Tobacco Free Child Care

Smoking a cigarette generates two kinds of tobacco smoke: mainstream smoke that is inhaled by the smoker and sidestream smoke from the smoldering cigarette. Secondhand smoke is a combination of the sidestream smoke and the mainstream smoke exhaled by smokers. Thirdhand smoke refers to the secondhand smoke gases and particles that stick to and become embedded in materials and objects, like carpet, walls, furniture, blankets, and toys.

Dangers of Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease in children and adults who do not smoke.

Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for:

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Acute respiratory infections
  • Ear problems
  • More severe asthma

Benefits of Tobacco Free Childcare

  • Protect people from the harms of secondhand and thirdhand smoke
  • Reduce tobacco related disease and death
  • Motivate smokers to quit
  • Reduce the number of people who start smoking

Coming Soon: List of Clean Air Childcare Facilities in Sedgwick County

Show your support for healthy lungs by pledging to maintain a tobacco free child care environment and participating in our recognition program. Click HERE for the survey to get started.