This is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased rish for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, acute respiratory infections, ear problems, severe asthma, and reduced lung function. More people die every year from smoking than murder, AIDs, suicide, car crashes, and alcohol combined.
You can protect yourself and your family from secondhand smoke by:
- Quitting smoking if you are not already a nonsmoker. Learn more about the Alabama Tobacco Quitline.
- Not allowing anyone to smoke anywhere in or near your home
- Not allowing anyone to smoke in your car, even with the windows down
- Making sure your children’s day care center and schools are tobacco-free
- Seeking out restaurants and other places that do not allow smoking (if your state still allows smoking in public areas)
- Teaching your children to stay away from secondhand smoke
- Being a good role model by not smoking or using any other type of tobacco
Learn more about what's going on locally in your county and how you can help by reaching out to our Tobacco Prevention Coordinators.
Page last updated: March 7, 2018