The 2006 Surgeon General’s Report, “The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke,” warns that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke, and that, “even small amounts of secondhand smoke exposure can be harmful to people’s health.”
Smoking in a separate room doesn’t keep children, spouses, or pets safe from secondhand smoke exposure. Smoke drifts, and ventilation is not an adequate alternative. If you smoke, please smoke outside. Make your home a safe place for yourself and your family.
Children are especially at risk to the harmful health effects from secondhand smoke because their bodies are still developing. When someone smokes in a vehicle, the toxic air level is up to 10 times greater than what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers hazardous.
The harmful chemicals in secondhand smoke can remain in the air and on surfaces in homes or vehicles for many hours, even days, after a cigarette has been smoked. These chemicals stick to surfaces, such as seats or furniture, making it a potential hidden source of danger for children.Take the pledge to keep your car and home smoke-free.
Children and Secondhand Smoke in Vehicles:
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