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Privacy Policy

Welcome to the TobaccoFreeCA website, operated by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). CDPH is the sole owner of the information collected on this website. Information is collected for the purpose of analyzing how many visitors use this site, seeing how long patrons stay on the site, and which sections they view. This information is archived for future reference to understand the interests and needs of our visitors.

This site utilizes Google Analytics to track these statistics. This information will not be traded or sold. For the full Google Privacy Policy, click here. This website contains links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of those websites.

If you have questions or comments about our privacy practices, would like to stop receiving information from us, or would like to remove, correct or update information you have provided to us via this Web site, please contact us either by sending an e-mail to TCSwebmaster@cdph.ca.gov, or by sending a letter to:

California Department of Public Health
CDIC/Tobacco Control Section
MS 7206
P.O. Box 997377
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377

If you would like to remove, correct or update information, please provide us with sufficient information to locate the record that you wish to be removed, corrected or updated. We will attempt to comply with your request, but we cannot promise to do so.

If you choose to submit information to us, it will be transmitted through secure lines to our departmental database. Any private information will only be used for the purposes which it was provided and will not be shared with another entity except as required or permitted by law.

By accessing any area of this website, you agree to the terms of use below:

Copyright

All content on this website, including text, articles, bulletin board postings, photos, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio, video, typefaces, HTML and software (collectively, "Content") is the property of CDPH or its content suppliers and is protected by copyright and other proprietary rights. You may not modify, remove, delete, augment, add to, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, create derivative works from, display, perform or in any way exploit any of the Content, in whole or in part.

If no specific restrictions are displayed, you may make copies of select portions of the Content, provided that (i) the copies are made only for your personal, noncommercial use; (ii) you do not alter the materials in any way; and (iii) you do not delete or change any notices contained in the Content, such as copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights notices. Except as provided herein or as permitted by the fair use privilege under U.S. or foreign copyright laws, you may not reproduce, download, upload, post or distribute any of the Content without obtaining the prior written permission of CDPH or its content suppliers, whichever is the owner of the copyright or other proprietary right. In addition, use of any software Content shall be governed by the software license agreement accompanying the software.

Trademarks

Trademarks on this website may not be used, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, modified or distributed in any way. Nothing contained on this website should be construed as granting any license or right to use any Trademark without express written permission by CDPH.

Submissions

CDPH values dialogue with visitors to this website and welcomes your comments. However, for legal reasons, CDPH cannot and will not accept or consider unsolicited ideas, product samples, product development suggestions, photographs, illustrations, or related information and materials (collectively, "Submissions"). Accordingly, please do not send Submissions to CDPH. If, despite this express request, you send Submissions to CDPH, the Submissions will be returned to you without further action or destroyed at the sole discretion of CDPH. CDPH need not hold any Submissions in confidence and will not be liable for any use or disclosure of the Submissions prior to its return or destruction.

Communications

Any communications you transmit to this website, by email or otherwise, including any questions, comments, feedback, data or the like, will be treated as non-confidential and nonproprietary. By transmitting such communications to this website, you automatically grant, or warrant that the owner of such communications has granted, to CDPH a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, unrestricted, transferable, worldwide license to use, reproduce, publish, translate, sublicense, copy, distribute, create derivative works, import, display and perform such communications and materials, in whole or in part.

If you send us an email, you may choose to provide us with personal information or not. We use the given information to improve our service to you or to respond to your request. Sometimes we forward your email to other State employees who may be better able to help you, and this staff may be employed by a different agency within the State. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations or, as required by law, we do not share our email with any other organizations.

Third-Party Websites and Content

This website provides links to third party websites only as a convenience. Third party websites are not under the control of CDPH and CDPH is not responsible for the contents of those websites or any link contained in those websites. CDPH assumes no responsibility and makes no representations, warranties, recommendations, endorsements or approvals of any kind with regard to third party websites and their contents. CDPH is not responsible for screening, policing, editing or monitoring any third party Content that may be posted on this website, even if CDPH voluntarily undertakes such activities. If notified of allegedly infringing, defamatory, damaging, illegal or offensive conduct, CDPH may investigate the allegation and determine, in its sole discretion, whether to remove such Content from this website. Despite the foregoing, CDPH cannot ensure prompt editing or removal of questionable content after online posting. Accordingly, CDPH shall assume no liability for action or inaction with respect to third party conduct, communication or Content on this website.

Disclaimers

This website is provided by CDPH on an "as is" and "as available" basis. CDPH makes no representations of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation or reliability of this website, the accuracy or completeness of any information on this website, or the availability, quality or safety of any products on this website. To the fullest extent permissible by applicable law, CDPH disclaims all warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. Further, CDPH does not warrant that this website and its content are free of viruses or other harmful components.

Limitation of Liability

In no event shall CDPH be liable for any damages, losses, costs or expenses of any kind arising from the use of this website, including, but not limited to, direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive and consequential damages, arising out of or in connection with the use or inability to use this website site or its content, even if CDPH has been advised of the possibility of such damages. You specifically acknowledge and agree that CDPH is not liable for any defamatory, offensive or illegal conduct of any user. If you are dissatisfied with any Content on this website, or with any of CDPH's terms of use, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using this website.

Enforceability and Change in Terms of Use

If any provision of these terms of use shall be unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these terms of use and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. CDPH reserves the right to, and may at any time, make changes to these terms of use. If CDPH does, CDPH will notify you by posting the changes here. Continuing to use this website after CDPH has posted notice of these changes means that you agree to the changes. CDPH recommends that you revisit this website page from time to time to review the current terms of use.

This website and the information it contains are provided as a public service by the State of California. This system is monitored to ensure proper operation, to verify the functioning of applicable security features, and for comparable purposes. Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring. Unauthorized attempts to modify any information stored on this system, to defeat or circumvent security features, or to utilize this system for other than its intended purposes are prohibited and may result in criminal prosecution.

This Use Policy is subject to change without notice.

Public Disclosures

In the State of California, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by State government. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public's right to access public records. These exceptions serve various needs including maintaining the privacy of individuals. Both State and federal laws provide exceptions.

All information collected at this site becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. In the event of a conflict between this Use Policy and the Public Records Act, the Information Practices Act, or other law governing the disclosure of records, the Public Records Act, the Information Practices Act, or other applicable law will control.

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