Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services


The Monterey County Tobacco Control Program is working to pass smoke-free multi-unit housing (MUH) ordinances in the cities of Monterey, Salinas, and Seaside, to prevent exposure to secondhand and thirdhand smoke. Exposure to the toxins in smoke, including cannabis and electronic cigarettes, causes health risks to non-smoking residents. A sustainable program was developed to educate and increase tenant awareness of health risks associated with second and thirdhand smoke exposure and ways to create healthy home environments. The program consisted of training and building knowledge for Community Health Workers (CHWs) to effectively disperse information to MUH residents. Once the ordinances pass and the CHWs present the educational toolkit in MUH complexes, one can expect to see an increased awareness of smoke-free policies among tenants. With the prohibition of smoking in MUH complexes, one can expect in the long-term to see a reduction in health risks associated with exposure to secondhand and thirdhand smoke.