I’m concerned about the rapidly escalating amount of toxic secondhand smoke in the air from vaping, marijuana, and cigarettes. It’s practically everywhere like in places such as public parks, restaurant patios, shopping centers, transit stops, recreational faciliites, and sidewalks. The problem is only getting worse in large part to the rise of vaping and marijuana use in California. According to the California Adult Tobacco Survey, e-cigarette secondhand exposure increased more than 65% in two years, and marijuana secondhand smoke nearly doubled! As you may already know, the U.S. Surgeon General has said there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. This is the reason I’d like to encourage you to enact new and stricter smokefree policies in public and private spaces across our community.
As a resident of our city, I believe everyone has the right to breathe clean air. Yet I find myself constantly exposed to toxic secondhand smoke. Any exposure can be harmful, especially to children, older adults, and people with a disability. The consequences of secondhand smoke exposure are severe and can lead to fatal health issues such as cancer, stroke, serious respiratory illnesses and heart disease.
I’m asking for your leadership in addressing the rise of secondhand smoke in our city. You have my full support to limit the number of places people are allowed to smoke and I encourage the enforcement of such rules. I think we can all agree that it would make our city a healthier, more enjoyable place to call home.
Thank you for implementing and supporting strong smokefree policies throughout our community. As a resident, I feel a tremendous amount of pride knowing that you’ve put laws in place to keep me and my family safe from toxic secondhand smoke exposure. Your tireless work has earned our city an A on the American Lung Association’s State of Tobacco Control Report. It’s a cumulative grade based on factors such as the number of places designated smokefree and strengthening the definition of “smoke”, “smoking” or “tobacco products” to include new products, like e-cigarettes, in our community’s secondhand smoke policies.
However, we must stay vigilant as the tobacco industry continues to create new ways for people to smoke or vape. In just the last two years alone, exposure to secondhand vape and marijuana have risen dramatically across California, which makes protecting these policies even more important. Smokefree air is a fundamental right and it’s one that can often be taken for granted.
Congratulations on receiving the A, and please keep up the incredible work. Smokefree laws create strong, healthy communities. You’ll always have my support in expanding and enforcing smokefree policies in our city.