CSAC Bulletin Article

Addressing Tobacco and Cannabis Smoke in Multi-Unit Housing

February 18, 2021

The Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and the American Lung Association, California are hosting the webinar Addressing Secondhand Smoke: Tobacco and Cannabis Smoke In Multi-Unit Housing. Sponsored by the California Tobacco Control Program, the webinar is scheduled for Thursday, February 24, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and will address how communities can tackle significant health risks caused by exposure to secondhand tobacco and e-cigarette aerosols, specifically in multi-unit housing.

In California, approximately 32 percent of the state’s residents live in multi-unit housing, and many of these individuals are from marginalized groups —racial and ethnic minorities, people of low socioeconomic status, people with low academic attainment, and people without health insurance. As a result, these groups disproportionately bear the health burdens associated with secondhand smoke from tobacco, e-cigarettes, and cannabis.

This webinar is designed to discuss the following:

  • The legal and policy considerations for addressing exposure to secondhand smoke to engender health justice;
  • The best practices for developing, adopting, implementing, and enforcing comprehensive smoke-free multi-unit housing policies addressing tobacco, e-cigarettes, and cannabis;
  • Opportunities for government officials and health departments interested in implementing smoke-free policy options that are more protective of public health; and
  • Community engagement and capacity building in the smoke-free multi-unit housing context.

Local government staff and interested parties can register for the webinar, here.

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