Smokeless Homes Goal Reduce the exposure to cigarette smoke in the homes of children with asthma
Source: American Lung Association Why focus on children in the home? Involuntary exposure Children are still developing Airways are smaller Lungs are still developing Children breathe 2 to 3 times faster and take in more air Home is the most frequent place of exposure
In the Home Clothes Furniture Curtains Carpet In the Car
Source: American Lung Association Adverse child health effects from cigarette smoke Asthma More severe symptoms New cases in children Bronchitis and Pneumonia 150,000-300,000 cases every year Ear Infections Coughing and Wheezing SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
Source: American Lung Association Childhood Asthma Facts Nationally Leading Cause of Missed School Days Leading Cause of Hospitalizations 100,000 Children Each Year
Source: Philadelphia Allies Against Asthma Childhood Asthma Facts Philadelphia Over 12% of children have asthma. Over 40% of asthmatic children live with a smoker Over 27% of smoking adults have asthma
Asthma Facts by Race PHMC’s Community Health Data Base (CHDB) 2002 Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Health Survey
Asthma Symptoms Dry cough Shortness of breath Chest pain and tightness Whistling or wheezing sound while breathing or talking Fatigue / Tiredness
Source: American Lung Association National Academy of Science studies about cigarette smoke and asthma Confirmed cigarette smoke causes children’s asthma symptoms to worsen Children of smokers twice as likely to develop asthma than children of non-smokers 1/3 of pediatric cases related to cigarette smoke
How to protect children in the home In just three steps, you can protect your family from the dangers of cigarette smoke.
STEP 1 - Good Smoke only in one room Blow smoke out the window Talk with family about a smoke free home
STEP 2 - Better Never smoke near a child Never smoke in a car with a child Smoke only outside the home
STEP 3 - Best Never allow smoke in your home or car Never allow smoke around a child Quit smoking
Smokeless Homes Pledge “I, _____________, pledge to protect my family from the health risks of cigarette smoke by making my home and car smokefree.” Do the right thing! Take the cigarette smoke outside.
Benefits of a smoke-free environment for children Less severe asthma episodes Fewer visits to the hospital Fewer missed school days Decreased risk of developing asthma
Source: American Cancer Society Health benefits of a smoke-free lifestyle Increased lung function Decreased risk of a heart attack Decreased risk of a stroke Decreased risk of getting cancer