Smoke-Free Day Care
With the help of Start Noticing, Redwood, Cottonwood and Jackson Counties have implemented a smoke-free day care policy. Under the new policy, all licensed da care providers are prohibited from smoking tobacco in the indoor areas of a day care and in any vehicle used to transport day care children at any time. The policy’s primary goal is to protect the health of children and allow them to breathe safe, uncontaminated air while at daycare.
All licensed day care providers are prohibited from smoking tobacco in the indoor areas of a daycare and in any vehicle used to transport daycare children at any time.
Day care providers may smoke outdoors away from the children in their care, but not in their presence. Additionally licensed providers must keep their grounds free of tobacco product litter, including cigarette butts.
This policy is a change from the previous policy that prohibited smoking only during the hours a daycare was in operation. Click here to view information on the ordinance
Why is this policy important?
- Children are especially susceptible to the harmful effects of secondhand and thirdhand smoke exposure.
- Secondhand smoke is a known cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, potentially fatal respiratory tract infections, frequent and severe asthma attacks and middle ear infections which are often related to hearing problems.
- When children are exposed to secondhand smoke, they are more likely to be at risk for type 2 diabetes and to experience heart disease, stroke and lung cancer in their lifetimes.
- Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke also tend to experience more learning and behavioral problems than children in nonsmoking households and are more likely to become smokers in adolescence or adulthood.
To report a day care smoking violation contact:
- Redwood County Department of Family and Human Services at (507) 637-4050
- Cottonwood County Department of Family and Human Services at (507) 831-1891
- Jackson County Department of Family and Human Services at (507) 847-4000
When calling, ask for the daycare licenser.