Secondhand Smoke in St. Louis

The dangers of smoking have been known for a long time, but smoking is still the #1 cause of preventable deaths in the United States. In St. Louis City, 27% of adults are currently smokers. That’s more than 1 out of every 4 people! In fact, the rate of smoking in St. Louis City is one of the highest in the country.

On average, about 90% of children’s exposure to secondhand smoke comes from parents who smoke. That may be a tough truth to take in, but it also means that parents have the power to make changes that have a big impact on the air their children breathe.

By 2011, both St. Louis City and St. Louis County enacted smoke free laws. These laws eliminate secondhand smoke from many of the workplaces, public buildings, restaurants, and bars throughout the St. Louis region. Eliminating smoking from public places is helping to protect the health of adults all over St. Louis. Unfortunately, youth are not as well protected. That’s because the main place that babies, children, and teenagers are subjected to secondhand smoke is in their own homes.

The bad news:

With so many adults in the City smoking, thousands of children in St. Louis are breathing in tobacco smoke every day. Secondhand smoke keeps our kids from being as healthy as they could be. It can cause or make worse two health problems that many St. Louis families are already dealing with: asthma and lead poisoning.

The good news:

There are ways you can start protecting your family from secondhand smoke today.