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Booth At Pike Co. Children’s Safety Fair

In Local News on April 16, 2009 at 9:51 am

Did you know that children exposed to secondhand smoke in homes and in cars are more likely to have severe asthma, ear infections, and lung problems? To learn more, visit our booth at the Pike County Children’s Safety Fair from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the Old Petersburg Gym.

Here is some more valuable information about how secondhand smoke harms 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.
  • Children and infants exposed to secondhand smoke in the home have dramatically higher levels of respiratory symptoms, respiratory tract infections, and slower lung development.
  • 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.
  • Children whose parents smoke are more likely to start smoking.
  • Children whose parents smoke are more likely to be undernourished and have higher rates of food insecurity, resulting in emotional and behavioral problems.

To get help quitting and protect your children, call the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.