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 program was developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (Chinese language information is available here)
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