Smoking and Tobacco Outreach/Prevention Program (STOPP)

Healthier Stores for Our Community.

STOPP is a tobacco-control program that works with schools, community-based and faith-based organizations, law enforcement, businesses, and residents of San Joaquin County. STOPP provides education, community engagement, and cessation resources to those who want to quit tobacco products. We work to ensure all community members live, work, play, and learn in tobacco-free environments


Program Goals for 2022-2025

STOPP is focused on these tobacco-control Priorities:

Healthy Retail Environment Smoke-Free Outdoor Spaces Community Engagement

Cessation Services Media Campaigns

Program Accomplishments

  • San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) adopted a 100% smoke-free policy, including smoke-free bus stops.
  • University of the Pacific (UOP) adopted a 100% smoke-free policy. This made all universitites in SJC smoke-free.

Tobacco Use in Our County

Despite years of decline, tobacco use throughout the County continues to negatively impact many residents. In fact, the County as a whole has a higher rate of tobacco use than the rest of California. We see strong differences in tobacco use by reace/ethinicity and among populations by socioeconomic status, education, occupation, mental health status, sexual orientation, and geography. These high-risk groups suffer disproportionately from tobacco-related illnesses.

SJC Tobacco Data

Source: 1California HEalth Interview Survey. CHIS 2016, CHIS 2017, and CHIS 2018 Adult Files. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Center for Health Policy Research; February 2020.

2 California Student Tobacco Survey. CSTS 2019-20. San Diego.

3Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community. HSHC 2019. Sacramento, CA: California Tobacco Control Program, California Department of Public Health.

Information For Tobacco Retailers

As of December 2019, the federal minimum age to purchase tobacco products was raised from 18 to 21, with no exemption for military personnel. In California, the "Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement" Act (STAKE Act) prohibits the sale of all tobacco products-including e-cigarettes-to minors under 21.

California law requires all tobacco retailers post a STAKE Act sign at each Cash Register.

All Tobacco retailers must also display their valid California Cigarette and Tobacco Products Retailer's License where the public can see it.


Learn more: Retail packet on California tobacco retailer regulations