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Aug 04, 2016 (11:58 AM) Reply | Quote 

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Hi there. Thanks so much for reaching out through the Pregnets Discussion Board. It sounds like you’re really committed to building a healthy environment for your children!

It’s great that you’re taking the necessary precautions by not smoking in the car with your children to reduce their exposure to second-hand smoke (SHS). As you probably know, second-hand smoke comes from the end of a burning cigarette OR the smoke that is breathed out. By not smoking in front of your children you are protecting them from some of the harms caused by second hand smoke such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, coughing as well as an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.
However, even if your kids aren’t in the car when you are smoking, they are still at risk because they can be exposed to third-hand smoke. Third-hand smoke is the collection of all the toxic chemicals that are left over even after the cigarette (or any other tobacco product) has been put out. This smoke lingers in the environment and builds up over time in hair, skin, fabric, carpet, walls, furniture, toys, and even the seats of your car. An enclosed space like a room or a car holds in these toxic chemicals, resulting in third-hand smoke exposure.
Third-hand smoke can linger for months or even years, especially in a place where heavy or frequent smoking has occurred. Although third-hand smoke affects everyone, young children have been found to be especially vulnerable. In fact, they can actually take in 20x more third-hand smoke than adults because they breathe quicker than adults and can swallow dust when they crawl or put their hands into their mouths.

There are a lot of ways to protect yourself and your family from third-hand smoke. The best solution for you is to keep your car smoke-free and to try to smoke outdoors, away from entrances or windows. Also, try to wash your hands and clothes after smoking, or wearing a jacket when you smoke and then taking it off once you are finished. It can also be helpful to establish these rules for other family members and friends so you can provide a smoke-free home and car for your children.

For more information about third-hand smoke, here are some helpful fact sheets:

Good luck! Let us know what worked best for you!  


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Aug 04, 2016 (11:19 AM) Reply | Quote 

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The only time I getto smoke is in my car bc it’s my alone time. I’m careful not to smoke when my kiddies are with me. Someone told me smoking in my car is bad for my kids evenif their not in the that true?



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