Goshen News, Goshen, IN

September 11, 2013

Don't smoke with kids around

— I would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Any exposure to secondhand smoke is unsafe, especially to our children. Tobacco smoke contains toxic and cancer-causing ingredients. Smoking around kids and babies increases their risk of Sudden Death Syndrome, respiratory tract infections, severe asthma and ear problems.

We can protect our children by making their environment smoke-free. Anyone can make a difference by promising not to smoke in homes where children live or visit and can also have a no-smoking rule in cars children may ride in.

Children deserve a breath of fresh air where they live, learn and play. Older kids benefit too, as smoke-free homes are associated with lower rates of teen smoking. All families can create a healthy habit this new school year. Keep children clear of secondhand smoke!

— Beckie Lies

Tobacco Control of Elkhart County Coalition