There are countless reasons to make your home a smokefree environment, but the most significant one is to protect the health of your family. By making your home and car smokefree, you can avoid the many dangers of smoking indoors, like fire risks and property damage. More importantly, you’ll greatly reduce your family’s exposure to deadly secondhand smoke.
Every year, between 150,000 and 300,000 children less than 18 months old get bronchitis or pneumonia from breathing secondhand smoke.
Secondhand smoke contains over 70 cancer-causing chemicals, and even brief exposure can be harmful to one’s health. It causes disease and death in people who don’t smoke, including coronary heart disease, stroke and lung cancer. In fact, each year, an estimated 700 Oklahomans die prematurely due to secondhand smoke.
There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Not even air-cleaning systems, ventilation systems or separate smoking sections can eliminate its risk. Protect yourself and your family by making your home and car 100% smokefree.
Secondhand smoke is dangerous to you, but it’s especially harmful to your children. Learn more about secondhand smoke and children here.
Secondhand Smoke and Pets
Secondhand smoke isn’t just a problem for humans. It can have devastating effects on your pets too. Secondhand smoke can lead to allergies, skin disease and cancer in dogs, cats and even birds. It can also harm their brain, nervous system and heart. Pets are like family. Treat them that way. Keep them safe by keeping your home smokefree.