Addressing Secondhand Smoke: Tobacco and Cannabis Smoke in Multiunit Housing

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Date: 
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke and e-cigarette aerosol can pose significant health risks to people who do not smoke or use e-cigarettes. Secondhand cannabis smoke contains many of the same chemicals as smoke from tobacco, including chemicals linked to lung cancer, and may compromise the health of children, those with respiratory conditions, and others. Because secondhand smoke can easily travel from unit to unit, people who live in multi-unit housing are especially vulnerable to the health risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke and aerosol. Approximately 32 percent of California’s population lives in multi-unit housing, and many of these individuals are from marginalized groups —racial and ethnic minorities, people of low socio-economic status, people with low academic attainment, and people without health insurance. As a result, these groups disproportionately bear the health burdens associated with secondhand smoke from tobacco, e-cigarettes, and cannabis. This webinar is designed to address how communities can tackle this public health inequity.

This webinar discusses:
1. The legal and policy considerations for addressing exposure to secondhand smoke to engender health justice;
2. The best practices for developing, adopting, implementing, and enforcing comprehensive smoke-free multi-unit housing polices addressing tobacco, e-cigarettes, and cannabis;
3. Opportunities for government officials and health departments interested in implementing smoke-free policy options that are more protective of public health; and
4. Community engagement and capacity building in the smoke-free multi-unit housing context.

Resources:
Webinar Slides

Presenters:
Liz Williams, American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation
Andrew Twinamatsiko, Public Health Law Center
Paul Knepprath, Voices for Healthy Kids

Moderator:
Liz Hendrix, California Tobacco Control Program