Secondhand Smoke

Exposure to secondhand smoke can cause (or make worse) a wide range of health effects, including:Smoke-Free Zone

The Vermont Legislature created specific laws that restrict smoking in public places and work sites.

In addition to supporting the state’s smoking restriction laws aimed at reducing all Vermonters exposure to secondhand smoke, the Department of Health has put a special emphasis on some high-risk groups, such as children. The focus is on providing information to parents and caregivers, to protect children from secondhand smoke by creating a smoke-free zone around them.

Finally, we reach out to people with chronic conditions like asthma, who are aggravated or made worse by cigarette smoke.

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Children and Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke is especially harmful to children. It causes health problems and makes the following conditions worse:

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What Can I Do?

Quit Smoking Resources

If you smoke, the very best thing for you and those around you is to stop smoking. Vermont offers many resources to help you quit smoking.

If you’re not ready to quit yet, there are a lot of things you can do right now to protect your children:

Create a Smoke-Free Zone

Facts and tips to help you Make Your World a Smoke-Free Zone.

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More Resources

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

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