Secondhand smoke (including vape) can have some serious consequences on people, especially vulnerable children who may not always be able to advocate for themselves. Even if you and your family do not smoke, it is best to always be cautious of the different environments your child is exposed to secondhand smoke. Do your child’s friends’ parents smoke inside the house? Do they play sports in an area that isn’t smoke-free? Venues that you assume are smoke-free, such as a public park, may still allow designated smoking areas.
Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to get frequent coughs, colds, and ear infections. They are also more likely to have allergies or contract asthma. Here are some simple ways to protect your child from secondhand smoke:
• Do not smoke in your home or car
• Ask family and friends not to smoke in your home or car
• Make sure your child doesn’t visit homes or other places where you know smoking occurs
If you’re a parent and you smoke, you can protect your family from secondhand smoke by implementing no-smoking rules in your own house or car and keep the smoke outside. If you’re ready to quit smoking and live a healthier life, you can call for free help at 1-800-Quit-Now or visit QuitNowIndiana.com.