Background

Tobacco use remains the number one preventable cause of death and disease in California, causing nearly 40,000 deaths in California every year. In Santa Clara County, one in eight deaths annually is attributed to smoking-related illness or diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and respiratory diseases. More than one in ten youth in the County currently use tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices.

The Santa Clara County’s Healthy Cities Program seeks to address these tobacco-related health concerns by promoting policies and practices to provide tobacco-free and smoke-free communities. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department (PHD) has provided funding to cities to support tobacco prevention strategies known to have the highest impact on reducing tobacco-related disparities and inequities. As part of this funding, the City of Cupertino received a grant from the PHD to:

  1. Explore restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes.
  2. Decrease youth access to tobacco products, such as by prohibiting new businesses from selling tobacco near schools and reducing tobacco retailer density.

These tobacco prevention policies have been shown to reduce youth access and exposure to tobacco products. The City is interested in gathering input from local school districts, residents, and businesses by conducting various community meetings, tabling at public events, and administering an online survey.

Give Your Feedback

The City wants to hear from you. To provide your input, please click here to  take the Healthy Cities Initiative Tobacco Policies Survey. We encourage you to provide feedback so that the City can better understand the community’s views on the proposed tobacco policies. You can also provide your feedback at one of the following public meetings:

Community Meeting
September 26th, 6:30 pm
Quinlan Community Center – Social Room
10185 N Stelling Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014

Community Meeting
October 8th, 6:30 pm
Quinlan Community Center – Social Room
10185 N Stelling Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014

Business Forum
October 10th, 10:00 am
Community Hall
10350 Torre Ave, Cupertino, CA 95014

Public Safety Commission Meeting
September 12th, 6:00 pm
City Hall - Conference Room A
10300 Torre Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014

Public Safety Commission Meeting
October 10th, 6:00 pm
City Hall - Conference Room A
10300 Torre Avenue, Cupertino, CA 95014


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Council Study Session

The Cupertino City Council held a Study Session on August 6, 2019 at Community Hall to discuss the policy options to prevent youth access to tobacco products and reduce the density of tobacco retailers. View the full recording of the meeting and related material here.