THE NCPC WILL CONDUCT RESEACH ACROSS 11 COUNTIES IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
The NCPC will be based in Merced but the research will be carried out in 11 counties across the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding mountains. These counties are home to over 4 million people, and the region includes some of the poorest counties and populations in California.
These counties include:
San Joaquin / Calaveras / Stanislaus / Tuolumne / Merced / Mariposa / Madera / Fresno / Kings / Tulare / Kern
State-level smoking prevalence rates reached 12% in 2016, but the disparities in tobacco control implementation in California have resulted in adult smoking prevalence rates of 16% in the SJV, with rates reaching 19% in Fresno and 20% in Tuolumne, Calaveras, and Mariposa.