There is no safe level of secondhand smoke. Ohio adopted the clean indoor air law to help protect people from secondhand smoke in public places. However, most people are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at their workplaces. ECHD is please to work with schools, parks, playgrounds, farmers markets, community gardens, multi-unit housing, and other outdoor spaces to adopt smoke-free or tobacco-free policies.
ECHD has also implemented a comprehensive screening tool to screen patients for secondhand smoke exposure in our very own federally qualified health center (FQHC) here at the health department. The Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE), screens every individual seen by the FQHC to document if they are using tobacco products and whether they smoke in the home, car, or around children. Tobacco users are then referred to the OTQL, to diminish the burden of tobacco and secondhand smoke.
ECHD is also working towards getting smoke-free/tobacco-free policies in place with Huron Local School District and other surrounding schools, if you are an educator and would like assistance on becoming a smoke-free/tobacco-free school please contact Ryan Sturgeon at email@example.com.