Secondhand Smoke

All secondhand exposure produced by cigarettes, e-cigarettes and vaping devices, cigarillos, hookah, and marijuana, can be harmful to your health and the health of your family.

Secondhand smoke is a serious public health problem.

There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Secondhand smoke drifts through doors, windows, hallways, and ventilation ducts, and through gaps around outlets, fixtures, and walls.

Secondhand smoke can cause a variety of serious illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and asthma.

Secondhand smoke harms children by increasing the risk of asthma attacks, ear infections, respiratory infections, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and behavioral problems.

Secondhand smoke can worsen existing health conditions among elderly and disabled people.

Secondhand smoke particles can linger in air for over an hour after smoking.

Secondhand smoke can worsen existing health conditions among elderly and disabled people.

Thirdhand smoke

Thirdhand smoke is tobacco smoke residue that remains in indoor environments, reacts with air to make additional pollutants, and re-emits from surfaces back into the air.

The smoke from tobacco products sticks to indoor surfaces such as walls, windows, furniture, and floors. It does not simply blow away.

Thirdhand smoke sticks to skin, hair, and clothing, and can be transferred into environments where smoking is not allowed.

Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing

What can be done?

The ability to live in a smokefree home is a choice that everyone should have.

Communities across the state have taken steps to address this issue by passing laws that limit or prohibit smoking in and around multi-family housing, including the establishment of non-smoking units and non-smoking common areas.

There are policy options to improve and protect residents from secondhand and thirdhand smoke from tobacco products and marijuana:

1. Smoke/vape free laws in multi-unit housing complexes in any jurisdiction in the County of Napa.

2. Smoke-free laws to eliminate smoking/vaping in outdoor areas.