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  • Health Awareness Series: March 2017 - A Smoke-Free Home for 2017

    March 02, 2017

    There are many reasons to have a smoke-free home. A home free of tobacco smoke is a healthier, safer home. Even the federal government has passed a rule making all public housing smoke-free by mid-2018.

    Protect yourself and your family from second- and third-hand smoke. Here are some facts about the effects smoking has on the people you live with:

    • Secondhand smoke comes from lit cigarettes and the smoke breathed out by smokers. This smoke carries more than 7,000 chemicals. Hundreds of these chemicals are harmful and about 70 of them cause cancer. There is no safe level of second-hand smoke.
    • In children, second-hand smoke can cause more harmful effects and severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections and even sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in babies.
    • In adults, second-hand smoke can cause health problems such as heart disease, stroke and lung cancer.
    • Third-hand smoke is what is left on surfaces after someone smokes. Smoke can stick to toys, rugs, floors, clothing and much more. Even this can hurt you and your children.
    • Third-hand smoke has many of the same bad substances and chemicals that are in second- and first-hand smoke.
    • Third-hand smoke has a big effect on young children who crawl on carpets and tend to put all sorts of things, like toys, in their mouths. 

    Some other ways you can protect yourself and your family are:

    • Do not allow smoking in your car.
    • Make sure your child’s day care or babysitter’s home and schools are smoke-free.
    • Get help with quitting smoking.
      • Affinity plans cover medicines that can help you quit. Ask your doctor about what medicines might work for you.
      • Free counseling is available from the NY State Smokers’ Quitline at 866.NY.QUITS (866.697.8487).

    To learn more, please visit:

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Health Effects of Secondhand Smoke”:
    Mayo Clinic “What is thirdhand smoke, and why is it a concern?”:

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