In California, where smoking has been banned in workplaces since 1995, the next most unhealthy smoking environments that remain are homes and cars. These environments are particularly harmful where kids are concerned. California children who grow up in homes where parents smoke suffer:

  • Four to eight times (varies by study) higher rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Four times greater likelihood of needing tubes in their ears.
  • Many times higher rates of bronchitis, pneumonia, colds and other respiratory infections.
  • Reduced lung development and capacity.
  • Low-birth weight (statewide 1,200 to 2,200 cases annually).
  • More severe asthma (statewide 48,000 to 120,000 children).
  • Higher rates of school absenteeism, with national figures showing children exposed to second-hand smoke in their homes experiencing 18 million more days of restricted activity and 7 million more days of school missed.
  • Reduced ability to absorb essential nutrients like Vitamin C.

Because these are private environments, they likely will never be regulated. Nevertheless, KIISS wants smokers to know that when kids are present, they shouldn't smoke, period!

To advance these behavioral changes, KIISS provides a KIISS Kit, which includes:

  • Statistics on the dangers of exposing kids to second-hand smoke
  • A pledge for smokers to sign, promising that they won't smoke when kids are present.
  • Decals to display on homes and cars declaring them smoke-free for kid's sake.

Anne (Naughton) Guichard displays smoke-free home and car materials
Anne Guichard displays smoke-free home and car
materials at an Auburn, CA Health Fair!
 
Paul McIntyre displays smoke-free home and car material
Paul McIntyre displays smoke-free home and car
materials at an Auburn, CA Health Fair!
 
KIISS display at the 2006 Outcome Fair.
KIISS display at the 2006 Outcome Fair.
 
Visitors at the KIISS booth during the 2006 Loomis Health and Safety Fair
Visitors at the KIISS booth during the 2006 Loomis Health and
Safety Fair.
 
Paul and Amberlee McIntyre at the 2005 Eggplant Festival
Paul and Amberlee McIntyre at the 2005 Eggplant Festival.
 
I want to be smoke free too!
I want to be smoke free!
 
We want to be smoke free!
We want to be smoke free too!
 

 

 

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