The home and family vehicle are essential spaces to keep smokefree as children and elders are at risk of lung related
issues caused from second- and thirdhand smoke. As children are exposed to airborne smoke particles,
there is risk of developing severe health issues such as asthma, lung diseases, or heart diseases.
Thirdhand smoke is when cigarette smoke particles land on furniture, car seats, or other surfaces continuing to
put children and elderly at risk. Switching from smoking to vaping does not protect your child or those around
you. E-cigarette aerosol is not harmless. It contains nicotine and other chemicals, which are harmful to everyone
who inhales it, especially youth, pregnant women, the elderly, and those who have lung illnesses.
Tips to make your home and car smoke-free:
- Never smoke inside your home. Note: Smoking indoors one time is enough to contaminate the rest of the house, even if you’re in a room with the doors closed.
- Do not smoke in a car that transports children. Smoking in your car even once can fill the seats and other materials with toxins.
- Remind passengers not to smoke in your car.
- Remove ashtrays, lighters and cigarettes from your car, home and workplace.
- Fill your car’s ashtray with spare change so you aren’t tempted to fill it with ash.
- Get rid of that cigarette smell (and the chemicals in cigarette smoke that sit on clothes and furniture).
- Vacuum your car and house and wash all of your clothes.
- If you live with a smoker, talk to them about keeping the home and cars smoke-free
- Politely ask your friends not to offer you cigarettes.
- 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.
- Consider putting up a sticker or decal on your car that reminds passengers that it is a no smoking home or vehicle. If you’d like a free home and/or window decal mailed to you, email [email protected]!