Grand Canyon University
Why Tobacco Smoke is injurious to your family.
* Infants and children are internally still growing. Their organs are still young and have a higher risk to be damaged.
* Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden, unexplained, unexpected death of an infant in the first year of life. SIDS is the leading cause of death in an otherwise healthy infant. Secondhand smoke increases the risk for SIDS.
* Infants who die from SIDS have higher concentrations of nicotine in their lungs and higher levels of cotinine (a biological marker for secondhand smoke exposure) than infants who die from other causes (www.cdc.gov)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2006.
Environmental factors play a critical role in creating an atmosphere for good health among children. Health risks of home environment and indoor air pollutions are recognized as sources of injury and exacerbation of illness that puts children at more risk than adults. There are several of these environmental factors that can impact a child’s health. One common but very dangerous of these factors is Tobacco smoke. The goal is of this pamphlet is to create awareness of the risks and dangers that tobacco smoke presents to a child health.
Prevention of tobacco smoke must be taken seriously in order to maintain better health among children.
* Community Resource #1
Illinois Tobacco Free Community
* Community Resource #2
Smoke Free Illinois
• National Resource
National Tobacco Control Program
* Web-Based Resource