ERC WEBINAR: Fine Particulate Matter Exposure from Secondhand Cannabis Bong Smoking

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022 - Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (EDT)
Event Type: Webinars

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Secondhand cannabis smoke (SHCS) is a novel exposure source uncharacterized in homes, containing known health risk factors including exposure to several hundred toxic chemicals, carcinogens, and fine particulate matter (PM2.5), many at higher concentrations than tobacco smoke. Decades of secondhand tobacco smoke (SHTS) research demonstrate causal links to cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, preterm birth, and decreased immune function. These concerns have not translated to cannabis bong smoking, a popular consumption method in social settings among young adults, wherein smoke is drawn through water. Understanding SHCS exposures is critical to identifying proper industrial hygiene controls and public health policies to prevent toxic exposures in homes, apartments, and cannabis smoking lounges. This presentation is the first study to quantify SHCS fine particulate matter levels from social cannabis smoking in the home and discusses the dangers of social bong smoking in the home.

For more information and to register for this webinar, please visit UC Berkeley Center for Occupational and Environmental Health website.