All Secondhand Smoke Is Harmful
Just because it doesn’t smell like a cigarette doesn’t mean it’s not a health risk. There’s no such thing as safe secondhand smoke. Any secondhand smoke exposure can deliver enough nicotine to alter the brain and dozens of chemicals that can increase your risk of cancer. Here are dangers specific to various smoking products:
- Vape: At least 10 chemicals identified in vape aerosol are on California’s Proposition 65 list of cancer-causing and reproductive toxic chemicals
- Marijuana: Secondhand marijuana smoke contains many of the same cancer-causing substances and toxic chemicals as secondhand tobacco smoke. In one study, 3 out of 4 kids whose parents smoked marijuana in the house had tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in their bloodstream.
- Cigarettes: There are 70 cancer-causing chemicals in secondhand smoke, causing approximately 7,330 deaths from lung cancer and 33,950 deaths from heart disease each year in the US.
- Hookah: Secondhand hookah smoke contains carbon monoxide and other toxic chemicals which can cause lung, bladder and oral cancer.
- Cigarillos: Secondhand smoke from cigarillos contains the same toxic chemicals as cigarette smoke.
You can be exposed to secondhand smoke both indoors and out in public:
- Indoors: In your home, apartment, condo or some workplaces.
- Outdoors: Sidewalks, entryways, parks, trails, restaurant dining patios, festivals, concerts, or other organized events and outdoor worksites.
Learn What Your City Is Doing About It
After decades of decline, secondhand smoke exposure is rapidly increasing because of vaping and e-cigarette use, and it’s up to you to educate yourself on the policies in your community that protect your family. Since cities in Solano County enact their own smokefree policies, local policies can build on statewide smokefree laws and expand to more places and spaces to protect you and your family.
See what your city is—or is not—doing to protect you in the American Lung Association’s Solano County Local Report Card:
Click HERE to contact your local leaders and let them know you want a completely smokefree community.
Learn more about the risks of secondhand smoke and how to fight back at secondhanddangers.org or contact Areli Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the Tobacco Free Solano coalition.
Updated: April 22, 2021
REPORT SHOWS BIG TOBACCO USES MENTHOL TO TARGET COMMUNITIES OF COLOR IN SOLANO
This April, state and county researchers released a report featuring findings from a survey conducted at Solano County’s tobacco retailers. The study reveals the tobacco industry has ratcheted up their marketing, pushing more flavored and menthol products that pose a threat to young people and vulnerable communities. Solano County topped the list for menthol cigarette sales among California counties, with over 96 percent of retailers stocking mentholated products, compared to 88 percent statewide and only 17 percent in San Francisco, where menthol is highly regulated.
Big tobacco is making a killing across Solano County thanks to menthol, flavors and new products you’ve never seen before. The industry targets our communities with in-your-face advertising, coupons and discounts because they think we are easy money. They get cash. We get killed.
Fight back today at www.wearenotprofitsolano.org.
PRESS RELEASE – Report shows that tobacco companies target young, communities of color in Solano County (VibeSolano) 04-22-21
Keeping your lungs healthy is essential – today and in the future
We’re all at home more, and for many this means more exposure to secondhand smoke or more opportunities to smoke and vape. Since we know this can damage lungs, and leads to a higher risk for a more severe COVID-19 infection, now is a great time to consider quitting and to talk to your landlord about restricting smoking in your complex.
A great resource for quitting during a pandemic can be found at www.nobutts.org/covid. Do it for your health and for your neighbors!
And whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, you can click on our Smoke-Free Environments tab above to find out how to create smoke-free living in your apartment complex.