As of March 1, 2015 all Contra Costa County-owned and leased properties will be 100% Smoke-free. This does not necessarily pertain to Smoke-free multi-unit housing. To find out more about if your city has a Smoke-free multi-unit housing ordinance visit the Secondhand Smoke page.
What the Law Means
Smoking, including the use of cigarettes, cigars, water pipes, pipes, hookah, marijuana (including medical marijuana) and electronic smoking devices like e-cigarettes and vapor pens, is not permitted in all indoor and outdoor areas, including parking lots, courtyards and break areas, of every building and property owned or solely leased by the County and in County vehicles. See the complete list of properties included under this ordinance or call 888-877-4202.
Why Is Contra Costa County Going Smoke-free?
The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors adopted this law June 3, 2014 to improve the health and safety of people visiting and working at county facilities. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and the U.S. Surgeon General has stated that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Given this data and our role as service providers for thousands of people in the county, the Board of Supervisors adopted this law to create a smoke-free environment for employees and visitors.
How the Law Will Be Enforced
This law is designed to be enforced through signage and education, however, Sheriff's deputies may issue citations. See our guidance about what to say to someone you see smoking on County property.
What resources are available to help me stop smoking, using other tobacco products and/or electronic smoking devices?
This policy is an important health and safety initiative. If you would like support quitting tobacco and/or electronic smoking devices, call 888-877-4202 or see the list of local resources to help you quit. In addition, the State of California has a free "Quit Smoking" hotline that offers ongoing one-on-one counseling and cessation materials in several languages.
|Mandarin and Cantonese||1-800-838-8917|
|People can also text for English: "Quit Smoking" or "Quit Vaping" to 66819 or For Spanish" "Dejar de fumar" or "No Vapear" to 66819|
You may contact the Tobacco Prevention Project to report complaints and/or possible violations of County, City or State of California laws regarding tobacco products or secondhand smoke by calling .