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February 7, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Feb. 7, 2013

Children and smoke

TO THE EDITOR: As a tobacco dependence specialist and a mother of two wonderful boys, I feel obligated to share how second-hand smoke hurts children.

I work with health-care providers in our area to address tobacco use with their patients (ready and not ready to quit). One topic I believe is important to discuss is adopting a smoke-free home/car policy regardless if you smoke or not. It saddens me when I see people smoking in cars with children.

Some facts:

• Children exposed to second-hand smoke in the home are at a much higher risk for developing Attention Deficit Disorder and other learning disabilities. 

• According to the American Lung Association, maternal smoking during pregnancy is estimated to double the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. 

• Children exposed to second-hand smoke suffer from an increase in acute respiratory infections, ear problems and more frequent and severe asthma attacks because it slows lung growth. 

• Children typically have no control over their indoor environments. Moving to another room, opening a window and using fans or air conditioners is not enough to protect children from smoke exposure.

• Pregnant women exposed to second-hand smoke have a greater chance of a difficult delivery and smaller-than-average baby. 

If you are a smoker, the best thing you can do for your health and the health of the next generation is to quit.

If you are not ready, enforce no-smoking rules in your house and car to protect children from second-hand smoke.

If you would like window decals indicating your house/car are smoke-free, contact us at 897-5980 with your mailing address.

For help quitting, call New York State Smokers’ Quitline at 1-866-NYQUITS (1-866-697-8487).

HEIDI DISHMAN

North Country Tobacco Cessation Center

 

Tobacco industry

TO THE EDITOR: How come we are not taking more action against Big Tobacco industries like Marlboro to keep them from targeting kids?

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