Secondhand Smoke Can Make Children Suffer Serious Health Risks - (from www.epa.gov)
Children's exposure to secondhand smoke is responsible for:
- increases in the number of asthma attacks and severity of symptoms in 200,000 to 1 million children with asthma;
- between 150,000 and 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections (for children under 18 months of age); and,
- respiratory tract infections resulting in 7,500 to 15,000 hospitalizations each year.
The developing lungs of young children are severely affected by exposure to secondhand smoke for several reasons including that children are still developing physically, have higher breathing rates than adults, and have little control over their indoor environments. Children receiving high doses of secondhand smoke, such as those with smoking mothers, run the greatest risk of damaging health effects.
Join the millions of people who are protecting their children from secondhand smoke
You can become a child's hero by keeping a smoke-free home and car. Secondhand smoke can cause children to suffer bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections and more severe asthma attacks. Read More About Health Effects at the EPA website.
Pledge to Keep Your Home and Car Smoke-free:
Go to the Environmental Protection Agency's Pledge Page and read helpful information on making your home and car smoke-free. You can get your own Smoke-free Home Pledge Certificate by clicking on the "I Want to Pledge" button. Proudly display this to let your children, family and visitors know you have taken an important step to keep your home and car smoke-free.
To find a list of tobacco-free places in South Dakota to live, work and play, visit www.BeFreeSD.com.