Resources & Advocacy

Click here for a review of the data we have collected thus far. Tobacco Harm Reduction Interim Data Report 11-10-20

The following are scholarly or governmental citations, educational links, resources for those interested in changing their tobacco use, related research and intervention projects, and advocacy links. Check back as we will periodically update these listings.

Government and Research Resources

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, information on the link between tobacco use and mental illness

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use and quitting among individuals with behavioral health conditions

National Library of Medicine, information on e-cigarettes. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2018). Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes. (Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press)

Foundation for a Smoke Free World Independent, nonprofit organization committed to reducing deaths and diseases caused by smoking. Its mission is to end smoking in this generation globally.

San Francisco Area Tobacco Intervention, Medications and Nicotine Replacement Resources

Nicotine Replacement Tobacco Products
San Francisco residents may qualify for a limited supply of free nicotine patches through the S.F. Department of Public Health’s SF Tobacco Free Project. Call (628) 206-6074.

Medi-Cal recipients are eligible for two “quit attempts” per year. Each includes 90 days of FDA-approved tobacco-cessation meds and four 10-minute sessions of individual, group or phone counseling. Pregnant tobacco users have access to additional services.

Chantix (varenicline) Is covered by Medicare with a Prior Authorization form, depending on your plan. It is not automatically covered by Medi-Cal. You may need to have tried and failed other quit-smoking methods first.

Smoking Cessation/Reduction Resources

California Smoker’s Helpline, a free telephone service (1-800-NO-BUTTS/1-800-662-8887) that offers self-help materials, referrals to local programs, one-on-one counseling to quit smoking, and special services for teens, pregnant women and tobacco chewers. Services are available in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese.

San Francisco Tobacco Free Project  lists local resources for reducing tobacco use and offers free support groups: text/phone support, Spanish-speaking groups and groups specifically for trans or nonbinary individuals.

Local Resources

Vape Shops, Daly City
Vape Dreams (650) 731-4861, 16 Washington St.
Six Fifty Smoke Shop (650) 755-2650, 2394 Junipero Serra Blvd.
Sensual Cloud Vapor (415) 769-5528, 6340 Mission St.

Vape Shops, Oakland
Twilight Zone (510) 208-5420, 1929 Broadway
New City Plus Smoke/Vape Shop, 2956 Telegraph Ave.

Advocacy Links and Projects

Consumer Advocates for Smoke Free Alternatives Association  Advocates for ensuring the availability of reduced-harm alternatives to smoking and for providing smokers and nonsmokers with honest information about alternatives so they can make informed choices.

Knowledge, Action, Change  Promoting health through harm reduction