Do you smoke in your home or allow visitors to do so? The evidence against the dangers of smoking is well documented, however many smokers procrastinate on quitting because they mistakenly believe it is only their health they are putting at risk. The truth is, anyone in the vicinity of second hand smoke is at risk, including your family.
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Second hand smoke is dangerous.
- Breathing in second hand smoke from someone else’s cigarette, pipe, or cigar can make you or your children sick. Infants and toddlers are especially vulnerable to its effects.
- Children residing with smokers are more frequently effected by coughing, wheezing, ear infections, respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, and pneumonia.
- Children with asthma experience an increase in both frequency and severity of episodes with exposure to second hand smoke.
- Smoking is associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- Smoking not only causes lung cancer and heart disease in smokers, but in those exposed to second hand smoke as well.
Prevent second hand smoke exposure:
- Never allow smoking inside your home or car. Until you can quit, smoke outside.
- Avoid places where smoking is allowed.
- Opening windows and doors or using fans does NOT stop second hand smoke exposure.
- Keeping your home and vehicle smoke-free helps improve the health of you and your family.
Ready to quit?
- Tell your friends and family, asking for their help and support.
- Develop your own quit plan, consult your doctor, or find a program that works for you. Get started with QuitLine 1–800–QUIT–NOW (1–800–784–8669) or SmokeFree.gov, offering free advice, tips, and support for smokers ready to let go of this dangerous addiction.
- Stay busy to keep your mind off smoking. Chew gum, keep your hands busy, get out of the house, and alter your regular routine as much as possible to reduce triggers.
- Avoid triggers – people, places, things, and situations that increase your urge to smoke. When you go out, frequent places where smoking isn’t allowed to ensure success.
- Eat right, exercise, and get adequate sleep to reduce stress as well as your desire to smoke.
Concerned about the indoor air quality in your home resulting from second hand smoke or other contaminants? Contact Aire Serv® today. Our professionals can help you improve the air quality in your home after you quit with the latest in air purification, ventilation, and filtering technology.