Health at Risk: Policies Are Needed to End Cigarette, Marijuana, and E-cigarette Secondhand Smoke in Multi-Unit Housing in Los Angeles
Secondhand smoke from tobacco causes approximately 33,950 deaths from heart disease and 7,330 deaths from lung cancer in the United States each year. Between 1964 and 2014, 2.5 million people died from exposure to secondhand smoke.
Despite an increasing number of smoke-free local laws in the last 10 years, the proportion of Californians reporting exposure to secondhand smoke from tobacco, marijuana, and e-cigarette vapor continues to rise. Residents of market-rate, privately-owned multi-unit housing (e.g., apartments) are particularly at risk of drifting secondhand smoke. In a 2019 study conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR) that included 4,800 tenants and 176 multi-unit housing owners in the City of Los Angeles, 49% of tenants reported exposure to drifting secondhand smoke, including tobacco (39%), marijuana (36%), and e-cigarette (9%).
Join Peggy Toy, director of the Health DATA Program, and Catherine Yount, public policy analyst, on Wednesday, May 20, as they share findings from this important study, which highlights the high level of secondhand smoke in multi-unit housing and gaps in existing voluntary smoke-free policies. Presenters will discuss the need for a consistent implementation and enforcement plan to prevent exposure to secondhand smoke for all Los Angeles residents.