Environmental Tobacco Smoke Information

This page last reviewed August 11, 2015

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This page provides information on Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS), also known as Secondhand Smoke (SHS). Here you will find links to summary information on exposure to ETS and potential health effects.
If you have any questions, please contact Robert Krieger at (916) 323-1202. Information on this page will be updated regularly.

Background Information

National Cancer Institute Q & A Sheet Provides information on ETS, its health effects and how exposure to ETS is being reduced.
Environmental Protection Agency ETS as a carcinogen, the health risks and select studies done to date.
Mayo Clinic Article Explains the dangers of ETS, including what chemicals are in it.
Tobacco Control and Prevention Program Los Angeles County Department of Health Services: flyer on ETS and its health effects.

Environmental Tobacco Smoke in the News

California Department of Health Services New data and anti-smoking ads highlight dangers of drifting secondhand smoke in apartments, affecting diverse populations

Health Effects of Environmental Tobacco Smoke

OEHHA Pamphlet on ETS and Children Brochure explaining ETS health effects on children (English and Spanish).
National Cancer Institute News Article ETS linked to lung cancer and other health effects.
Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights The Science of Secondhand Smoke
University of California, Davis ETS harmful to infants lungs
Environmental Protection Agency Brochure Secondhand Tobacco Smoke and Your Family

ETS Legislation and Policies

Tobacco Control Laws Provides information on state legislated actions on tobacco issues
California Smoke-Free Workplace Act Provides links to fact sheets and articles on this law and its enforcement
OC Register Irvine Bans Smoking in Parks
Zagat Restaurant Survey More Evidence that New York City's Smoke-Free Law Is Not Hurting Business

ETS Exposure

U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development Smoke Free Housing Tools Toolkit to help federally assisted housing managers adopt smoke free policies
Smoke-Free Environments Law Project Power-Point Presentations on Smoke-Free Environments Issues
Secondhand Smoke and Casinos Fact sheet on the health effects and public impact of smoking in casinos
In Your Workplace Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights information sheet on smoke exposure in the workplace
Smoke-Free Housing Website on smoke-free housing options
Smoke-Free Home Pledge Follow this link to take the "Smoke-Free Home Pledge"
Need Help Quitting? American Lung Association's on-line quitting program
Smokefree Housing Model Ordinance This link contains a model ordinance to help California cities and counties limit exposure to SHS in multi-unit residences.

Scientific Research and Government Reports

2006 Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment Memorandum Provides information on ETS as a Toxic Air Contaminant (TAC) that may be especially harmful to infants and children, including a link to the 2006 OEHHA report
News Release: ETS identified as a Toxic Air Contaminant News Release issued by the California Air Resources Board informing the public of its decision to add secondhand smoke to its list of toxic air contaminants
2005 California Air Resources Board Report Contains links to the full 2005 report proposing the identification of ETS as a TAC in addition to public comments and public hearing notices
2006 Surgeon General Report The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
Environmental Health Perspectives Trends in the Exposure of Nonsmokers in the U.S. Population to Secondhand Smoke: 1988 - 2002