While we are under the California Stay at Home executive order, some Californians are coping with the stress of this pandemic by smoking and vaping. Because of this, you and your family may be exposed to more secondhand smoke.
We all need healthy lungs now more than ever. When you’re exposed to secondhand smoke, it harms your lungs.1 Damaged lungs can lead to more severe symptoms of COVID-19.2 3 Even before the coronavirus pandemic, secondhand smoke exposure was on the rise in California, driven mainly from increases in e-cigarette and marijuana use.4 This is concerning because there is no safe level of secondhand smoke.5
But this isn’t a time to get angry with your smoking or vaping neighbor. Now is the time for understanding and compassion. Your neighbor isn’t smoking to hurt you or your family. They are likely smoking or vaping to cope with stress. Dealing with stress can make it hard for people to quit smoking and vaping, or to stay quit. For some, it could even lead to starting for the first time or to using more tobacco than they would normally.
If you are being exposed to secondhand smoke, there are things you can do:
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If you need additional help with addressing secondhand smoke in your home, visit Make Your Home Secondhand Smokefree.
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