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California's Clean Air Project

California's Clean Air Project


California Department of Public Health – Tobacco Control Program


Narinder Dhaliwal


This project primarily addresses the following priority population(s): American Indian and Low Income American Indian populations. California's Clean Air Project (CCAP) will work in the following geographical communities: Statewide in the 33 counties where American Indian populations reside.

CCAP shares the belief of the State and many others working in tobacco control: All workers should have the right to be protected from the dangers of SHS in their workplaces.

Objective 1: A minimum of 3 tribal casinos/resorts (e.g. Black Oak Casino, Sycuan Casino, Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino) will adopt 100% smoke-free gaming area policies and one of these and/or additional tribal casino will adopt and implement a 100% smoke-free gaming area policy.

Objective 2: A minimum of 2 Tribal Nations (e.g. Karuk, Pala) will adopt and implement a policy designating all common areas and 100% of individual units (including balconies and patios) in multi-unit housing (MUH) complexes as entirely smoke-free.

CCAP is active in the following:

  1. Conducting educational outreach and policy building infrastructure within the Tribal Nations in California to address secondhand smoke exposure.
  2. Collaborating with funded agencies throughout California and assist with relationship building on a local level with Tribal Nations.
  3. Building relationships with Native American housing leadership including members of the Nevada/California Indian Housing Association.
  4. Building relationships with Tribal Casino management including members of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association.
  5. Developing Native American populations specific educational materials and maintain a website with tools and educational materials.
  6. Using local and Native American specific media to inform the Sovereign Nations and public of project activities and increase local support for project objectives.
  7. Utilizing strategic planning sessions with target groups and local tobacco control advocates with the creation of specific advisory committees and plan project strategies.
  8. Creating a process to gather policies in one place pertaining to secondhand smoke on sovereign lands in California.
  9. Providing technical assistance to Tribal Nations and funded agencies to assist with the creation and implementation of smoke-free policies on sovereign lands.
  10. Evaluating and documenting project successes, challenges, barriers, and lessons learned.


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