Breathe California maintains the local Secondhand Smoke Helpline (408) 999-0500 to help people who are affected by secondhand smoke. Those with questions, complaints or other issues regarding secondhand smoke are encouraged to call the helpline to learn what they can do to safeguard health. This includes local residents who are exposed to a neighbor’s secondhand smoke, people who want to log a complaint about bars/restaurants that are not complying with non-smoking laws, and those who have concerns about their own exposure to secondhand smoke.

What does the Secondhand Smoke Helpline Provide?

The secondhand smoke helpline is answered by a live person who will help the caller find solutions to a problem posed by secondhand smoking. By calling the helpline, callers can receive:

  • Information about laws and personal rights regarding secondhand smoke
  • An avenue to anonymously place complaints about secondhand smoke
  • Free consultation and advocacy on the caller’s behalf
  • Informational flyers, brochures and materials about secondhand smoke and no smoking signs

The Secondhand Smoke Helpline is staffed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At other times, you can leave a message on the answering machine and a helpline staff person will return your call during normal hours.

Additional Services

In addition to the hotline, Breathe California of the Bay Area also supports various advocacy projects and services that seek to reduce or completely remove second-hand smoking from the environment. Additional projects can be found in the Advocacy page. More services that deals with smoking can be found on the Tobacco Control page