Are you doing enough to protect your children from secondhand smoke and e-cigarette vapor?



Secondhand smoke exposure occurs when people breathe in smoke or aerosol from e-cigarettes, breathed out by people who smoke, vape, or from burning nicotine products. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.



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Keep your home and car smoke-free and vape-free.

Protect your child from secondhand smoke and e-cigarette vapor.

Adopt tobacco-free rules, that include e-cigarettes, in your home and car.

Tips on How to Protect your Child

What can I do to protect my child?

  • Adopt tobacco-free rules, including e-cigarettes, in your home and car.
  • Post a sign or decal for your home and car that reminds people not to smoke or vape.
  • Create a place to smoke or vape outside and away from doors and windows.
  • Remove all the ashtrays in your home.
  • Store your cigarettes and e-cigarettes out of easy reach in your home or in the trunk while you drive.
  • Keep e-liquid away from children. E-liquid contains toxic ingredients that can be accidentally swallowed or absorbed through the skin. E-liquid cartridges are also a choking hazard for small children.
  • Contact your health care provider or a tobacco quitline to get help to quit smoking completely, including e-cigarettes.
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Learn more to protect your child.

Even when you can’t smell it, cigarette smoke and e-cigarette vapor can still harm your child.

There are hazardous chemicals that once released into the air can cause asthma, other lung problems, ear infections, and SIDS. E-cigarette vapor is not harmless. Nicotine that is released into the air can harm brain development in children and young adults.

Secondhand Smoke: What it Means to You

E-cigarette Aerosol and Other Risks


Only 1 in 5 US parents who use e-cigarettes have strictly enforced vape-free policies for their home and car | View Source

In NM, 1 in 3 high school youth 1 in 4 middle school youth are exposed to secondhand smoke. (2017 YRRS) Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals — 70 of them can cause cancer | View Source

Percent of students exposed to secondhand smoke

  • High School Youth 33% 33%
  • Middle School Youth 25% 25%

SIDS Deaths Per Year

430 SIDS deaths per year are caused by secondhand smoke | View Source

Up to 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections

Up to 15,000 hopitalizations annually

In the US, secondhand smoke causes up to 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections and up to 15,000 hospitalizations annually in children under 18 months of age. | View Source

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Switching from smoking to vaping does not protect your child.

E-cigarette aerosol is not harmless.

The use of products containing nicotine poses dangers to youth, pregnant women, and fetuses. The use of products containing nicotine in any form among youth, including in e-cigarettes, is unsafe.


Secondhand smoke and e-cigarette vapor can cause serious health problems.

  • Kids who are around secondhand smoke get sick more often.
  • Secondhand smoke can cause asthma and trigger an asthma attack.
  • Wheezing and coughing are more common in kids who breathe secondhand smoke.
  • Kids who breathe secondhand smoke get more infections in their lungs and ears. They may also get fluid in their ears and need operations to put tubes in the ears to drain the fluid.
  • The aerosol from e-cigarettes is not a harmless vapor and usually contains nicotine. Nicotine exposure during adolescence can harm the developing adolescent brain and can disrupt the formation of brain circuits that control attention and learning.
  • Nicotine is addictive and can also train the brain to be more easily addicted to other drugs.
  • The aerosol created by e-cigarettes can contain ingredients that are harmful, including: nicotine; ultrafine   particles; flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease; volatile organic compounds such as benzene; and heavy metals, such as nickel and lead.
  • The use of products containing nicotine is unsafe for youth, pregnant women, and fetuses.
  • Secondhand smoke increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is the sudden,  unexplained unexpected death of an infant in the first year of life. SIDS is the leading cause of death in   otherwise healthy infants.

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