Vermont's smoke-free laws protect the public from the health risks of secondhand smoke in workplaces, motor vehicles, public places and childcare settings
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.
Children and Secondhand Smoke
Secondhand smoke is especially harmful to children. It causes health problems and makes the following conditions worse:
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Ear Infections
- Breathing Problems
- Eye Irritation
What Can I Do?
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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:
- Cut down on your smoking.
- Stop smoking in your house or your car.
- Don’t smoke when your children are present.
- Ask family and friends to leave their smoke outside.
- Make sure there is no smoking at your child’s day care.
- Think of your children as “smoke-free zones” even when they are outside, and keep smoke far, far away from them.
Create a Smoke-Free Zone
Facts and tips to help you Make Your World a Smoke-Free Zone.
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