June 8, 2007, Newsletter Issue #42: Air Quality and Ailments

Tip of the Week

Did you know that in addition to heart and lung disease, second hand smoke and a lack of healthy air contributes to ailments that seem unrelated to the inhalation of tobacco smoke? One of the side effects of second hand smoke is an increased occurrence of ear infections in children. This can happen alongside the usual respiratory ailments, asthma attacks, and even Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. SIDS is also attributed in some cases to second hand smoke.

The EPA offers a program to help people make their homes smoke free. In addition to the purchase of air purifier equipment and tobacco cessation programs already on the market, you can now go to http://www.epa.gov/smokefree/pledge/index.html to take the EPA's Smoke Free Home pledge and get helpful information that can assist you in your quest for Healthy Air in the home.

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