As construction workers, we are frequently exposed to toxics on the job that can "follow us home." If we work around asbestos or lead dust we even change our clothes before we go home to ensure that we don't expose our children's developing bodies to these toxics. Remember that tobacco smoke is a toxic too!
- Up to 11.1% of all ear infections in children under the age of 3 in California are caused by secondhand smoke.
- Secondhand smoke causes up to 3,000 new childhood asthma cases in California each year.
- Among infants and toddlers under 18 months, secondhand smoke is blamed for up to 36,000 cases of bronchitis and pneumonia in California.
- Smoke from parents' cigarettes is responsible for an estimated 120 cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in California.
Give your children a healthy place to grow! Quitting is the most effective option to ensure your child's safety. If you're not ready to quit, join the thousands of smokers who made the commitment not to smoke in the house or in the car.
Source: California EPA, "Health Effects of Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke," Final Report, Sept, 1997