Risks of secondhand smoke and vapor
Reduced exposure to secondhand smoke protects your health:
- It is a mixture of nicotine and toxic chemicals. It is exhaled when you smoke things like cigarettes, hookah or marijuana.
- Non-smokers who breathe it take in nicotine and other toxic chemicals.
- It kills about 47,000 adults and 400 infants in the U.S. per year.
- There is no safe level of exposure.
Smoking is banned smoking indoors in public places and workplaces. This includes smoking:
- A Pipe.
- A Cigar.
- A Cigarette.
- A Hookah.
- A Vape.
- An E-Cigarette.
There are laws that protect you:
- The Smoking in Public Places Act. This bans smoking inside in places like bars and restaurants
- Our local Smoking in Public Places Regulations. This is in chapter 8 of the Environmental Health Code.
- Initiative 502. This allows the use of marijuana only in private places.
- Restrictions on vapor products. This is chapter 9 of the Environmental Health Code.
- Washington State Vapor Products.
Businesses that allow smoking and vaping will face:
- Civil penalties.
- Re-inspection fees.
- Additional legal action.
You can report smoking or vapor product regulation violations online or call (253) 798-6400.
Because of funding cuts, we can no longer respond to all complaints.
Do you have questions?
- You can contact Angela Boyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 442-0352.
- To request ”no smoking or vaping” signs, you can call (253) 798-6400.
- Smoke-Free Housing—This is a list of Pierce County apartments that don’t allow smoking