Children can’t hide from secondhand smoke.
Smoking in another room like a bathroom or bedroom pollutes all the air in your home. In an apartment, smoke in one room can go through the whole building. Smoke goes under doors, windows, and through cracks. To protect the children inside, homes and apartment buildings must be smoke-free.
- Opening a window or using a fan does not protect children.
- Air purifiers and air fresheners do not remove smoke’s poisons.
- Smoke from one cigarette can stay in a room for hours. Don’t smoke at home, even when children aren’t there.
No amount of secondhand smoke is safe. Even when you can’t smell it, cigarette smoke can still harm your child.
We must protect children from secondhand smoke everywhere.At Home. Do not allow anyone to smoke inside your home. Do not let babysitters, family members, or friends smoke around your children.
In Day Care. Make sure smoking is not allowed in your child’s day care.
At School. Make sure your child’s school is smoke-free inside and out. All school events are required by law to be “No Smoking.”
In Your Car. Do not allow anyone to smoke if children are riding in your car. Rolling down a window does not protect them.
Take steps to protect your children from secondhand smoke.Children respect and learn from your actions and words. As caregivers, we teach our children by the choices we make.
- Ask people not to smoke around your children.
- Support family and friends who also want to stop smoking.
- Decide to have a smoke-free home and car, and ask family and friends to respect your decision.
- Get rid of all ashtrays in your home.
- Teach your children to stay away from secondhand smoke. Encourage your teens not to smoke.
- Make the decision to quit smoking. Get help from your doctor, family, and friends. Call the Colorado Quitline: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
TIPS TO KEEP A SMOKE-FREE HOME:
- Never smoke inside your home, even when it’s cold outside.
- Create a comfortable place to smoke outside and away for both yourself and any visitors who smoke.
- Keep a special ‘smoking jacket’ or other shirt you wear when you smoke, so you don’t bring clothes full of smoke back into a smoke free home.
- Wash tobacco residue off your hands when you come back inside.
- Keeping an umbrella near the door will help encourage you to go outside to smoke even when the weather is bad.
- Let guests know that your house is smoke-free and show them the smoking area.
- Consider posting a sign to remind visitors that there is no smoking in your house.
TIPS TO KEEP A SMOKE-FREE CAR:
- Do not smoke, ever, in a car that transports children.
- Remind passengers not to smoke in your car.
- Try to time your smoking to coincide with times when you know you will be without children at another location- Headed to work, where there is a designated smoking area? Try to hold off on your morning cigarette until you get there.
- Fill your car’s ashtray with spare change so you aren’t tempted to fill it with ash.
- Leave a cell phone charger or other device plugged into the car’s adapter outlet so you are not tempted to use it as a lighter.
- Keep a jacket and umbrella in the car to use in case you need to stop and smoke and the weather is bad.
- Store your cigarettes in the trunk or in another out-of-reach area while you drive.
- Consider putting up a sticker or decal on your car that reminds passengers that it is a no smoking vehicle.