Legal Community

Why Secondhand Smoke Constitutes a Legal Issue for Residents

Brief summary of the issue from the Public Health Law Center:

Scientific evidence on the toxicity of secondhand tobacco smoke is both overwhelming and indisputable. The complex mixture of gases and particles that make up secondhand smoke (also known as environmental tobacco smoke) contains at least 250 chemicals known to be lethal, including more than 50 that can cause cancer. Medical authorities from around the world have concluded that secondhand smoke exposure causes heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and lung cancer, has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system, and causes sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, ear infections, and asthma attacks in children. In 2006, the U.S. Surgeon General concluded there is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure and that regulating smoking through smoke-free laws and policies is the most effective way to protect individuals from exposure.

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Jeffco Smoke-Free Housing:

Supported by Amendment 35 funding, we can provide assistance with smoke-free policies in multiunit housing complexes.

Part of our goal is to provide resources for the legal community to advance smoke-free multiunit housing policies in Jefferson County. The website content provided here is a summary of materials available online and/or presented at local CLE trainings and workshops, and should not be taken as legal advice. Our hope is to provide tools to help reduce the perception of legal barriers to no-smoking policies and increase support and capacity to implement these policies.

The information included on this website is provided free of charge for the visitor’s convenience with the understanding that Jefferson County Public Health is not engaged in, nor qualified to render legal advice.  This website is intended to provide basic information about smoking and the rights of housing providers and tenants with regard to secondhand smoke exposure. Jefferson County Public Health does not warrant that the information included or referenced herein is complete, accurate and/or updated. Jefferson County Public Health disclaims any liability to any person or entity for any loss or damage caused by errors, inaccuracies or omissions, or usage of this information.  All risk of loss or damage is solely that of the user of this website. The information provided does not constitute legal advice and should not be interpreted as such.  It is not a substitute for advice by licensed, legal professionals.  Consult an attorney with any questions or concerns you may have.