|Talking to Your Kids About Smoking||
Second-hand smoke contains toxic substances, over 67 of which cause cancer. Second hand smoke is harmful to everyone, but is especially dangerous for children. Second hand smoke is causally linked with a number of adverse health effects in children including, lower respiratory tract infections (i.e. croup, bronchitis and pneumonia).
The following tips will help keep your children from being exposed to secondhand smoke:
Make your home and car smoke-free.
Never smoke or allow passengers to smoke in your home or vehicle. Particulates and toxins found in tobacco smoke remain on surfaces and fabrics long after the cigarette is extinguished.
Remove your children from places where there are smokers.
It's the law for enclosed workplaces and public spaces to be smoke-free. Avoid using entrances where smokers congregate. Encourage businesses to implement policies for smoke free entrances.
Ask people not to smoke in your home.
Remove ashtrays from your home. Remember, air flows throughout a house, so smoke from one room travels throughout a home and the toxins linger in the air for days or weeks after.
Want to quit? Don’t know where to start?
Call the Brant County Health Unit’s Health Information Line at 753-4937 x259 and speak with a Public Health Nurse to obtain a variety of free resources to help you on your way to becoming smoke free!
|Last Updated ( Monday, 12 January 2009 )|