What is Environmental
Secondhand smoke is harmful to everyone, especially to
babies and young children of all communities. Millions
of children six years old and younger are exposed to
secondhand smoke in their home which can cause several
health issues such as Middle ear infections – millions per
year, Bronchitis/pneumonia and Sudden Infant Death
Syndrome (SIDS) – 2,000 deaths per year. By increase
awareness of the health impacts on children from
exposure to secondhand smoke and helping families
take action to protect children from exposure to
secondhand smoke, you can help protect children’s health.
Reducing Asthma Attacks
Asthma is a growing problem for the nation as a whole. It is the most common chronic childhood disease and places a disproportionate burden on minority and low income groups.
Approximately 20 percent of children with asthma are exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes. By taking the actions to reduce exposure to asthma triggers and making their homes and cars smoke-free, families can help prevent serious health risks such as more frequent and severe asthma attacks among asthmatic children, upper and lower respiratory tract infections, and acute middle ear infections.
Source: USEPA Website