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THE MISSION

The mission of Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center (NCPC), which is part of the Health Sciences Research Institute (HSRI) is to gather, understand and promote the thoughts and feelings of rural California residents on current tobacco and cannabis policy. This will be done via large scale surveys across 11 counties of the San Joaquin Valley and adjoining mountains. The results will then be used to develop achievable policy recommendations that work towards reducing tobacco-related diseases and deaths in this overlooked and underserved region of California.

To achieve this mission, the NCPC is comprised of four key cores that represent an extensive range of collaborations spanning different Californian universities, research disciplines, and community organizations at the national, state and local level. For more info visit About or click the icons below.

 

TOBACCO AND NICOTINE EFFECTS ON COVID-19

Please review the attachments below for information in both English and Spanish, summarizing the emerging literature on COVID-19 and the effects of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. The literature is evolving as research on COVID-19 is rapidly emerging and disseminating; these reports and fact sheets will be updated regularly. Click the Images for the full PDF and Watch the Retro Report documentary featuring Dr. Anna Song:

COVID-19 REPORT NCPC Uc Merced AprilCOVID-19 and smoking NCPC UC Merced

To get the lastest information on COVID-19 and the association with toboccco, vaping & secondhand smoke, click the button below

 

FIND OUT MORE!

We really want to know what you think about current policies in your county for nicotine and cannabis.

If you're over the age of 18 and live in Central California, you're eligible to join.

Click the button to get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

 

 

MAIN RESEARCH

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DO YOU LIVE IN ONE OF THESE COUNTIES?

If you can find the county you live in below, then we would love to speak with you to learn your thoughts and opinions on current nicotine and cannabis policies where you live. The Nicotine & Cannabis Policy Center (NCPC) is conducting tobacco and cannabis policy research in 11 counties across in the San Joaquin Valley. While the NCPC is based in Merced, we will work our community partners to speak with as many residents as possible.
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PARTNERSHIPS

The NCPC will primarily be working with Public Health Departments of the 11 counties within the study area. We are also partnering with the American Heart Association and Healthy House. Click the logos for links.

The NCPC will work closely with CDPH members and local Public Health Departments to identify crucial policy issues within the 11 counties and help with research recruitment and diseminating our findings.

The AHA is our community organization partner with senior policy advocate experience, policy analysis & support for data collection - including focus groups & survey recruitment.

Healthy House is our Central Valley community partner, with deep & extensive connections in numerous communities and cultural groups. They're essential in disseminating our key messages & survey recruitment.

 

NCPC MEDIA SPOTLIGHT

Click the links for NCPC related news or stories utilizing our expertize.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 News

VOICES OF THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY

  What concerns me the most about smoking and vaping now, is the vaping - the E-cigarettes. Those are flavored and they makes kids think that its OK, because it's flavored. A lot of people don't see danger in things that look and tastes good. They don't know how deadly or addictive it could be.
- Necola Adams, Merced Resident.

 

NCPC OFFICE LOCATIONS

NCPC MERCED OFFICE, SOCIAL SCIENCE & MANAGEMENT BUILDING, ROOM 362

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events and Happenings

Jan
27

Online Zoom Meeing

MOBILIZING VOICES TO SUPPORT FLAVORED TOBACCO RESTRICTIONS the Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center is delighted to announce that we will...
Oct
05

Online Zoom Webinar

The Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center, along with The American Heart Association, were delighted to host another new free online...
May
05
In partnership with The American Heart Association, be hosting a free online webinar. This latest meeting is a helpful guide on “Smoke Free...
Mar
03
The Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center (NCPC), in partnership with The American Heart Association (AHA), are hosting a helpful guide on “...

UC Merced Health Research News

Flora film
May 23, 2024

“Flora,” a film by UC Professor Yehuda Sharim, earned an award from the Latino and Native American Film Festival. The film, which Sharim describes as a memoir of post-teen daughters of immigrants...

AI generated illustration for UC Merced Tobacco Summit
May 21, 2024

The community is invited to an all-day summit where researchers will present cutting-edge information on the latest efforts to stem tobacco use in the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding foothills....

UC Merced Professor Ma Vang and print of painting that is on the cover of her book
May 21, 2024

Exploring sources of historical narratives can take you to places where walls seem to move and truth feels fluid and interchangeable. Ma Vang’s research has focused on how people narrate their...