There are tons of reasons to quit smoking, but the most important one is to protect the health of you and your family. Your children look up to you, and by being tobacco free, you set an example for them to never start. Plus, you reduce your family’s exposure to secondhand smoke, one of the most dangerous smoking risks.
Secondhand smoke is dangerous to you, but it’s especially harmful to your children. Infants and young children are particularly vulnerable, as their bodies have not yet fully developed. Exposure to secondhand smoke can lead to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), ear infections, asthma attacks, lower respiratory complications and weaker lungs when exposed during pregnancy.
How to protect your family from the effects of secondhand smoke:
- Make your home and vehicle smokefree.
- Plan family outings at tobacco-free locations.
- Teach your children about effects of tobacco and the dangers of smoking.
- Ask places that you visit to become tobacco free.
- Call the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline for free help quitting.