• A smoke-free home

  • There are many reasons to keep a smoke-free home. At the top of the list is because a smoke-free home is a healthier, safer environment. Even the federal government has passed a rule making all New York public housing, both city and state, smoke-free.

    Protect yourself and your family from second- and third-hand smoke.

    Smoking has the following effects on the people you live with:

    • Second-hand 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 be harmful to you and your family and friends.  
    • 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 everyone’s health, especially young children who crawl on carpets and tend to put all sorts of things, like toys, in their mouths. And don’t forget your pets; they also can be affected by 2nd and 3rd hand smoke.

    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, schools or babysitter’s home 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), TTY: 711.

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