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Left Behind in the Smoke

How exemptions in California's Smokefree Workplace Act affect health inequities

Guide
Infographic
Tobacco Prevention

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. 

Examples of exemptions in California's California Smokefree Workplace Act