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Healthy Kids Healthy Futures

Please Don't Smoke Around Us


Facts About Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke “SHS” comes from the burning end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar and from the smoke that is blown into the air by the smoker.


Secondhand Smoke Harms Your Child

  • Does your child suffer from frequent ear infections, colds, wheezing, and asthma attacks? Children that live in homes where adults smoke are often suffering from illnesses caused by secondhand smoke. Chronic cough, wheezing, and phlegm are more frequent in children whose parents smoke.
  • Each year, exposure to secondhand smoke causes 150,000 to 300,000 lower respiratory tractinfections (such as pneumonia and bronchitis) in infants and children younger than 18 months of age.
  • Secondhand smoke increases the risk of sudden infant death (SIDS). A recent study found that infants are three times more likely to die from SIDS if their mothers smoke during and after pregnancy. They are twice as likely to die from SIDS if their mothers stop smoking during pregnancy and then resume smoking following birth.


Unlike adults, children cannot ask adults not to smoke or refuse to ride in the car.


What can you do?

  •  Make your home and car smoke-free.
  • Ask people not to smoke around you and your children.
  • If you are a smoker…the single best way to protect your family from secondhand smoke is to quit smoking. In the meantime, you can protect your family by making your home and vehicles smoke-free and only smoking outside. A smoke-free home rule can also help you quit smoking.
  •  Visit to find resources to help you quit.
  •  To access the Michigan telephone quit line, call 1-800-480QUIT (1-800-480-7848)