Living in a smoke-free environment
Tobacco, vaping, and cannabis products give off smoke or other substances that are dangerous, especially for babies and young children.
Babies and children are more sensitive to tobacco smoke and aerosols (airborne substances) because their organs are still developing.
Asthma, otitis, bronchitis and pneumonia are more common in children exposed to tobacco smoke. Exposure to tobacco smoke also increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) (see Sudden infant death syndrome).
Smoking in the home poses a threat to the health of everyone who lives there. The dangerous products in smoke spread throughout the air, settle on the ground and on objects, and stay there for months. Opening the windows, turning on the range hood, or smoking in a designated room are not effective solutions. Even a high power ventilation system like the ones you sometimes see in public places cannot eliminate all cigarette smoke.
That is why you should not smoke in the home, even when your children are not there. For your child’s health, do not smoke in your home or car.
Sudden infant death syndrome: The unexplainable sudden death of an apparently healthy newborn under the age of one.