There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure. Visit the Secondhand Smoke section to learn about how toxic secondhand smoke really is.
- Make your home and car a nonsmoking environment. Do not be afraid to ask smokers to respect your request.
- Ensure that there is no smoking at your childcare facility by asking if it is a smoke-free campus 24/7, which is required by law. Report violations to your local health department.
- Inquire if your child’s school grounds are 100 percent smoke-free. If you find that smoking is allowed in outdoor areas, voice your concern to the administration.
- If you encounter smoking at a designated nonsmoking event, contact your local health department to voice your concern.
- Encourage your faith community to create a 100 percent smoke-free policy for the entire church grounds.
- When looking for a new home, tell landlords that you want smoke-free housing.
- Check the smoke-free apartment registry for non-smoking rental options.
- Encourage your landlord to adopt smoke-free housing policies and explain that it is legal to do so. Click here for information on how to establish smoke-free policies.
- Talk to your neighbors about their interest in smoke-free units and smoke-free outdoor areas. Craft a signature petition supporting smoke-free housing units and present it to the owner/manager.
- If you experience secondhand smoke drifting into your apartment, notify your landlord immediately. Visit the Resources page for additional help.
- Support smoke-free outdoor dining by frequenting establishments that have adopted such policies. Thank those establishments that have smoke-free outdoor dining policies.
- Voice your concern to your waiter and management if they allow smoking on outdoor patios. Encourage them to adopt a smoke-free dining policy.