The campaign focuses on common myths about secondhand smoke:
- The myth that blowing your smoke out a window or door prevents secondhand smoke exposure,
- The myth that ventilation in a home or car is a good strategy,
- The myth that room deodorizers can minimize risk, and
- The myth that if it’s not enough to smoke in another room, open windows, and get rid of the odor, then the only other option is to quit.
In children aged 18 months or younger, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports secondhand smoke exposure is responsible for an estimated 150,000–300,000 new cases of bronchitis and pneumonia annually and approximately 7,500–15,000 hospitalizations annually in the United States.
For more information on how to protect children from secondhand smoke go to IAmASmoke-FreeZone.org or visit Tobacco-Free Jeffco online.