Trying to Quit? We Can Help!

Find the method that is right for you, from group classes to text message programs.

In-Person QuitSmoking Classes in Santa Cruz County

Freedom from Smoking Class
8-week smoking cessation class with a supportive group atmosphere, run by Dominican Hospital respiratory therapists
(831) 457-7099
One-time $85 fee, No fee for Medi-Cal recipients.

One-on One Local Phone Counseling

(831) 458-1273

One-on-One Quit Counseling Over the Phone

Text Message Programs

  • This is Quitting: Text “Ditch Juul” to 88709
  • CA Smokers’ Helpline: Text “Quit Vaping” to 66819
  • American Cancer Society: Text “Quit” to 47848
  • Adults seeking to support young people: Text “Quit” to 202-899-7550

Live Chats

Other Resources

Thriving Youth and Community (TYC) is a vaping and cannabis prevention program for Santa Cruz City Schools middle and high school age students. It includes three service pathways depending on need: prevention, intervention, and cessation. More informaiton here. This is a FREE program and all services are confidential. 

Breathe Califronia is offering FREE tobacco cessation training services for organizations in Santa Cruz County. There are two options. One is an intensive, 12-15 hour training to prepare staff to facilitate a 6-week smoking cessation program. There is also a 3-4 hour introductory training to introduce participants to evidence-based assessments and referal programs for tobacco, vaping, or marijuana cessation. For more informaiton, contaact Sheila Phan at or (408) 998-5865. Breath California can also provide vaping/flavors presentations to middle and high school students. 

Spanish Language Resources


State-wide Flavored Tobacco Sales Ban Passes!

On November 8, 2022, California Voters upheld Sentate Bill 793, prohibiting retailers from selling most flavored tobacco products. For more information, visit the California Department of Public Health website. 

Scotts Valley Passes Flavored Tobacco Sales Ban

On June 15, 2022 the Scotts Valley city council banned the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol. Now all five jurisdictions in Santa Cruz County have equal protections against the sale of these products. Scotts Valley also banned smoking in outdoor dining establishments. Thank you to the city council for their leadership!

Santa Cruz and Watsonville Pass Tobacco Waste Resolutions!

In 2021, both the Santa Cruz and Watsonville city councils passed Resolutions recognizing Tobacco Waste as a Public Health and Environmental Threat. The Councils resolved to "advance policy approaches to reduce or eliminate this toxic waste in our community."  


TEC Mission Statement

The Santa Cruz County Tobacco Education Coalition (TEC) is committed to promoting and advocating a tobacco-free lifestyle and environment at the local, state, and national levels. We empower our communities to effect individual and social change through education, advocacy, collaboration, and coordination of resources.  The Coalition recognizes individual rights and cultural traditions, while encouraging community responsibility and involvement.



Report Smoking Violations
(831) 454-4319

If you want to make a complaint about a smoking violation inside a building, call (831) 454-4319 or fill out this electronic form.

Breathe California also maintains a secondhand smoke helpline for Santa Cruz County residents. Call (408) 999-0500.

Tobacco Retail Licenses (TRL)
Looking for information about how to obtain a Tobacco Retailer’s License? Click here.


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