Child Safety

Second Hand Smoke Facts

Consider these startling facts about the affects of second hand smoke:

  • Each year 8,000-26,000 children will develop asthma as a result of a parent who smoked at least 10 cigarettes a day.
  • Each year 200,000-1,000,000 children have their asthma worsened by second hand smoke.
  • Enrollment in a smoking cessation program such as NYQUITS more than doubles a person's chance of quitting.
  • Second hand smoke is as serious health hazard and can be related to sudden infant death syndrome, ear infections, and increase the need for ear surgery.
  • Second hand smoke exposure occurs in an estimated 22 million children aged 3 -11 years and 18 million youth aged 12-19 years.
  • Infants and young children whose parents smoke are at higher risk of infections such as colds, pneumonia, bronchitis, and bronchiolitis (RSV).

We Want to Help

We at Golisano Children's Hospital know it is hard to quit and want to support families as much as possible. Some things to consider:

  • Have a SMOKE FREE car.
  • Have a SMOKE FREE home.
  • Have SMOKE FREE child care.
  • Call NYS Smoker's Quit Line at 1(866) NY-QUITS (1(866) 697-8487) for trained specialists and free nicotine replacement (which more than doubles the chance of quitting).
  • Call the Rochester-Based Smoker's Health Project at (585) 530-2050 and receive up to 6 weeks of free nicotine replacement and one on one counseling.
  • Set a quit date and try nicotine replacement.
  • Call your physician's office for support.