Public Health Program Protects Children from Deadly Effects of Tobacco Use
January 26th, 2017 | by: Michelle Corson | Category: Press Releases

1800 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93306-3302

661-321-3000

Matthew Constantine
Director

kernpublichealth.com

January 25, 2017

Contact:
Michelle Corson
Public Relations Officer

corsonm@co.kern.ca.us

Bakersfield, CA – Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and is responsible for more than 460,000 deaths in the United States each year, and thousands of young people start smoking cigarettes every day according to the Centers for Disease Control. Kern County Public Health Services is committed to protecting residents, especially young people, from the deadly effects of tobacco use.

Kern County Public Health Services coordinates the Tobacco Retailer’s Permit program in an attempt to lower the rate that tobacco products are sold to our children. This program provides for Environmental Health to conduct inspections and sends an under-aged decoy into the facility to attempt to purchase tobacco products. If a purchase is made we take enforcement action including administrative fines and permit suspension.

“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with incorporated cities in our County to ensure this important health risk is addressed consistently countywide” says Brynn Carrigan, Assistant Director of Kern County Public Health Services. The cities that have not adopted the County’s Tobacco Retailer’s Ordinance are Ridgecrest (17.9% non-compliance rate in 2014) and the City of Bakersfield (21.3% non-compliance rate in 2014).

For more information visit kernpublichealth.com or call 661-321-3000.