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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:

Resources for Local Advocates
Comprehensive MatrixComprehensive Outdoor Secondhand Smoke Ordinances: June 2016
Table of Outdoor AirTable of Comprehensive Outdoor Secondhand Smoke Ordinances: June 2016
Recreation Areas June 2016List of Municipalities that Restrict Smoking in Recreation Areas: June 2016
SF Dining ThumbnailList of Municipalities that Restrict Smoking in Outdoor Dining Areas: March 2014
SF Entryways ThumbnailList of Municipalities that Restrict Smoking in Entryways: March 2014
SF Public Events ThumbnailList of Municipalities that Restrict Smoking at Public Events: March 2014
SF Service Areas thumbnailList of Municipalities that Restrict Smoking in Service Areas: March 2014
SFOA Policy Wonk ThumbnailBecoming a Policy Wonk on Comprehensive Outdoor Secondhand Smoke Ordinances: March 2014

Additional Resources
Five Phases to Victory: Promoting Smokefree Policies in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Facilities: 2012Five Phases to Victory: Promoting Smokefree Policies in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Facilities: 2012

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