Kick off the school year with a smoke-free home for your student

August 01, 2018

Back-to-school season is here! Be a positive role model and help set your kids up for success inside the classroom and out by maintaining a smoke-free home.

With school starting up again, Tobacco Free Lancaster County Coalition encourages parents to make sure their children have a smoke-free environment at home. Children who breathe secondhand smoke are more likely to get sick and have trouble learning in school.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children who are exposed to secondhand smoke have increased risks of bronchitis and other respiratory infections, middle ear infections and more severe asthma. Smoke can also slow lung growth, with permanent consequences. It can make it more difficult to concentrate, too.

Smoke settles into carpet, drapes, upholstery and bedding. It re-enters the air for a long time afterward. Then it is called third-hand smoke. Breathing third-hand smoke is also dangerous.

Children are growing rapidly, their lungs and brains are developing and they breathe more air for their body sizes than adults do. All of those things put children at a greater risk for the health problems linked to smoke.

The only good answer is to keep homes smoke-free.

Help your children have a good year at school by keeping your home and their world smoke-free.