Secondhand smoke contains more than 70 chemicals that can cause cancer.
Secondhand smoke is damaging to anyone exposed to it, but especially children. Studies show that older children whose parents smoke, get sick more often. Their lungs are smaller than children who do not breathe in secondhand smoke, and they are more susceptible to getting illnesses like bronchitis and pneumonia. What’s worse is that studies have shown that the main place children are exposed to secondhand smoke is at home.
Tobacco smoke can get onto many surfaces on your home and the toxic residue can linger there for days, weeks, or even months. It leaches into the walls, floors, furniture, clothes, toys and other household surfaces within minutes after it is exhaled. In addition, airing out rooms or if you live in an apartment complex, living in a nonsmoking unit down the hall from the smoking units, does not always allow protection.
Make a difference in your life, your child's life and everyone else’s by not allowing tobacco smoke in or around your apartment or house.
If you are a tenant and suffering from secondhand smoke in your unit, there are steps you can take to mitigate this and work with your neighbors and landlord to adopt a smoke-free policy for your building. Find out more information at TobaccoFreeCA.
If you are a smoker and are ready to take the next steps to living a smoke-free life, call the California Smokers Helpline for FREE help to quit smoking at: 1-800-NO-BUTTS or visit www.nobutts.com.
If you have questions or would like help talking to your landlord contact Tobacco Free Trinity at (530) 623-2024.