8 Things You Can Do to Protect Your Family from Secondhand Smoke

Saturday, November 24, 2012

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The Surgeon General has said that not allowing any smoking in indoor places, including cars, is the only way to fully protect nonsmokers from breathing secondhand smoke. Separating smokers from nonsmokers (like "no smoking" sections in restaurants), cleaning the air, and airing out buildings does not completely get rid of secondhand smoke exposure.

Kids breathe in secondhand smoke at home more than any other place. The home is also a major place of secondhand smoke exposure for adults. So one of the most important steps you can take to protect your health and your kids’ health is to make your home smokefree to help reduce this exposure. Having smokefree rules can also help smokers quit and can reduce the risk of teens becoming smokers.

Here are some smokefree rules to protect your family from secondhand smoke:

  1. Make your home smokefree.

  2. Make your car smokefree.

  3. Do not allow anyone to smoke near your child.

  4. Use childcare providers who do not smoke.

  5. Do not eat in restaurants that allow smoking.

  6. Do not take your child to other indoor public places that allow smoking.

  7. Teach children to stay away from secondhand smoke.

  8. See if your state has smokefree indoor air laws.

If you are a smoker, the best way to protect your family from secondhand smoke is to quit smoking. In the meantime, you can protect your family by making your home and cars smokefree and only smoking outside. A smokefree home rule can help you quit smoking.



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