About 1 out of every 3 children lives in a home where someone smokes regularly. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).sids_breathnd20144144.jpg

SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants 1-12 months old, and the third leading cause of overall infant mortality in the United States. Exposure to secondhand smoke can double the risk of SIDS, and infants whose mothers smoked during pregnancy are three times more likely to die of SIDS than those of non-smoking mothers. Secondhand smoke has been linked to numerous health problems in infants and children, including:
  • Ear infections
  • Respiratory infections, including bronchitis and pneumonia
  • More frequent coughs and colds
  • Asthma attacks
  • Impaired lung growth
You can reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS and other health problems related to secondhand smoke exposure by staying smoke-free and keeping your home smoke-free.

If you live in multi-unit housing that isn’t smoke-free, you share more than walls with your neighbors. Cigarette smoke travels through walls, doors, electrical outlets and ventilation systems. The residue seeps into carpets, curtains, furniture and drywall. The toxic residue of cigarette smoke is almost impossible to remove. It remains on surfaces for months and becomes more toxic over time. Talk to your landlord about making your building smoke-free. A smoke-free building is healthier for residents and it’s also easier to keep clean and less expensive to maintain. Smoke-free is the way to be.