Date of Graduation

Summer 8-16-2022

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Lisa Catanzaro


Tobacco has been accessible to communities all over the world since 6,000 BC. Overtime, the tobacco industry adapted its products to become more modern and look like technology or taste like common foods and candy. In 1989 the California Department of Public Health organized the California Control Tobacco Program (CTCP) which funds many local jurisdictions in California to provide tobacco education to community members and pass local ordinance to protect the health of their community. This paper is examining the existing policies in Hollister to protect our children and young adults, end the tobacco epidemic, advocate for more comprehensive tobacco policies, and establish tobacco control as a social determinant of health. This paper will make recommendations for the City of Hollister based on current literature, policy, and publicly available discourse about tobacco control policies. When CTCP and the local jurisdictions tobacco education programs were created, it was seen that there was a lack of education on the harms of tobacco in the communities. Local jurisdictions became known in the communities and would gain support from community members to advocate for stricter tobacco laws. This pressured local policymakers to enact policies against tobacco that protect the health of the communities they served. Although, many tobacco laws have been in place there is still work to be done to protect the wellbeing of all California residents. The goal of CTCP is to end the tobacco epidemic and make all of California Tobacco Free by 2035 which will protect the wellbeing of Californians.