Smoke Free & Vape Free Outdoor Events

Why a smoke free and vape free policy is a good idea for your family-friendly event!

Participants and vendors get to breathe clean air

  • Tobacco smoke is made up of more than 4,000 chemicals including over 70 known to cause cancer. 
  • According to the U.S. Surgeon General, there is NO safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • The California Air Resources Board has classified secondhand smoke as an outdoor air pollutant.
  • E-cigarette aerosol can contain harmful components including nicotine, ultrafine particles, heavy metals, and volatile organic compounds. At least 10 chemicals identified in this aerosol cause cancer.  
Nearly 85% of Nevadans do NOT smoke - 2016 Nevada Adult Tobacco Survey

Reduces waste and litter at the event site

  • Smoke, ash, matches, and cigarette butts account for 31.5% of litter in our parks and outdoor recreation areas, according to Keep America Beautiful.
  • Cigarette butts remain the number one littered item on roadways, and end up in waterways like the Truckee River.
  • Cigarette butts leach toxic waste including nicotine, arsenic and lead. 
  • Many cigarette filters are made from plastic that will never biodegrade. 
  • Cigarette butts and e-juice cartridges are hazardous and highly toxic to children, pets and wildlife.   

Lowers risk of fire

  • Discarded cigarette butts and vaping devices pose a real fire risk in our dry desert climate.
  • Some e-cigarette batteries have caused small fires and explosions.

Encourages children to make healthy choices

  • The CDC reports that when children see adults using tobacco products, including smoking and vaping, the behavior is normalized making children more likely to use tobacco.

Outdoor events that have gone smoke-free/vape-free

Heart Walk, Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities Family Health Festival, Healthy Parks, Healthy People, Race to End Domestic Violence
Northern Nevada Pride, Biggest Little Treasure Hunt, Heart & Stroke Walk/Run, Reno Remote Area Medical (RAM), Washoe County School District’s Annual Run for Education, Girls on the Run, Run with the Girls
Reno’s Biggest Little Half Marathon, Kids’ Run Event, Polio Purple Pinkie Trail Run & Walk, Washoe County Health District Jane’s Walk at Yori Park, Healthy Living Mural Project – Washoe County Health District collaborated with Glenn Duncan and Traner Middle School, Reno Dragon Lights, Washoe County Health District’s WIC Farmers Market

We are here to help!

If you are interested in learning more about smoke free and vape free events, receiving help in adopting a policy, or using signs for your event, please contact the Washoe County Health District, Chronic Disease Prevention Program at: 775-328-2466 and 

Last modified on 11/25/2019