Many Children Are Exposed to Secondhand Smoke
Smokefree Cars and Homes Protect Kids
According to the CDC, “Secondhand smoke exposure contributes to approximately 41,000 deaths among nonsmoking adults and 400 deaths in infants each year. Secondhand smoke causes stroke, lung cancer, and coronary heart disease in adults. Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, middle ear disease, more severe asthma, respiratory symptoms, and slowed lung growth.”
About 4 out of 10 U.S. children aged 3–11 years (40.6%) are exposed to secondhand smoke, and the main place where children are exposed is in the home.
Health Effects of Secondhand Smoke on Children
Secondhand smoke exposure is a huge health threat for many children. Learn the facts!
Children in the Home
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has information about children and secondhand smoke exposure in the home, and the health effects of exposure.
U.S. Smokefree Car Laws
Persons < age 14 (Effective 07/27/2011)
Persons < age 18 (Effective 01/01/2008)
Persons < age 13 (Effective 08/15/2006)
Persons < age 16 (Effective 09/01/2008)
Persons < age 18 (Effective 01/01/2014)
Persons < age 18 (Effective 08/09/2017)
Persons < age 16 (Effective 07/01/2014)
Persons < age 9 (Effective 07/01/2014)
Persons < age 8 (Effective 07/01/2016)