Secondhand smoke can make children sick

We all know that smoking is bad for us, but did you know how dangerous secondhand smoke is, especially for children?

Health problems that children can develop from secondhand smoke include:

  • Lung infections
  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Middle ear infections
  • Cancer

Secondhand smoke also can cause:

  • Sudden infant death syndrome
  • Premature death in children

Secondhand smoke is the combination of smoke that comes from the burning end of a cigarette, pipe or cigar and the smoke exhaled by a smoker. It can affect your child from the moment you get pregnant.

Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 substances, some of which can cause cancer. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. The best way to protect your children from secondhand smoke is to avoid smoking anywhere near them, or, better yet, to quit.

Why not keep them safe and stop smoking? We can help.

Visit our Stop Smoking page for information and resources.