Quit smoking and improve your child’s education and grades
Submitted by the Asian Smokers’ Quitline
It’s back to school time but some students may have serious health issues that hinder them from attending regularly. Studies have shown that older children living with smokers are sick more often, resulting in more absences from school. Their lungs grow less than children who do not breathe secondhand smoke, and they are more prone to getting bronchitis and pneumonia.
“We want to encourage all smokers, especially those who are parents, to quit, not only for their own health, but for their children’s health and future success,” said Dr. Joann Lee, project manager of the Asian Smokers’ Quitline. “Secondhand smoke can cause serious health problems in children. It can result in more frequent and severe asthma attacks, as well as ear and respiratory infections.”
Secondhand smoke can damage a person’s lungs, which can lead to long-term breathing problems. Kids with asthma who are exposed to secondhand smoke sometimes experience more flare-ups, are more likely to go to the emergency room because of severe asthma attacks; more likely to miss school; require asthma medication; and will have more difficulty in controlling their asthma overall.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, secondhand smoke is the combination of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette and the smoke breathed out by smokers. It contains more than 7,000 chemicals, of which hundreds are toxic, and about 70 can cause cancer.
Parents and caregivers can help protect children and improve their health. Here are a few simple steps:
- Do not allow anyone to smoke near your child, especially in your home or car. Opening a window does not protect you or your child from smoke.
- Do not take your child to restaurants or other indoor public places that allow smoking.
- Teach your children to stay away from secondhand smoke.
- If you’re a smoker or know one, you can double the chances of successful quitting by calling the Asian Smokers’ Quitline, a free nationwide program for Chinese-, Korean-, and Vietnamese speakers who want to quit. The Asian Smokers’ Quitline is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Pacific Time:
- 1-800-838-8917 Mandarin and Cantonese
- 1-800-556-5564 Korean
- 1-800-778-8440 Vietnamese
The Asian Smokers’ Quitline (www.AsianSmokersQuitline.org), operated by the University of California, San Diego, offers free nationwide telephone assistance for Chinese-, Korean-, and Vietnamese-speakers who want to quit smoking and to also assist non-smokers seeking help for smokers. The funding for the new nationwide service is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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