Smoke-Free for Infants and Children
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​Protect yourself and your family

Protect yourself and your family from the toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke. Keep your home and vehicle smoke-free!

Why?

Babies breathe faster, and have less developed immune systems than adults, so they are more affected by tobacco smoke. They are more likely to have:

  • Severe asthma and allergy attacks needing hospitalization
  • Ear and chest infections
  • SIDS – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Learning and behaviour difficulties in later years

What if I smoke or someone else in my household does?

  • Smoke outside, away from your baby
  • Don’t let anyone else smoke around your baby
  • Breastfeeding still provides many benefits to you and your baby even if you are unable to quit smoking. Breastfeed first before smoking or using nicotine gum, lozenge or inhaler.
  • Wear a “smoke-free” shirt after smoking to reduce the transfer of chemicals to your baby.

For more information see the Babies Need Breathing Space brochure.

When you are ready to quit, help is available!

Quitnow Services offers free, confidential advice from expert care coaches. Visit their website to join Quitnow online or by text. Or register for Quitnow toll free at 1-877-455-2233.

The B.C. Smoking Cessation Program assists BC residents with the cost of quit-smoking aids. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist to decide if quit-smoking medications are right for you.

Remember, it is against the law to smoke or use vapour products in a vehicle with a child under age 16!

 

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