Secondhand Smoke is a health hazard, both indoors and outdoors. Research tells us that Secondhand Smoke may impact your health in many ways:
Out of the 250 harmful chemicals in Secondhand Smoke, 69 can cause cancer
Exposure to secondhand smoke increases heart disease risk
Exposure to secondhand smoke increases lung cancer risk
Children exposed to secondhand smoke experience more Asthma attacks, Ear infections, and Respiratory illnesses
There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. In outdoor dining venues, the toxic smoke from a single smoker can drift 1 to 2 tables away.
As of April 2018, there are 122 municipalities in California (PDF) that restrict smoking in all outdoor dining areas and patios. These policies ensure that customers and workers are free from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. For more information on smoke-free outdoor dining visit tobaccofreeca.com. 8 out of 10 Mariposa County Residents say Smoke-Free Outdoor Dining areas are "somewhat" or "very important"