Secondhand Marijuana Exposure is Increasing

As more states legalize marijuana for recreational or medical use, there can be significant implications for current and future smokefree protections.

smoke is still smoke

Marijuana, just like other forms of smoking or vaping, is not “safe” compared to breathing clean air.

Secondhand marijuana smoke contains hazardous fine particulates and hundreds of chemicals, similar to secondhand tobacco smoke. For workers and the public, it can become another source of indoor air pollution.  Nobody should have to breathe drifting secondhand smoke of any kind in the job, in an apartment building, or in other shared air spaces.

Supporting decriminalization of marijuana  does not mean that non-users should have to breathe the secondhand emissions.

As of January 2019, 443 localities and 18 states/territories/commonwealths restrict marijuana use in some or all smokefree spaces. Of these, 228 localities and 11 states prohibit smoking and vaping of recreational and medical marijuana in one or more of the following venues: non-hospitality workplaces, restaurants, bars, and/or gambling facilities.

States with Legalized Marijuana

This map shows which U.S. states have legalized marijuana.

State and Local Laws Prohibiting Smoking AND Vaping Marijuana

This map shows which U.S. states and municipalities have laws that prohibit smoking and vaping marijuana workplaces, restaurants, bars, and/or gambling facilities.

Protecting Nonsmokers from Secondhand Marijuana Smoke

This position paper provides information on marijuana smoke, policy trends, opposition arguments, case studies, and much more!

Secondhand Marijuana Smoke Fact Sheet

This fact sheet describes the potential health hazards of secondhand marijuana smoke exposure.

Smokefree is Smokefree Info Sheet

This one page info sheet provides information on chemicals found in marijuana smoke; graphics; and recommendations for including marijuana in smokefree policies.

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