Vermont's smoke-free laws protect the public from the health risks of secondhand smoke in workplaces, motor vehicles, public places and childcare settings
Tthe Department of Health has put a special emphasis on protecting high-risk groups, including children and people with chronic conditions like asthma. Help protect yourself and your family from secondhand smoke by creating a smoke-free zone.
Dangers of Tobacco Smoke in the Home
The home is where most children breathe secondhand smoke. Getting rid of smoking inside is the only way to protect non-smokers from tobacco smoke. Even if you keep smokers away from non-smokers and use a ventilation system it will not completely get rid of secondhand smoke.
Children and Secondhand Smoke
Secondhand smoke is especially harmful to children. It causes health problems and makes the following conditions worse:
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Ear Infections
- Breathing Problems
- Eye Irritation
What Can I Do?
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If you’re not ready to quit yet, there are a lot of things you can do right now to protect your children:
- Cut down on your smoking.
- Stop smoking in your house or your car.
- Don’t smoke when your children are present.
- Ask family and friends to leave their smoke outside.
- Make sure there is no smoking at your child’s day care.
- Think of your children as “smoke-free zones” even when they are outside, and keep smoke far, far away from them.
Create a Smoke-Free Zone
Facts and tips to help you Make Your World a Smoke-Free Zone.
Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke
US Surgeon General Report (2006)
Smoke-Free Homes Program
Environmental Protection Agency
American Lung Association
Environmental Tobacco Smoke
American Heart Association
Toolkit for Taking Action Against Secondhand Smoke
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention