KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE FOR EVERYONE
An estimated 750 Oklahomans die prematurely each year from exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS). You have the power to separate your family from this risk. Choosing to keep your home smokefree is the only precaution that fully protects you and those you love from the dangers of secondhand smoke. Separate sections, air cleaning systems, and ventilation systems cannot eliminate the risk of SHS.
If you’re a tobacco user, you can quit, and the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline can help. Call today 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
NO SAFE LEVEL OF EXPOSURE TO SECONDHAND SMOKE
- Causes disease and premature death in people who do not smoke.
- Increases risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, and severe asthma.
- Slows lung growth in children.
- Causes coronary heart disease and lung cancer among adults.
CHILDREN AT HIGH RISK
- A child’s lungs are still developing and they breathe more per pound of body weight than adults do.
- SHS can lead to a buildup of fluid and infections in the middle ear, the most common cause of children being hospitalized for an operation.
- Every year between 150,000 and 300,000 children less than 18 months old get bronchitis or pneumonia from breathing SHS.