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And why now is
the time to do it
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Why have a smoke-free home?
Second-hand smoke is very harmful to health.
• Non-smokers who live with second-hand smoke are more likely to get
sick or die from serious illness such as cancer and heart disease.
• Women who live with second-hand smoke are more likely to
have low-birthweight babies, pre-term delivery, and miscarriage.
• Even cats and dogs whose owners smoke have higher rates of cancer!
Second-hand smoke is especially bad for children.
When parents smoke …
• Babies are more likely to die from Sudden
Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
• Children have more illnesses, including
ear infections and asthma.
• Teens are more likely to become smokers
Smoking damages your home
and your property
• Cigarette smoke permanently damages furniture, curtains, rugs, paint,
clothing, bedding, books, art and other items.
• Cigarettes can leave burn marks on furniture and rugs.
• Smoking is a leading cause of home fires.
• Insurance rates are often higher. (Check with your insurance company
about lower rates for smoke-free homes.)
More and more families have rules
Even smokers are making their homes smoke-free.
• The best way to protect your family from second-hand smoke is
to quit smoking, but even smokers can protect those around them.
• 2 out of 3 New York City adults — including a third of the city’s
smokers — have rules against smoking in their homes.
There are many advantages.
• A smoke-free home