Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

City Council Live Stream: Please visit https://www.cityofberkeley.info/CalendarEventWebcastMain.aspx

ZAB Live Stream: Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx.

The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

PG&E is reporting a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers in Berkeley and many City buildings, including the Finance Customer Service Center and the Permit Service Center. Call respective City services for further details, or check the PG&E outage page. Power is expected to return by 12:45pm. Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

Translation Disclaimer

Public Health Division
Public Health Division

Tobacco Facts and The Environment

City of Berkeley Public Health Division
1947 Center Street, Second Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704
Map to Public Health Division

510-981-5330 (Phone)   510-981-5395 (Fax)   510-981-6903 (TDD)

Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

  • Each day in California 300 youth light up for the first time, about one-third of them will die from a tobacco related disease.

  • The World Health Organization has predicted that by the year 2025, 500 million people worldwide will have died from a tobacco related illness. This is the equivalent to a Titanic sinking every 43 minutes for 27 years.

  • Tobacco use kills more people everyday than three jumbo jet crashes. 

  • Tobacco causes more deaths than AIDS, auto accidents, alcohol and drugs, homicides and suicides and fires combined.

  • Nicotine is more addictive than cocaine or alcohol. 

  • Smoking causes wrinkles, acne, yellow teeth, bad breath, heart disease, cancer. 

  • Ninety percent of all U.S. smokers start smoking as teenagers. 

  • The tobacco industry exploits the ethnic heritage of various groups, targets youth and links cigarette smoking with independence, thinness and power.

Tobacco and The Environment

  • A cigarette-manufacturing machine uses four miles of paper per hour to roll and package cigarettes.

  • The tobacco industry burns as much as one acre of forest for every acre of tobacco cured, using 12% of all the timber felled in the world.

  • On average, a tree is cut down for every 300 cigarettes (about a two-week supply for a pack-a-day smoker).

  • In Brazil, the country’s 100,000 tobacco farmers need the wood of 60 million trees a year.

  • Tobacco cultivation involves a great deal of pesticides, which must be used in the early stages of tobacco growth. Fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides poison farm workers, seep into the soil and pollute waterways and ecological systems, and poison livestock and food crops.

  • In the U.S., all cigarette butts thrown away in 1993 weighed as much as 30,800 large elephants.

  • Cigarette butts are washed into rivers, lakes and the ocean from city streets, through storm drains.  Seabirds, animals and fish eat them by mistake.  Their bodies have no way to digest the filters and they can die.

  • Cigarette butts take an average of 25 years to decompose.

The City of Berkeley, Tobacco Prevention Program is seeking to develop a buddy relationship with a health program in another country to combat tobacco's destruction to our planet.

CLICK HERE For More Information 


Contact:      QuitNow@cityofberkeley.info

Tobacco Prevention Program
City of Berkeley Public Health Division
1947 Center Street, Second Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 981-5330 (Phone)
(510) 981-5395 (Fax)

Home | Web Policy | Text-Only Site Map | Contact Us
Public Health Division, 1947 Center Street, 2nd Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704
Questions or comments? Email: publichealth@cityofberkeley.info Phone: (510) 981-5300
(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
TTY: (510) 981-6903