Don’t smoke around children

Every day, children in our community are exposed to secondhand smoke in their own homes. The Healthy Community Coalition of Wood County believes that if parents learn the facts about secondhand smoke and its health effects on children, they’ll do the right thing and take their smoking outside.

The science supporting smoke-free environments for children is strong. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that secondhand smoke is responsible for between 150,000 and 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections in infants and young children under 18 months of age annually, resulting in between 7,500 and 15,000 hospitalizations each year. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are also more likely to suffer from cough, excess phlegm, and wheezing. Secondhand smoke can lead to a buildup of fluid in the middle ear, the most common cause of childhood operations requiring hospitalization.

Most people know someone with a child who is asthmatic or experiences periodic health problems. The only way to reduce the damaging effects of secondhand smoke is to encourage smokers to not smoke around young children. Although it seems like a simple a solution, this action will have an enormous impact on the lives of their children. If you are a parent, caregiver, or grandparent of a small child, remember to keep children away from cigarette smoke, even if it means taking your own cigarette break outside.

Jamie Jacobsen