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Smoke-Free Homes


Smoke-Free Homes and Asthma program


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In Ontario, more than 160,000 young people under age 18 were regularly exposed to second-hand smoke in their homes and family vehicles in 2006.  Furthermore, 12,000 to 15,000 children suffer from asthma each year because of exposure to second-hand smoke in their homes, family vehicles, or vacation accommodations. The Lung Association’s Smoke-Free Homes and Asthma program addresses this problem of smoking and second-hand smoke exposure as a cause of asthma symptoms.  This program links asthma, smoking prevention and education efforts at the community level.

The purpose of the Smoke-Free Homes and Asthma program is to increase the number of homes that are smoke-free in Ontario and to raise awareness of second-hand smoke as a trigger for asthma.  Those at greatest risk are children, teens and adults who have asthma and live in homes where smoking is allowed.

Children exposed to second-hand smoke:

    • Have more asthma attacks
    • Have asthma attacks that are more severe
    • Have more ear infections
    • Are admitted to hospital more often

The Lung Association is developing a long-term plan based on past and current research, to protect children and all individuals exposed to second-hand smoke in their homes and vehicles.

To learn how to make your home smoke free, order or download the “Smoke-Free Homes” brochure.

For more information or to order smoke-free homes resources:

    • Lung Health Information Line: 1-888-344-LUNG (5864)

      Available to residents of Ontario, Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm.  Certified Respiratory Educators can help you understand and take control of your asthma.

    • Smoke-Free Homes Resource Centre