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Secondhand smoke exposure hurts children.

In children, secondhand smoke exposure causes:

  • higher rates of asthma

  • more colds and upper respiratory infections

  • lower birth weights

  • more ear infections

  • higher rates of SIDS
    (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

You can protect children from the harms of secondhand smoke exposure by:

  • quitting smoking

  • establishing strict no-smoking rules for your home and car

  • only going to smoke-free restaurants

  • working with your city council to help your town go smoke-free

Last updated on March 20, 2009 by Bethany Hipple, MPH