Second Hand or Sidestream Cigarette Smoke
Testing Now Available

Most of us prefer to live without cigarette smoke. But in multi unit buildings, it’s almost impossible.

We test for second hand or sidestream smoke from cigarettes. However, every cigarette manufacturer adds different chemicals. Often the chemicals added create additional chemicals as the cigarette burns. There are “marker chemical compounds” that often have little or no smell.

A number of things influence the detection of these chemicals. Here are the major factors:

  • Ventilation
  • Air exchanges
  • Type of interior finishes (carpeting, drapes, etc.)
  • Temperature and humidity
  • Where the samples are taken in relation to the probable location of the smoker
  • And whether the smoker occupied the area tested or an adjacent area.

So, even if you can smell it we may not be able to detect it in the lab.

We want you to be realistic about what this test can and can't find in the air, especially when the source is a next door neighbor.

However, we have had a lot of successes with this testing. In the case of your neighbor smoking, we would, if possible, test in a common hall as close to the entry of the smoker’s unit as possible.

As there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke, testing may be the only way to stop the smoking or prevent future smoking.

This test doesn't detect marijuana or hash smoke

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"Smoking is prohibited in enclosed common areas of multi-unit housing complexes, as defined in Section 1009.21(k), including, but not limited to, private apartment buildings, residential hotels, including Single Resident Occupancy hotels, SF Housing Authority buildings, HUD housing, senior housing, and condominiums."