Great American Smokeout promotes a chance to quit

| December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
Growing evidence indicates young children are impacted by secondhand smoke effects. (Courtesy photo)

Growing evidence indicates young children
are impacted by secondhand smoke effects. (Courtesy photo)

News Release
The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity for smokers to ban together and quit smoking for 24 hours.

This year on Nov. 20, military service members, who smoke, were asked to quit smoking and protect family, friends, children and pets from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.

They were asked to commit to quit and give quitting a chance.

Risk assessment
Most service members know the health risks of smoking, but smoking not only affects the smoker’s health, it also poses significant risks to others.

Secondhand smoke contains over 250 chemicals that are harmful to anyone exposed, leading to serious health risks.

Secondhand smoke is especially harmful to young children, who are still developing, growing and learning.

Each year, secondhand smoke is responsible for between 150,000 and 300,000 lower respiratory infections in infants and children under 18 months of age.

Pregnant women who are exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to have low-birth weight babies, and their children are at increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

UCanQuitArmyBanner“You may be thinking to yourself, but what if I don’t smoke in my house, are my children still at risk?” said Paul Fitzpatrick, program director for Quit Tobacco – “The answer is yes. Even brief contact with secondhand smoke is hazardous and can even be passed from toxins on clothing. There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.”

It’s not just the humans in a household that are affected by secondhand smoke. Pets have an increased risk of developing lung and nasal cancer. Both cats and dogs are more susceptible to allergy and respiratory problems in smoking households.

The easiest way to reduce the harm of secondhand smoke to loved ones is to quit tobacco. Commit to quit and give quitting a chance.

More Online
In preparation before going smoke-free, get quit resources, tobacco cessation information and live support from

Watch the Tobbacco Cessation video at


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