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Important: Keep Children Away From Second and Thirdhand Smoke!

  • Secondhand smoke (SHS) contains poisons that can cause children to have asthma attacks, allergies, lung problems, ear infections, birth defects, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • There is no safe level of exposure to SHS.
  • Children who live where someone smokes need care in the hospital more than children who live in smoke-free homes.
  • Thirdhand smoke refers to toxic chemicals from smoke that stay on soft surfaces: clothes, skin, hair, carpets, blankets, furniture, toys, car seats and even sticks to dust particles.
  • Poisons in thirdhand smoke are especially harmful to babies who crawl and put things in their mouth.

Smoke-Free Housing is Important and it is Legal

  • Children are around SHS at home more than any other place.
  • SHS moves from one apartment to another through open windows and doors, through cracks in walls and floors, and even through the heating system and pipes.
  • Smoke stays in walls, floors, furniture, clothes, and toys and can pollute the air for months.
  • Air filters cannot remove the poisons from the air.
  • Most people, including apartment owners and even smokers, agree that half of all apartments should be smoke-free.
  • Apartment owners can make a rule that makes apartments smoke-free.
  • Smoke-free areas can include patios and balconies as well as the inside of apartments.

Things You Can Do to Protect Your Family from Secondhand Smoke

  • Talk to your neighbors if smoke is coming into your unit from theirs.
  • Ask your owner or manager to make smoke-free apartments.
  • Write a letter to the owner or manager and tell them about how smoke from someone else's apartment is bothering you.
  • Join with other tenants who also want to have smoke-free apartments.

Further Questions

For more information, contact Felicia Flores-Workman at 707-784-8901

Market Demand: 82% of California renters prefer to live in a non-smoking apartment complex.

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