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Be cautious of secondhand smoke

Editor,

Even if you and the rest of your family do not smoke, it is best to always be cautious of the different environments your child is exposed to secondhand smoke in.

Do your child’s friends’ parents smoke inside the house? Do they play sports in an area that isn’t smoke free? Venues that you assume are smoke free, such as a public park, may still allow designated smoking areas. Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to get frequent coughs, colds, and ear infections. They are also more likely to have allergies or contract asthma.

Here are some simple ways to protect your child from secondhand smoke:

• Ask family and friends not to smoke in your home or car

• Make sure your child doesn’t visit homes or other places where you know smoking occurs

• Check with your child’s school to see if they have a tobacco-free grounds policy which also includes after school games and other events

Are you interested in seeing Daviess County go completely smoke-free? Get connected with Breathe Easy Daviess County by visiting @dctobaccofree on Facebook. Find out about Breathe Easy Daviess County’s vision for a healthier, happier, and thriving Daviess County.

Myranda Knepp, TPC Program Coordinator – Daviess County

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