Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at risk of:
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Low birth weight—a leading cause of infant death
- Potentially fatal respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia
- Ear infections which often relate to hearing problems
- Greater risk of asthma, with more severity and frequency of attacks
- Toxic litter—cigarette butts are poisonous and can be fatal when ingested by children and pets.
What are the benefits of a smoke-free home?
- Everyone is healthier breathing in smoke-free air
- Risk of health problems is reduced
- Children will be protected from the dangers of secondhand smoke
- Risk of a fire starting is reduced
- Children will be less likely to start using tobacco if the adults that care for them are not seen smoking
- Your home will smell better, cleaning will be easier and even your pets will be happier
With the help of Start Noticing, Redwood, Cottonwood, and Jackson Counties have implemented a smoke-free foster care policy.