A big barrier that many smokers face when trying to quit is being around other smokers, especially if they are close friends or family members. This is a good time to practice your assertiveness and decide ways you will handle these situations!
Here are some suggestions:
Secondhand smoke is as harmful to you and your baby as when you smoke. It can include the smoke exhaled from the smoker's mouth, or the smoke from the cigarette tip. It still contains the over 4,000 dangerous chemicals found in the cigarette and is thought to cause 53,000 deaths a year in the U.S. All of the same newborn effects and problems apply too.
What is Third Hand Smoke?
It is the lingering tobacco smoke residue that remains after a cigarette is put out. Toxins layer every part of a person's home including furniture, dust, clothing, carpet, hair, skin, toys, walls and bedding. The chemicals can last for days, weeks, even months - long after a cigarette is put out!
Infants and children are at particular risk due to spending much of their time indoors, are at close contact with smoking adults and are near dust and objects. Click here to learn more about Third Hand Smoke.