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VIDEO: Secondhand Smoke and Kids

Posted on December 20, 2011
by Wendy Stackhouse

The Indoor Air Quality Association published a new video recently about the dangers of environmental tobacco smoke, especially as it relates to children’s health.

Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is commonly known as secondhand smoke and it is the smoke from the burning end of a cigarette, cigar or pipe as well as the smoke exhaled by a smoker.

Environmental tobacco smoke contains over 4000 different compounds and 40 known carcinogens. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that ETS causes between 150,000 and 300,000 respiratory tract infections every year in children under the age of 18 months and older children can have lower lung function.

Our blog was not yet live during November’s Lung Cancer Awareness Month but we don’t want to neglect this important indoor air health issue just because we’re a little late. If you smoke, please take it outside. If you need help to quit smoking, check out these resources from SmokeFree.gov.

There are so many dangerous things out there we can’t avoid. Let’s all make an effort to avoid the ones that we can!

Happy Holidays!

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