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Merced County

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Population: 261,609

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Survey Results

Click through the tabs to view survey results from stores that sell tobacco. The results are part of a statewide collaboration between tobacco use prevention, nutrition, alcohol prevention, and sexually transmitted disease prevention partners.

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Tobacco

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What's Changed in Merced County?

Check out some of the changes that happened in the County between the 2013-2016 Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community surveys.

Merced County

  • A new Tobacco Retail Licensing ordinance was passed in 2016 that prohibits the sale of any type of tobacco product within 1,000 feet of schools and parks.
  • The Merced County Department of Public Health has partnered with UC Merced faculty and students on the Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community Campaign. In particular, students have participated in the local tobacco control coalition and have cited their experience and findings in coursework.
  • The number of Tobacco and vape shops has significantly increased in the City of Merced. To date there are 11 smoke-shops, with most locations being near low-income neighborhoods and popular areas of the city including downtown.

Statewide

  • All CVS pharmacies and the Raley’s supermarket chain stopped selling tobacco altogether.
  • In 2016, two new state laws became effective that changed how stores sell tobacco. One increased the legal age to sale for tobacco products from 18 to 21. The other required e-cigarettes to be treated the same as a tobacco product, closing a loophole.
  • On November 8, 2016, California voters overwhelming approved Proposition 56, which added a $2 tax on cigarettes, and an equivalent rate on other tobacco products and e-cigarettes.
  • By 2014, all of the Big Tobacco companies jumped into the e-cigarette business, pouring tens of millions into advertising. And, a lot more stores, 2 out of 3, are selling e-cigarettes in California today than three years ago.

County Maps

Click through to view the amount of tobacco retailers in Merced County per topic.

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Data provided by The California Community Health Assessment Tool (CCHAT) was developed by the Stanford Prevention Research Center and GreenInfo Network,with funding from the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program grant #22RT- 0142, PI: Lisa Henriksen, PhD.

Demographics

See below for the makeup of Merced County

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