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Protect Yourself and Your Family from Secondhand Smoke

Quit. If you smoke, you should quit. This is especially important if you are expecting a baby. You can consult your physician for help. Over 44 million Americans have successfully quit smoking. You can do it too!

If you haven't quit, take your smoking outside. Do not smoke around your spouse or family members, and especially not around children. Children are particulary vulnerable to ear infections, eye infections, and asthma attacks from secondhand smoke. Even pets can get sick from secondhand smoke.

Encourage household members who smoke to quit. If it's not possible to stop their smoking ask them and visitors to smoke outside of your home.

Don't allow smoking in your car.

Go to smoke free business. Be sensitive to the places where you're most likely to encounter secondhand smoke and avoid them. (Smoke free entertainment in King County, Smoke free restaurants in King County)

Ask people to "please don't smoke" in the presence of you or your family. If this is not possible, take responsibility of your own health and just leave the situation.

Learn more about your local smoking laws. You are legally protected against secondhand smoke exposure in most public places.

Contact your local, state, and national legislators. inform them that you are aware of the health risks from secondhand smoke and that you want decisive legislative action to protect yourself, your family and your community.

Find out more about secondhand smoke at:
    Washington's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program: Secondhand Smoke


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