The Smoke-free Home Pledge Initiative is designed to educate parents and caregivers about the health risks to children from secondhand smoke exposure and encourage them to commit to providing a smoke-free environment in their homes and cars. An estimated 20 percent of U .S. children 6 years of age or younger are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke in the home. Protecting children from secondhand smoke is especially important because their bodies are growing and developing. Exposure to secondhand smoke can cause children to experience more respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and middle-ear infections, and more frequent and severe asthma attacks. Secondhand smoke exposure has also been linked to low birth weights and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome also known as SIDS.
The project was conducted with the support of the Cigarette Restitution Fund
Howard County Chinese School Children's Smoke-free Homes Art Contest
Howard County Chinese School conducted a children's Smoke-free Homes art contest in May 2007. There were over 35 submissions. Four were selected by the students themselves as the best entries. Dr. Sherman Yen presented each winning student with a $50 check and all participants received an embossed book bag.