Second hand smoke is the combination of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette and the smoke breathed out by smokers. There is no safe amount of secondhand smoke. There about 41,000 premature deaths a year from people who have never smoked. (3)
Smoke does not just stay in one apartment when smoking in multi unit housing (MUH) 51% of all renters live in MUH . 21% of the renters have one or more kids under the age of 18. (3) Smoke can enter through:
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“Smoke is smoke. Both tobacco and marijuana smoke impair blood vessel function similarly. People should avoid both, and governments who are protecting people against secondhand smoke exposure should include marijuana in those rules.”
-Matthew Springer, cardiovascular researcher and Associate Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Secondhand smoke from combusted marijuana contains fine particulate matter that can be breathed deeply into the lungs, which can cause lung irritation, asthma attacks, and makes respiratory infections more likely. Exposure to fine particulate matter can exacerbate health problems especially for people with respiratory conditions like asthma, bronchitis, or COPD. 6
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Secondhand marijuana exposure impairs blood vessel function. Published studies on rats show that thirty minutes of exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke at levels comparable to those found in restaurants that allow cigarette smoking led to substantial impairment of blood vessel function. Marijuana smoke exposure had a greater and longer-lasting effect on blood vessel function than exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. 6
Infants are 22% more likely to die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) if exposed to 20 cigarettes a week. (4)