Secondhand Smoke

Smoke-Free ZoneSecondhand tobacco smoke can result in eye and throat irritation, and increase the risk of lung cancer, respiratory diseases, and heart attacks.

Vermont's smoke-free laws protect the public from the health risks of secondhand smoke in workplaces, motor vehicles, public places and childcare settings. Learn more.

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.

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Children's Health and Secondhand Smoke

Children who are around secondhand smoke are at more risk for Sudden Unexpected Infant Death, asthma, lung infections, ear infections, pneumonia, bronchitis and other medical problems.

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What Can I Do?

Quit Smoking

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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:

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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