Smoke is Smoke

SECONDHAND MARIJUANA SMOKE CONTAINS HUNDREDS OF CHEMICALS

Just like secondhand tobacco smoke, many of the chemicals in secondhand marijuana smoke are toxic and contain hazardous fine particles that pose a significant health risk to nonsmokers.

MARIJUANA SMOKE IS A FORM OF INDOOR AIR POLLUTION

It is important to strengthen all smokefree laws — both existing and new — to include marijuana in the definitions of smoking and vaping. Clearly define smoking as “inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, or pipe, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation, including hookahs and marijuana, whether natural or synthetic, in any manner or in any form.”

Protect Nonsmokers' Rights

If marijuana smoking is allowed indoors in public places, both employees and patrons are at risk. Secondhand smoke exposure from marijuana can cause significant health issues including breathing problems.

Many states have now legalized marijuana (also called cannabis) for medical (26, plus DC) and/or recreational use (7, plus DC), with many more considering it. A new industry for marijuana consumption is being created in the U.S. and it has one goal: to normalize marijuana use, including smoking, everywhere and to have it regulated “just like alcohol.” As the trend toward normalizing public smoking of marijuana grows, we need to be aware that more laws will likely be proposed to weaken smokefree protections and allow for broader use of smoking marijuana in public places and even in workplaces. The marijuana industry wants to accomplish this goal, in part, by borrowing tactics from Big Tobacco’s playbook and chipping away at smokefree protections.

Our position paper, Protecting Nonsmokers from Secondhand Marijuana Smoke, provides in-depth information on the hazards of marijuana secondhand smoke, industry arguments and activities, ventilation arguments, smokefree policy trends, and other resources.

Smokefree is Smokefree

SECONDHAND MARIJUANA SMOKE

contains hundreds of chemicals — just like secondhand tobacco smoke.

SECONDHAND MARIJUANA SMOKE

contains 3 times the amount of ammonia.

SECONDHAND MARIJUANA SMOKE

contains significant levels mercury, lead, formaldehyde, benzene, hydrogen cyanide, & toluene.

SECONDHAND MARIJUANA EXPOSURE

impairs blood vessel function. Read more.

Marijuana Smokefree Policy Trends

As of October 2, 2017, there are approximately 266 localities and 11 states that specifically restrict marijuana use in some or all smokefree spaces. 

Include secondhand marijuana smoke in your smokefree laws

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