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Left Behind in the Smoke

How Exemptions in California's Smokefree Workplace Act Impact Health Inequities

Tobacco Prevention

Although widely perceived as a comprehensive smokefree air law, the California Smokefree Workplace Act still does not prohibit smoking in workplaces such as hotels, cabs of trucks, warehouses, long term health care facilities, and workplaces located outdoors. As a result, one in seven 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 the working poor and communities of color. Within the guide, descriptions of each exemption are formatted as standalone fact sheets that can be used when working with specific community groups. 

Download the guide today (below) and check out our other resources for smokefree workplaces

You may also be interested in a new infographic about secondhand smoke exposure in the workplace developed by the California Tobacco Control Program, a program of the California Department of Public Health.