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Missoula City-County Health Department: Health Promotion

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Secondhand Smoke Exposure

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There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure.  Breathing secondhand smoke can make you sick.  Some of the diseases that secondhand smoke causes can kill you.  Even being around secondhand smoke for a short time can hurt your health.  Some effects are temporary.  But others are permanent.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The Health of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Coordinating Center for Health Promotion, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2006, pg 3.

 . . In the Work Place

Missoula Secondhand Smoke Ordinance
In 1999, the Health Department and the Board of Health played a significant role in getting the City Council to pass a Missoula ordinance to protect the public from the carcinogens of secondhand smoke. Since then, several other Montana cities passed a similar ordinance.

Montana Indoor Clean Air Act
In 2005, the state legislature passed the Montana Indoor Clean Air Act that prohibits smoking in all work places and public buildings in the entire state except some bars and casinos. However, in Oct. 2009, all bars and casinos must also be smoke-free. Thirteen other states currently have similar smoke-free laws.

Effects of Secondhand Smoke - American Lung Association
Effects of Secondhand Smoke - EPA

 . . In the Home

Exposure to 2nd hand smoke increases your children's risks of pneumonia, breathing problems, ear infections and asthma.  Detailed information of the how and why:

Effects of secondhand smoke on kids

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. . . his lungs, his ears and his throat.
Until you can stop Smoking,
go out for your kids!



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