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.
New Minimum Age for
Buying Tobacco Products
This month California increased the minimum age of sale for tobacco products in our state from 18 to 21 and, for the first time, added e-cigarettes to the existing definition of tobacco products. California is the second state in the nation, following Hawaii, to raise the minimum age for tobacco sales to 21. California Department of Public Health reports "about 34,000 Californians die each year from tobacco use. Tobacco-related diseases cost Californians $18 billion each year in both direct and indirect healthcare costs due to premature death and low productivity due to illness."
Improving Housing & Health
The SF Bay Area currently faces an unprecedented housing crisis that threatens the health of the region. Addressing the housing crisis is critical in avoiding a preventable public health crisis. Alameda County has census tracts with concentrations of lower life expectancy and higher rates of poverty. There is a seven year difference in lifespan (83 vs. 76 years) between those living in higher compared to lower income neighborhoods. That said, we can make a difference if we move past business as usual to implement meaningful solutions that address both short- and long-term housing challenges. Learn more