CEASE California – the Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure is an innovative program to reduce the burden of secondhand smoke on children by training pediatric providers to help parents quit smoking using the Ask, Assist, Connect model.CEASE gives pediatric providers the tools to help parents quit smoking and reduce the burden of second and thirdhand smoke on their children. CEASE provides a free online training, support materials, webinars, and technical support to clinics and hospitals seeking to implement the program.

CEASE California is funded by First 5 California, and with support from the California Smokers’ Helpline, the American Academy of Pediatrics. CEASE was founded by Dr. Jonathan Winickoff at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2005.

By sharing CEASE throughout the state of California, we hope to decrease the burden of secondhand smoke (SHS) and thirdhand smoke (THS) exposure and to reduce the incidence of smoking related illnesses in children in CA.

Secondhand smoke by county

Highest Priority Counties

These are the counties in California with the highest number of 0-5 year olds living with a smoker (Map 1) as identified by US Census Data and the County & Statewide Archive of Tobacco Statistics.

Number of 0-5 year olds living with a smoker
  • 8 to 1,000
  • 1,000 to 5,000
  • 5,000 to 10,000
  • 10,000 to 15,000
  • 15,000 to 25,000
  • 25,000 to 75,000
  • 75,000 to 220,000