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