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Secondhand smoke

Unborn babies are particularly vulnerable to second-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke can harm unborn babies because chemicals can reach them through their mother’s placenta and can increase their risk of low birth weight and slowed growth. Second-hand smoke is also dangerous for babies and children.

Increased health risks from second-hand smoke include:

  • sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • asthma
  • pneumonia
  • bronchitis
  • ear infection
  • breathlessness and coughing

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 on the dangers of secondhand smoke, visit Health Canada.

For more information:

Region of Peel - Public Health
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
to speak with a Public Health Nurse

Caledon residents call free of charge at 905-584-2216

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Revised: Wednesday May 22 2019


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