DUARTE, CA – The City of Duarte Public Safety Department has received a $318,348 State grant to combat the illegal sale of cigarettes and tobacco products to minors. Duarte was one of 71 local entities throughout the state to receive funds from the approximately $37.5 million grant program. The City will utilize these dollars to conduct tobacco education programs directed at minors, young adults and their parents; promote positive youth development through a targeted outreach campaign benefiting Duarte and Monrovia residents. Funds will help install signage at designated public non-smoking areas. In partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills, law enforcement agencies, and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will also establish a task force and conduct a variety of educational and regulatory operations.
"Tobacco remains a very serious public health concern,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “These grants will provide additional tools to law enforcement to help educate kids about the dangers of smoking and help local communities enforce laws against selling tobacco products to minors.”
Proposition 56 (Prop. 56), the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016, was approved by voters in November 2016. Effective April 2017, it raised the cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, with an equivalent increase on other tobacco products. Prop. 56 specifically allocated $30 million of revenue to be distributed annually by the California Department of Justice to local law enforcement agencies for the support and hiring of peace officers for various activities, including investigations intended to reduce the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors.
The City Duarte has served as a leader in local peace and youth violence intervention and prevention programming efforts for over 10 years in the San Gabriel Valley. Working to break cycles is an important focus of the area's anti-gang strategy, as well as reducing the racial and ethnic disparity in the juvenile justice system. Duarte has also developed successful prevention and intervention programs, as well as reintegration strategies that benefit the unincorporated areas of Monrovia, Arcadia, and Duarte, in addition to the City of Monrovia. As a result of these efforts, the City and its numerous community partners including Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills, Santa Anita Family YMCA, and Sheriff’s Youth Activity League at Pamela Park have been the successful recipients of three separate CalGRIP grant awards since 2010, totaling approximately $1.5 million. These dollars have helped the City consistently provide opportunities for at-risk youths that redirect their energies into positive channels, such as working on City beautification projects, develop work skills and opportunity to positively connect to their community.
For more information about the Tobacco Control grant or youth prevention programs, contact Duarte Public Safety at 626 357-7938 or visit www.accessduarte.com