Children exposed to secondhand smoke take nicotine and other chemicals into their bodies just like smokers. The more smoke, the more chemicals...no amount of secondhand smoke is considered safe. Yet, in Maine, 41% of middle school youth and 53% of high school youth report they have been in the same room with someone smoking sometime in the past week.
Children who live with smokers are more likely to develop:
Many adults think they understand the dangers of secondhand smoke. But they are exposing their children to harmful effects of secondhand smoke when they believe they are limiting their exposure.
Don’t buy into the myths. Find out more about the myths of secondhand smoke and other ways to use the health of your kids as motivation to quit by visiting Raisesmokefreekids.com.
The only way to protect kids from secondhand smoke is to make sure cigarettes, cigars, and pipes are always smoked outside the home and outside the car.
No amount of secondhand smoke is safe. You can take a stand to protect your kids by setting a no-smoking policy for your family and your friends.
Protecting your kids from secondhand smoke takes only one step: Always step outside the home and the car before smoking.
EPA - Asthma: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides information to educate the public about asthma, including how the environment can affect asthma patients and how to manage environmental asthma triggers.
EPA - Indoor Air Quality: EPA information about air quality, environmental risks, and secondhand smoke exposure in homes and cars.
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: The latest news, facts, and industry reports that contribute to changing public attitudes and public policies on tobacco.
Smoke-Free Homes and Cars Program: Join the millions of people who are protecting their children from secondhand smoke. Take the smoke-free pledge and become a child’s hero by keeping a smoke-free home and car.
Smoking and Tobacco Use: The CDC provides facts about the health effects and current date concerning secondhand smoke.
Secondhand Smoke Resources: Find information on secondhand smoke exposure, health effects, and smoke-free initiatives and resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Secondhand Smoke: What It Means To You…Booklet: A booklet in an easy-to-read format addressing what scientists have learned about the dangers of secondhand smoke.
Learn how to talk to your child about tobacco, be a good role model, and prevent dangerous effects of secondhand smoke. Download these resources for parents: