Make It Your New Year’s Resolution To Quit Smoking For Your Kids

In State News on December 23, 2008 at 10:36 am

Did you know that kids whose parents smoke in the home are drastically more likely to experience respiratory symptoms, respiratory tract infections and slower lung development? Here are several other effects of secondhand smoke on children:

  • Children are affected more by secondhand smoke than adults because their bodies are still developing and secondhand smoke can hinder the growth and function of their lungs.
  • Hundreds of thousands of lung and bronchial infections are caused by secondhand smoke each year.
  • Secondhand smoke exposure increases the number of new asthma cases and worsens asthmatic symptoms.
  • Every day more than 15 million children in the U.S. are exposed to secondhand smoke in the home. Millions of doctor visits and thousands of hospitalizations occur due to children’s exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Seventy-two percent of Indiana youth (grades 6-12) reported being in the same room or car as someone who was smoking cigarettes in the past 7 days. Thirty percent of Hoosier youth are exposed to secondhand smoke daily.

It’s not enough to just go smoke outside because you’re setting a bad example for your kids. Plus, kids whose parents smoke are more likely to smoke themselves because you make it seem OK, and they have easy access to your cigarettes.

Don’t worry if you’ve tried to quit before and relapsed. Most people have to try numerous times before they can quit for good. Just think of those past attempts as practice for really quitting this time. If you need help to quit, the state of Indiana provides a free hotline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. You can speak for free with a professionally-trained counselor and get two weeks of nicotine replacement therapy for free.


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