Secondhand Smoke
Workplaces 1

Cancer-causing toxins produced by tobacco smoke are a great threat to health and safety in the workplace as stated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Secondhand smoke in the workplace has also been linked to an increased risk for heart disease and lung cancer among adult non-smokers.

There are currently no safe levels of secondhand smoke as determined by OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). These organizations recommend reducing secondhand smoke to the lowest possible level. This is enforced partially by the 2006 Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act. This law also prohibits smoking in all indoor areas of public places, and nearly all businesses.

The Surgeon General has said that smoke-free workplace policies are the only way to eliminate secondhand smoke exposure at work. Separating smokers from non-smokers, cleaning the air, and ventilating a building cannot prevent exposure if there are still people smoking inside the building. Workplace smoking restrictions, which are legal, can also encourage smokers to smoke less, or even quit.

  1. OSHA