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The Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center (NCPC) is the result of a successful grant application for $3.8 million from the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) for one simple reason:
TOBACCO IS STILL AN ISSUE IN CALIFORNIA
- Smoking is still the largest cause of preventable deaths in the US
- 1 out of 5 deaths are due to smoking
- 1,300 people die from smoking every day
- Smoking costs $300 billion each year
- Medical care for adults due to smoking-related disease
- Lost productivity due to disease and death due to SHS
- Every day, 3,200 youth start smoking
- 80% of smokers regret smoking
- 68% want to quit
- California is an international leader in tobacco control
- CA led the charge for smoke-free laws and taxation
- Lowest state-level prevalence
- Despite being in CA, the San Joaquin Valley and adjoiniung mountains are lagging behind
- The state prevalence for adult smoking is 12%
- SJV-Sierra Foothill rates are 16%-20%
- On par with traditionally high smoking-states of Alabama and Georgia
- 60% of rural adolescent males smoked in the past 30 days
WHAT ABOUT CANNABIS?
- Prop 64 has drastically changed the policy landscape for marijuana
- Recreational use is legal, but it is still restrictive
- Do people understand the risks involved with cannabis use?
- Do people know and/or support cannabis policies and restrictions?
- What is the intersection between tobacco and cannabis?
- Will the increase in cannabis use have an impact on tobacco use?