We recognize that residents are more than mere consumers of public health services. In addition to health services, our health department is involved in a variety of community-based activities that engage residents in the planning, evaluation and implementation of health activities in their communities. Many of those services and activities are profiled on this site.
E-Cigarettes: A Community Threat
California Department of Public Health has issued a health advisory warning Californians of the toxicity of electronic cigarettes. E-cigarettes are battery operated, deliver a nicotine-containing aerosol, and are sold in a variety of candy, fruit and alcohol flavors. Their popularity among teens and young adults has surged, with those groups three times more likely to use e-cigarettes than older adults. The vapor emitted by e-cigarettes has been found to contain at least 10 chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. See the State Health Officer’s Report on E-Cigarettes.
FDA Proposes Changes to Nutrition Facts Label
The FDA is proposing to update the Nutrition Facts label introduced 20 years ago. The labels, found on most food packages in the U.S., help consumers make informed food choices. In addition to refreshing the label design, the proposed changes will increase understanding of nutrition science (e.g. the impacts of sugar, sodium, potassium, trans and saturated fat). New labels also would update serving size requirements to reflect how consumers actually eat and drink today. For larger packages manufacturers would have to provide dual labels to indicate "per serving" and "per package".