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Last Reviewed: March 2017


Secondhand smoke

Secondhand smoke is particularly dangerous for children because children have smaller lungs and therefore have to breathe in and out more often. Children who breathe in secondhand smoke have a greater chance of:

  • Dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (also known as crib death)
  • Getting chronic ear infections
  • Having tubes inserted in their ears (Ear Tube Surgery)
  • Getting bronchitis and pneumonia and are more likely to need hospital care to recover
  • Getting asthma or having more severe asthmatic attacks

Secondhand smoke is considered a serious health hazard for every age group, especially children. Learn the dangers of secondhand smoke and ways to protect your children and family from its health hazards.

For more information:
Region of Peel — Public Health   
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Caledon residents call free of charge at 905-584-2216
To speak with a Public Health Nurse


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Revised: Wednesday June 28 2017


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