The goal of FULSTOP (Families Uniting Locally to Solve Tobacco Proliferation) is to reduce tobacco-related health disparities and make gains toward health equity among African American/Black populations in San Diego and Orange County, California, through collaborative, regional approaches directed towards policy change and community education.
Four Focus Points:
- To establish a youth-led Community Advocacy Board (CAB)
- Champion smoke-free multi-unit housing policies
- Advocate for smoke-free based (place of workship)
- Campaign for policies that prohibit sale and distribution of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes.
California Tobacco Facts & Figures 2018 | New Challenges to Tobacco Control in California
So why does the proliferation of tobacco product categories and shifts in tobacco marketing matter? California Tobacco Facts and Figures 2018 presents a troubling picture of teen tobacco use. The data show that while teen cigarette smoking in 2016 is low (4.3 percent), overall tobacco use among teens is stagnant. In 2016, overall teen tobacco use rate (13.6 percent) is comparable to cigarette smoking rate in 2010 (13.8 percent). The proliferation of tobacco product categories, flavored products, and the evolution in tobacco marketing appear to be fueling teens switching from traditional cigarettes to a new generation of tobacco products. A rapid public health response to the evolving tobacco product marketplace is needed to prevent the next generation of youth from a lifelong addiction to nicotine.