Lung Association Calls for Smokefree Policies as California Reopens

As the economy fully reopens across the state of California, the American Lung Association urges all local Poway businesses to reopen with smokefree policies that prohibit smoking and vaping on premises.

“Remaining vigilant in protecting public health shouldn’t stop as the COVID-19 pandemic ebbs,” said Pierra Moise, Health Promotions Specialist with the American Lung Association. “We should seize every opportunity to protect lung health, including guarding against the devastating impacts of exposure to secondhand smoke.”

As businesses restrictions ease and commercial life returns to pre-pandemic levels, the need for smokefree spaces remains critical. This includes ensuring restaurant patios remain smokefree. Poway is one of the few places in the County of San Diego that still permits outdoor smoking and vaping at restaurants. This presents increased risk for employees and diners, who are exposed to toxic secondhand smoke and vaping aerosols.

Nationwide, smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year including 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure.1 There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.2 A fellow diner smoking or vaping dozens of feet away can still present a health risk.

The American Lung Association has a variety of support programs to help people quit using tobacco and to support businesses, including restaurants, in going smokefree.


  1. https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/index.htm
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/secondhand_smoke/health_effects/index.htm
     
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