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  • 1. BREATHE EASY
    An initiative to clean up the air for our children
    The National Health Institute
  • 2. NHI’s Breathe-Easy Initiative
    An outgrowth of NHI’s commitment to health and wellness
    Spearheaded by parents, who want cleaner air for their children
    Encourage people to reduce air pollution indoors and outdoors
    Newsletters
    Conferences
    Seminars
    Promotional materials
    Special task force targets smokers because of the harmful effects of secondhand smoke
    4/13/2010
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  • 3. What is Secondhand Smoke?
    Smoke exhaled by a smoker
    Smoke from the burning end of cigarettes, cigars, and pipes
    Composed of nearly 4,000 different chemicals and chemical components
    Often called involuntary smoking or passive smoking
    4/13/2010
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  • 4. Why Should Parents Be Concerned?
    Effect on lungs
    Children who breathe secondhand smoke are more likely to suffer from pneumonia, bronchitis, and other lung diseases
    Ear infections
    Children who breathe secondhand smoke can have more ear infections
    Asthma
    Children who breathe secondhand smoke have more asthma attacks and the episodes can be more severe.
    Secondhand smoke causes healthy children to develop asthma each year.
    4/13/2010
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  • 5. Secondhand Smoke is a Health Risk to the Unborn Child
    Miscarriage
    Premature birth
    Low birth weight
    Sudden infant death syndrome
    4/13/2010
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  • 6. Living With a Smoker Makes a Child More Likely to Smoke
    4/13/2010
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  • 7. Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke
    4/13/2010
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  • 8. Did You Know That…?
    Infants whose mothers smoked were 38 percent more likely to be admitted to the hospital for bronchitis and pneumonia.
    Children living in households where more than three packs of cigarettes were smoked per day were four times more likely to be hospitalized for ear tubes.
    Children younger than one year whose mothers smoked four times more likely to be hospitalized.
    4/13/2010
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  • 9. Children of Smokers
    Cough and wheeze more and have a harder time getting over colds
    Get more sore throats and colds
    Get eye irritations and hoarseness
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  • 10. What Can You Do?
    4/13/2010
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  • 11. Take Three Pledges:
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  • 12. And Support NHI’s Breathe-Easy Iniatitive
    4/13/2010
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    Buy a Breathe-Easy Button Today!
    www.breatheeasy.org
  • 13. 4/13/2010
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    Thanks for Letting Us Breathe Easier