Secondhand Smoke

The health effects of secondhand smoke on individuals, society and the environment.
  • Secondhand smoke has many effects on the body. This project focuses on the short-term effects on the heart, blood and blood vessels. Even a few minutes' worth of exposure is dangerous.  This research concentrates on estimating the size of these effects and also understanding the underlying biology. 

    Professor of Medicine
  • Using a controlled exposure system, we are studying the effects of SHS on the upper and lower airways in healthy subjects and subjects with allergic rhinitis or asthma. We will also be studying the effects of 4 consecutive days of SHS exposure.

    Prrofessor in Residence
  • This is an observational study to determine the long-term respiratory effects of secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) in pre-smoking ban flight attendants via study of lung function and radiographic evidence of emphysema, and their association with estimates of cabin SHS exposure.

    Assistant Professor In-Residence of Medicine
  • The major goals of this project are to study the role of environmental factors in pulmonary alveolar proteinosis and extrinsic alveolitis. The population attributable fraction (PAF) estimates the amount of a disease that is due to a specific factor, quantifying the burden of disease that would be prevented if that factor was eliminated.

    Professor of Medicine, Endowed Chair Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • We are studying the effects of both active smoking and secondhand smoke exposure on susceptibility to acute lung injury, a major cause of respiratory failure among critically ill patients.

    Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Current research, as a member of the FAMRI (Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute) Center of Excellence, with Principal Investigator Rita Redberg, examines the long-term effects of second hand cigarette smoke on flight attendants. Pilot studies have shown that 40% of nonsmoking flight attendants who worked on commercial airlines prior to the ban on cigarette smoking developed diffusion defects. These diffusion defects are associated with airway obstruction and air trapping.

    Professor of Medicine
  • The aim of this research project is to develop a noninvasive index of cardiopulmonary impairment that reflects the presence and severity of residual detrimental effects resulting from occupationally encountered SHS exposure among flight attendants.  

  • Professor Suzaynn Schick is recruiting healthy nonsmokers who are not exposed to SHS in daily life to study the effects of acute exposure to SHS on nasal congestion.

    Assistant Adjunct Professor of Medicine
  • We are assessing the dose- and time-response of vascular functional impairment caused by exposure to second hand smoke at very low levels and short exposure times in rats.  

    Professor of Medicine
  • The project examines the exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) among U.S. adults and children, and quantifies the economic burden of the SHS exposure in terms of healthcare costs and lost productivity from lost time and premature mortality.  It also assesses the impact of exposure to SHS on two particularly vulnerable populations – African Americans and Hispanics.  

    Adjunct Professor, Institute for Health & Aging
  • We are studying gene-environment interactions in racially mixed (admixed) populations. We are also studying the effects of air pollution and second hand smoke on children.

    Associate Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine
  • The goals are to identify relationship between SHS exposure and pulmonary disease progression; develop methods for early detection of SHS-related cardiovascular disease; assess impact of SHS exposure on patients with pulmonary disease develop novel biomarkers of SHS exposure with validation in relation to disease progression; identify factors that influence the development and i

    Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, UC Berkeley
  • This project will evaluate what community stakeholders know about a new citywide ordinance that bans smoking in multi-unit housing (MUH) in Richmond, California. In this in-depth case study, we will use focus groups and one-on-one interviews to identify and document successes and challenges of implementing a smoke-free policy in multi-unit housing.

    Associate Professor
  • In partnership with one of the largest permanent supportive housing programs for homeless and low-income adults with special needs in San Diego County, we will conduct a pre- and post-policy evaluation a smoke-free policy that includes restrictions on smoking in indoor and shared outdoor areas. The study will examine tobacco use behaviors, exposure to secondhand smoke, knowledge of, adherence to, and attitudes toward the smoke-free policy among the clientele of 4 permanent supportive housing programs.

    Assistant Professor in Residence
  • Secondhand Smoke Exposure Reduction in hospitalized children: This project is being done in conjunction with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals in Oakland and San Francisco. We are seeking to create a multidisciplinary, systematic approach to screening for and reducing secondhand smoke exposure in hospitalized children. We are helping to develop universal screening for SHSE in all admitted children, and then working with physicians, respiratory therapists, pharmacy and nurses to provide appropriate counseling and medication to caregivers.

    Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics