By Laura Albert, Tobacco Prevention Specialist |
At the Safety/Health Fair held at the Oelwein Elementary School last week, our team set shared information on Substance Abuse Prevention services available in Fayette County. As part of our display, we handed out Quit Kits for help with chewing and smoking cessation. However, despite our best efforts for encouraging people to get help to overcome their tobacco addiction, it was the kids who were the best advocates.
One young boy told his mom that she needed one of those kits so she would stop smoking. Mom wasn’t so sure she was ready to stop, but she took a kit with her anyway.
Another family came by, and the two daughters quickly picked up two Quit Kits, each insisting to their mom and dad, “Here you two need this. You need to stop smoking!” The parents laughed and agreed to look the information over once they got home.
Laura’s Top 5 Reasons for Parents to Quit Tobacco
- There is no safe level of secondhand smoke.
- Secondhand smoke can cause ear infections and coughs, and it make a child’s asthma worse.
- The harmful particles in secondhand smoke stay in the air, dust and upholstery of a car and any unwashed surfaces for weeks or months.
- Thirdhand smoke can harm babies. It increases an infant’s risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Plus, they spend much of their time on floors and near clothes that can have toxins from smoke. They transfer those toxins by putting their hands and mouths on these surfaces all day long, not to mention just through breathing in the toxins secondhand.
- Toxins from thirdhand smoke can build up to dangerous levels in a child’s body. This can cause learning problems for children.