tobacco sources for adolescent youth through local ordinances has been shown to reduce rates of smoking.
Butte County Office of Education, California Health Collaborative, Butte County Public Health Department, and Enloe Medical Center
Evidence is growing that interventions to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviors have positive results and are generally inexpensive to implement. National and international health organizations are calling for a comprehensive approach for reducing obesity in children that includes increasing physical activity in the school setting.
CSU Chico Center For Healthy Communities, CSU Chico Kinesiology Department, Butte County Public Health Department