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Should you smoke indoors?

Smoke is an easily preventable pollutant in indoor air quality. You should not smoke indoors or in your car, and you should enforce the "no smoking" rule upon your guests as well. If you must smoke go outdoors or in a well ventilated area.

Infants and toddlers are most vulnerable to serious health problems from secondhand smoke because their lungs are still developing and they have higher breathing rates than adults.  Health issues from exposure to smoke include asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), pneumonia, ear infections, upper and lower respiratory infections, and cancer. According to the EPA, children's exposure to secondhand smoke is responsible for respiratory tract infections that result in 7,500 to 15,000 hospitalizations each year.

Smoke not only comes from cigarettes and cigars. Wood fireplaces, candles, and incense are just a few other smoke- releasing items to consider using in ventilated areas or not using at all.

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