Second Hand Smoke

Dr. Ellen Hahn from University of Kentucky Center for Smoke Free Policy

Dr. Ellen Hahn from the Center for Smoke Free Policy training Kenton County Alliance on second hand smoke dangers and prevention strategies.


Children cannot protect themselves against the dangers of second hand smoke.  Everyone deserves to breathe clean air. That is why Kenton County Alliance supports smoke free public places.

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for smokers, but did you know:

  • Breathing smoke from someone else’s cigarette, pipe, or cigar can make you and your children sick
  • Smoking inside a home or car is more dangerous because smoke gets trapped inside – even fans and open windows don’t help
  • Children who live in homes where people smoke get sick more often with coughs, breathing problems such as asthma, and ear infections
  • Secondhand smoke is also linked to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Secondhand smoke can cause lung cancer in adults and is also bad for the heart

The above information was taken from EPA pamphlet 402-F-06-004.  Please go to www.epa.gov/smokefree to find out more.