Secondhand Smoke
Protect Your Kids 1,2,3

Protect your kids
Secondhand smoke, the number one indoor pollutant, can be especially harmful to children. More children die from secondhand smoke exposure than from all childhood cancers combined. It takes one step to protect your kids from secondhand smoke in the home: never smoke inside the house or apartment. Always take it outside.

In Colorado, it’s reported that 60.5% of children in multi-unit homes (like apartment complexes) are exposed to secondhand smoke, with an additional 33.7% of children living in single family homes being exposed to secondhand smoke. Research conducted by Children’s Hospital in Colorado shows children exposed to secondhand smoke are much more likely to be put into intensive care when they have the flu, are in hospitals longer and are more likely to need breathing tubes than children who are not exposed to secondhand smoke.

Protecting children from secondhand smoke can help prevent:
  • Respiratory infections
  • Ear infections
  • Asthma problems
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Lung development
  • Learning disabilities
  • Hearing loss
  • Attention deficit disorder

  1. 2011, Colorado Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System; Health Statistics Section, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
  2. Boston MassGeneral Hospital for Children