Secondhand smoke comes from both the lit end of burning tobacco/marijuana products and smoke exhaled by a smoker. Aerosol is what someone inhales and exhales when using an electronic smoking device.

Secondhand smoke can move from one home into another when a resident smokes in their home, on a patio, on a balcony, or in an outdoor courtyard. Secondhand smoke can travel through doors, windows, hallways, plumbing, electrical systems, cabinets, closets, ceiling fans, fireplaces, and ventilation systems.

Secondhand Smoke is a Health Hazard:

  • Classified as a carcinogen by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Identified as a toxic air contaminant by the California Air Resources Board
  • Contains hundreds of toxic chemicals
  • United States Surgeon General has concluded there is no risk-free level of exposure

Thirdhand smoke is the residue left behind when someone smokes indoors. Small particles from secondhand smoke can stick to furniture, curtains, walls, and floors, as well as to a person’s hair, skin, and clothing. These particles can linger on surfaces for months and build up a residue over time.  This residue then re-emits toxins into the air inside the home.

Thirdhand Smoke is a Health Hazard:

  • Chemicals from thirdhand smoke change over time and release new pollutants
  • Long-term exposure can damage human cells and DNA
  • Associated with short- and long-term health problems such as asthma and increased cancer risk
  • Common cleaning methods will not remove thirdhand smoke

Secondhand smoke can increase risk of:

  • Asthma in both children and adults
  • Breathing problems
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Lung cancer
  • Deaths from fires

The Los Angeles County Tobacco Control and Prevention Program can send a letter to your housing management company/owner, indicating that there has been a complaint from a tenant about exposure to secondhand smoke in their home environment. Call (213) 351-7890 or email [email protected].

  • Try to reach an agreement with your neighbor to limit where and when they smoke.
  • Ask your landlord or property manager to make certain areas or all areas of the building smoke-free.
  • Get involved with local coalitions in your area that are working to reduce secondhand smoke in home environments.
  • Find out if your city has a smoke-free housing policy. Contact your city’s Code Enforcement office.

Currently, 16 cities in LA County have adopted an ordinance that prohibits smoking in multi-unit housing:

  1. Calabasas
  2. Glendale
  3. Santa Monica
  4. South Pasadena
  5. Burbank
  6. Pasadena
  7. Compton
  8. Baldwin Park
  9. Carson
  10. Huntington Park
  11. Temple City
  12. Culver City
  13. Manhattan Beach
  14. El Monte
  15. Beverly Hills
  16. Bell Gardens

If your city doesn’t have a smoke-free housing policy, your landlord may adopt a voluntary policy that prohibits smoking marijuana and electronic smoking devices for vaping.

You may contact your local City or the Los Angeles County Tobacco Control and Prevention Program at (213) 351-7890 or email [email protected] to learn more about smoke-free properties and city policies.

For more information on legal options and services, visit ChangeLab Solutions: http://changelabsolutions.org/tobacco-control/resources-tenants

If your city doesn’t have a smoke-free housing policy, your landlord may adopt a voluntary policy that prohibits smoking marijuana and electronic smoking devices for vaping.

Before moving into the unit, ask the landlord or property manager:

  • If smoking is permitted;
  • Is it specified in the lease agreement;
  • Is the entire building/property smoke-free, or only partial coverage;
  • If a smoke-free policy is in effect, does it apply to 100% of the building, within all units, indoor common areas, outdoor common areas, and is there a designated smoking area?

You may contact your local City or the Los Angeles County Tobacco Control and Prevention Program at (213) 351-7890 or email [email protected] to learn more about smoke-free properties and city policies.

For more information on legal options and services, visit ChangeLab Solutions: http://changelabsolutions.org/tobacco-control/resources-tenants

If your city has a smoke-free housing policy, marijuana smoking is automatically included. Properties with two or more dwellings are considered multi-unit housing, including apartment buildings, condominium complexes, senior and assisted living facilities, and long-term health care facilities.

If you are exposed to marijuana smoke, contact the management company or the owner of your building. You can also contact the County Office of Marijuana Management at [email protected], or contact your city.

Learn more: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/sapc/Prop64/Proposition64.htm

Most city policies do not cover single family homes. However, all Public Housing Authorities in LA County have no-smoking policies for their properties.

California Civil Code §1947.5 authorizes landlords of multi-unit housing complexes to prohibit smoking on their properties.

If you want to learn more about smoke-free policies or you are interested in adopting a voluntary smoke-free policy, contact the Los Angeles County Tobacco Control and Prevention Program at (213) 351-7890 or [email protected], or contact S.A.F.E. (Smoke-free Air for Everyone) at (818) 363-4220.

Resources

TCPP Hotline: LA County Tobacco Control & Prevention Program

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
Main: (213) 351-7890
Email: [email protected]