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. By being tobacco free, you set an example that helps them never start in the first place. 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 children. It harms infants and young children even more, because 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
- Make your home and vehicle smokefree.
- Plan family outings at tobacco-free locations.
- Teach your children about the effects of tobacco and the dangers of smoking. Learn how to talk to your kids about being tobacco free.
- Ask places that you visit to become tobacco free.
- For free quit help, call the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit OKHelpline.com
- Talk to your doctor about ways to protect your family and the health risks associated with tobacco.
- If your child is already struggling with tobacco or vape use, visit MyLifeMyQuit.com today. My Life, My Quit is a free text-based service to help youth quit tobacco, including vapes. Youth 13-17 can join the program by texting “Start My Quit” to 36072.
- Learn how to help protect Oklahoma children from the dangers of tobacco.