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Smoke-Free Outdoor Dining
Clean Air and Outdoor Dining

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 -2 tables away. 

Nearly all Californians prefer smoke-free outdoor dining. And 75% support Smoke Free Outdoor Dining policies.

As of October 2017, there are 117 municipalities in California 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

Want to learn more?  Click here for our Smoke-free Outdoor Dining Fact Sheet.  

For more information contact the Tobacco Education Program staff at 209-966-3689
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PO Box 784 | 5100 Bullion St. | Mariposa, CA 95338