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Secondhand Smoke

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Children are vulnerable to secondhand smoke because their lungs are still developing; they breathe faster than adults; and cannot control their indoor environment.

Secondhand smoke can:
  • Cause asthma in children who have not previously exhibited symptoms and trigger or worsen symptoms in children with asthma.
  • Increase the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Increase the risk for middle ear infections.
  • Impairs a child's ability to learn.
  • Tobacco-related health problems are major contributors to missed school days.
What can you do?
  • Make your home and car smoke-free.
  • Until you quit, smoke outside. Moving to another room or opening a window is not enough.
  • If you must smoke, limit smoking to outings, such as checking the mail.
  • Don't allow others to smoke inside your home.
  • Remove ashtrays. Throw away lighters, cigarettes, and matches, or keep them out of sight.