Did You Know: African Americans in Multiunit Housing are Exposed to Higher Levels of Thirdhand Smoke


Secondhand smoke (SHS) is a common indoor pollutant in multiunit housing (MUH). It is also the precursor of thirdhand smoke (THS), the toxic mixture of tobacco smoke residue that accumulates in indoor environments where tobacco has been used. A newly published study examined the levels, distribution, and factors associated with THS pollution in low-income MUH. Interviews were conducted 2016-2018 in a cross-sectional study of N=220 MUH homes in San Diego, California.

Findings included:

  • Nicotine was detected in all homes of nonsmokers with indoor smoking bans and smokers regardless of an indoor ban.
  • Approximately 10% of nonsmokers’ homes with smoking bans showed nicotine levels higher than the average level in homes of smokers without smoking bans from previous studies.
  • Housing for seniors, smoking bans on balconies, indoor tobacco use, difficult to reach surfaces, and self-reported African-American race/ethnicity were independently associated with higher THS levels.
  • Individual cases demonstrated that high levels of surface nicotine may persist in nonsmoker homes for years after tobacco use even in the presence of indoor smoking bans.

The researchers recommend that to achieve MUH free of tobacco smoke pollutants, attention must be given to identifying and remediating highly polluted units to implementing smoking policies that prevent new accumulation of THS.

Source: Matt et al. (2020). Persistent Tobacco Smoke Residue in Multiunit Housing: Legacy of Permissive Indoor Smoking Policies and Challenges in the Implementation of Smoking Bans. Preventive Medicine Reports, April (in press)

Upcoming Webinars You Should Know!

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Spanish Policy Webinar May 12th: Pólizas Y Políticas En Su Comunidad

Pólizas y Políticas en Su Comunidad: Como Involucrase y Reducir el Consumo de Tabaco 

El Centro de Coordinación de Leyes y Pólizas y el Centro de Coordinación para Hispanos y Latinos los invita a participar en nuestro seminario virtual de “Pólizas y Políticas en Su Comunidad”.  Nuestros expertos explicarán los niveles de gobierno de los Estados Unidos, el proceso para formar pólizas al nivel local, y cómo crear soluciones locales que promueven la salud en su comunidad. Los participantes también aprenderán cómo su voz es necesaria para crear soluciones y pólizas locales que controlan y reducen el uso de tabaco en comunidades Latinas. El objetivo de este seminario es desarrollar capacidades y empoderar a los miembros de la comunidad para que se involucren en las actividades de su gobierno local, especialmente para crear comunidades saludables. Este seminario virtual será 100% en español.

12 de Mayo del 2020
10:00am a 11:30am
Registración: https://mitchellhamline.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZJJwnZJPTkSxwMg_i9gfXg

Policy and Politics in Your Community: Community Engagement and Reducing Tobacco Use

Join the Law and Policy Coordinating Center and the Hispanic/Latino Coordinating Center on the “Pólizas y Políticas en Su Comunidad” webinar. This webinar will be 100% in Spanish. Experts will explain the U.S. levels of governments in the local policy making process, and how to address local issues like tobacco use. Participants will also learn how their voice is necessary in the policy making process to help reduce tobacco related disparities in the Latino community. The goal of this webinar is to build capacity and empower community members to get involved in their local government, especially to promote healthy communities.

The target audience for this webinar is Spanish speaking community members but it is also highly encouraged for bilingual advocates who wish to see an example on how to explain local policy in Spanish.
For more information, please contact Karina Camacho, (916) 585-7669

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Webinar: Tribal Policy Repository Lessons Learned And Next Steps

Califonia’s Clean Air Project (CCAP)

Please join CCAP for the Tribal Policy Repository Lessons Learned and Next Steps  webinar on Thursday, May 14, 2020  from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. This webinar will highlight CCAP’s work in the adoption and implementation of smoke-free policies within tribal lands. Participants will learn about the variations in tribal policy documentation and be able to determine best practices when working with tribes regarding SHS policies.

Register here: https://join-etr.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kZpAfuUCRkS78gVzXYJ7Nw


For more information, please contact Manveer Sahota, (831) 440-2114 Ext 115

Join We Breathe and RISE for a LGBTQ/Rural webinar on April 21st!

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We Breathe: Supporting Tobacco-Free LGBTQ Communities and RISE: Rural Initiatives Strengthening Equity is proud to collaborate on a LGBTQ/Rural webinar.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) individuals continue to face greater health threats and disparities than their heterosexual peers. Importantly, LGBTQ are members of every community, and include people of all races and ethnicities, all ages, all faiths and socioeconomic statuses, and from all parts of California. Although much has changed socially and politically regarding the social and legal status of LGBTQ persons, issues of marginalization, stigmatization, and homophobia continue to plague the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ individuals in rural environments continue to face greater psychosocial and health disparities compared to their urban LGBTQ counterparts.
Public Health Departments have an essential role to play across the lifespan of LGBT individuals. This webinar will provide an overview of the experience of LGBT individuals in rural environments. Throughout the webinar participants can expect to gain knowledge about issues facing rural LGBTQ persons, existing community strengths, as well as resources and tools to interact with rural LGBTQ clients and communities.
  1. Discuss the existing challenges and opportunities facing LGBTQ individuals in rural environments.
  2. Participate in an in-depth LGBTQ 101 and terminology learning session
  3. Assess and validate appropriate resources for use with LGBTQ clients and community members.


You may register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8540633995568477452

For more information, please contact Dannie Cesena at dcesena@health-access.orgor Megan Armstrong at marmstrong@buttecounty.net

COVID-19 Communications Resources from CTCP

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The California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) heard from numerous projects requesting tools to help educate their communities about the adverse effect smoking and vaping appear to have on one’s susceptibility to and ability to cope with coronavirus (COVID-19). To assist, CTCP’s media unit has gathered several resources, including sample social media content, which can be used by funded projects.
The resources are saved to the Public Relations tab within the Media & Communications section in Partners and can be viewed HERE.

Stay healthy & safe, LOOP Community!

LOOP Director Dr. Valerie Yerger Speaks to Cal Poly Students about Tobacco-Related Health Disparities

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On February 13, 2020, Dr. Yerger had the opportunity to “wake up” undergraduate students from various disciplines at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus to tobacco-related health disparities. Her talk was part of Cal Poly’s “Inclusion Starts With Me” teach-in workshop.

As the California Tobacco Control Program is moving towards its EndGame, where the goal is to reach a statewide 0% smoking prevalence by the year 2035, Dr. Yerger is committed to there being no one “left behind.” An analogy she often references is that the EndGame is like a powerful, fast-moving locomotive, with a seat for everyone, that has already left the station. Dr. Yerger believes that to fill these seats, it is imperative to engage with priority populations, to reach out to non-traditional partners, and to inspire those who have not considered working in tobacco control to rethink their future career paths.


The LOOP Team is continually working toward the EndGame of 2035!

Did You Know: Tobacco Industry Targets American Indians and Alaska Natives Through Emails


Non-Hispanic American Indians and Alaska Natives (NH AI/AN) have the highest commercial tobacco use (CTU) among U.S. racial/ethnic groups. A newly published study examined prevalence of tobacco industry marketing exposure and correlates of CTU among NH AI/AN compared to other racial/ethnic groups. Data from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study were analyzed.


Findings included:

  • NH AI/AN had a higher prevalence of exposure to retail tobaccoads (65% vs 59%), mail (20% vs.14%) and email (17% vs.11%) marketing than NH Whites.
  • CTU was higher among NH AI/AN than NH Whites and among adults who reported exposure to tobacco ads, mail, and email marketing.


There is higher tobacco marketing exposure in stores and via mail for NH AI/AN. Email marketing exposure was higher, even after controlling for tobacco-related risk factors. The tobacco industry may be targeting NH AI/AN through emails, which include coupons and other marketing promotions.


Source: Carroll et al. (2019). Tobacco Industry Marketing Exposure and Commercial Tobacco Product Use Disparities among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Substance Use & Misuse, Sep 23:1-10. [Epub ahead of print]

LOOP Leaders In the Field Focus On Menthol, Flavors & Vaping

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unnamed (11)Dr. Valerie Yerger in Santa Clara County
Dr. Yerger was invited to present at Hooked: Reverse the Vaping Epidemic 2019 Summit in Santa Clara County on Friday, September 13th hosted by Santa Clara County Public Health Department, Tobacco Use Prevention Education, and First Five Santa Clara County. Her presentation on “Menthol, Flavors, and Vaping: Advocates Working Together to Kick These Poisons Out of Our Communities” focused on the tobacco industry’s influence in communities of color. The summit also included a keynote delivered by April Rosseler, Chief of California Tobacco Control Program with the California Department of Public Health. In addition, there was a Tobacco 101 presentation with Bonnie Helpern-Felsher, a youth experience panel, and a discussion of potential solutions with Superintendent Mary-Ann Dewan, Commissioner Leticia Pelayo, and Former Supervisor Ken Yeager.
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Carol McGruder in Fresno
Carol McGruder, Director of AMPLIFY, along with other members of the California Tobacco Control Program-funded coordinating centers (Rod Lew with the Asian American Pacific Islander Coordinating Center, Rosendo Iniguez with the Hispanic Latino Coordinating Center, Amanda Walner with LGBTQ Coordinating Center, and Wendy Kaplan with American Indian Native American Coordinating Center) held a press conference in Fresno on Tuesday, September 17th addressing the vaping epidemic. This was a timely issue as there was a vaping-related death confirmed in Tulare County.

Would you like one of the LOOP team members or trainers to present on a specific topic in your county or city? Email us at theloop@ucsf.edu.