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A Health Hazard to Children Secondhand Smoke:. Children’s Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Millions of children six years old and younger are regularly exposed.

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1 A Health Hazard to Children Secondhand Smoke:

2 Children’s Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Millions of children six years old and younger are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke in the home.

3 What is Secondhand Smoke? Also known as Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS), passive smoking, or side- stream smoke Smoke breathed out by a smoker Smoke from the burning end of cigarettes, cigars, pipes Composed of nearly 4,000 different chemicals and chemical compounds of which, 40+ are cancer causing Contains benzene, nickel, carbon monoxide, ammonia, and cyanide

4 All ETS Exposure: Children Aged 6 and Younger All ETS Exposure: Children Aged 6 and Younger Source: CDC/EPA National Survey on Environmental Management of Asthma and Children's Exposure to Secondhand Smoke, 2003.

5 Health Risks Low birth weight Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) Coughing & wheezing More inner ear infections – up to 2,000,000 inner ear infections each year Sources: USEPA. Respiratory Health Effects of Passive Smoking – Lung Cancer and Other Disorders, California EPA. Health Effects of Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke, 1997.

6 Health Risks Respiratory infections More pneumonia – up to 190,000 cases of pneumonia in children under five More bronchitis – up to 436,000 episodes of bronchitis in children under five Sore throats and colds Sources: USEPA. Respiratory Health Effects of Passive Smoking – Lung Cancer and Other Disorders, California EPA. Health Effects of Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke, 1997.

7 Asthma Asthma is a disease that causes the lungs to tighten and swell Asthma is incurable, yet controllable Secondhand smoke is the most universal trigger of asthma episodes, especially in children

8 Indoor Asthma Triggers Secondhand smoke Dust mites Pets Cockroaches & other pests Mold Nitrogen dioxide

9 Addressing Asthma Talk to a Doctor Make a Plan Asthma-proof your Home

10 How to Protect Children Pledge not to smoke in your home or car. Call SMOKE-FREE or visit Don’t allow others to smoke in your home or car Choose a smoke-free childcare provider Until you can quit, smoke outside

11 How to Promote Smoke-free Homes Work with childcare centers, WIC offices, health clinics, and other organizations Hand out brochures and other Smoke- free Homes materials at community events Think of ways to include the Smoke- free Homes message at parents meetings, churches, and kids’ clubs

12 1.Educate parents, caregivers, and community leaders 2.Collect pledges 3.Publicize your smoke-free home messages How to Promote Smoke-free Homes

13 How to Learn More Order EPA’s Materials. Call the Indoor Air Quality Information Clearinghouse at Visit EPA’s Smoke-free Homes Web site –


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