Breathe actively works to protect Sacramento area residents from secondhand smoke exposure in multi-unit housing, on community college and on the street and by implementing policies to protect healthy lungs.
Secondhand smoke is the smoke that comes out a smoker’s mouth, or off of their tobacco product they are smoking. Exposure to secondhand smoke kills over 40,000 people in the United States every year who have never smoked. There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke – even short-term exposure can trigger a heart attack, while longer term exposure causes lung cancer, heart disease and stroke. In children and babies, secondhand smoke exposure can cause sudden infant death syndrome, lung problems, ear infections, and asthma attacks.
Programs Eliminating Tobacco Use
Breathe actively works to protect Sacramento area residents from secondhand smoke exposure in multi-unit housing. We maintain a website that lists apartment complexes and their smoke-free policies, so that prospective renters can be informed about what level of protection from secondhand smoke they would have if they live at the property. In addition to proposing and advocating for municipal level policies in cities within the Sacramento region, we also work with the Thumbs Up Thumbs Down (TUTD) research project to eliminate the influence of tobacco in films.