Prevent Thirdhand Smoke: Laws & Policies

Thirdhand smoke is a toxic residue that sticks to surfaces and objects. People come into contact with thirdhand smoke when their skin touches a surface where thirdhand smoke has collected, when they breathe in thirdhand smoke chemicals that are in the air, and when they swallow residue that are on objects that they put in their mouths. You have the right to not be exposed to toxic tobacco pollution.

On this page, you will find information regarding the laws and policies that are in place to protect people from thirdhand smoke exposure. You can find communication strategies for expressing support for thirdhand smoke protection policies.

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What policies protect me from thirdhand smoke in my workplace?

Thirdhand smoke is the chemical residue from tobacco smoke. It is also called “tobacco smoke residue” or “stale tobacco smoke.” The chemicals in thirdhand smoke are toxic to humans, especially children. Thirdhand smoke can linger for years in dust and on household surfaces. It can also become embedded in carpets,...

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