Left Behind in the Smoke
How exemptions in California's Smokefree Workplace Act affect health inequities
Although widely perceived as a comprehensive smokefree air law, the California Smokefree Workplace Act still does not completely prohibit smoking in workplaces such as hotels, cabs of trucks, long-term health care facilities, and workplaces located outdoors.
As a result, 1 in 7 Californians face secondhand smoke exposure at work.
ChangeLab Solutions developed Left Behind in the Smoke to examine how exemptions in the California Smokefree Workplace Act contribute to tobacco-related health inequities, particularly among low-income communities and communities of color.
Within the guide, descriptions of each exemption are formatted as stand-alone fact sheets that can be used when working with specific community groups. We also developed a companion infographic that summarizes the exemptions to the California’s Smokefree Workplace Act.