Smoke Is SmokeAug 24, 2022 6:00 pm
Learn how even brief exposure can be dangerous to your health – potentially causing lung cancer even in nonsmokers and increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and chronic lung problems.
Secondhand Exposure to Tobacco and Cannabis in Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara County’s Tobacco Prevention and Cannabis Education program coordinator speaks to the health-related dangers of secondhand smoke – classified as a toxic air contaminant. Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, at least 70 of which are cancer-causing.
Due to ongoing Department of Public Health regulations, masks are required while inside the hospital, and all visitors will be screened at the entrance.
Renata Valladares is the Program Coordinator of Tobacco Prevention and Cannabis Education for Santa Barbara County. She worked in rural development in Latin America for 15 years before joining the county’s Public Health Department in 2020. She earned an M.S. in Global Health from Northwestern University and B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.