Secondhand smoke exposure is proven to be harmful at any level. In 2006, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) officially declared secondhand smoke a Toxic Air Contaminant and the United States Surgeon General issued a landmark report concluding that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.
This recognition that secondhand smoke is extremely toxic has bolstered efforts by local elected officials across the state to take action to protect their residents from exposure to secondhand smoke in their communities. Communities are taking steps to protect residents in entryways around businesses, recreation areas such as parks and beaches, and other locations where people congregate, such as service lines and public events.
We track these policies and provide resources for anyone wishing to implement similar policies in their own communities. These resources are below: