Environmental Contamination from Tobacco, Vaping and Cannabis Waste


  1. Jeremiah Mock, MSc, PhD
Research Fields: 
Marketing and Prevention
Policy and Politics
Secondhand Smoke
Special Populations

This sentinel surveillance garbology study documents environmental contamination from e-cigarette product waste, combustible tobacco product waste, and cannabis product waste at public high schools with in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Francisco counties. The study shows that e-cigarette waste and combustible tobacco product waste contaminate the Bay Area high schools, confirming use of these products by high school students. Cannabis product waste represents an emerging issue. The large proportions of flavored products identified in this study are consistent with findings from other studies showing high prevalence rates of flavored e-cigarette and combustible tobacco product use among U.S. youths.