• June 2014
  • Vol. 15, No. 6

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Protecting Children From Secondhand Smoke

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, while secondhand smoke exposure among children has declined over the past 15 years, children remain more heavily exposed to secondhand smoke than adults. As a result, Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy (GASP) posted a white paper that directly addresses States' legal, ethical, and moral obligations to provide safe and healthy homes for children and youth in foster care.

In the white paper, GASP summarized statutes from 18 States and three California counties that require smoke-free homes and transportation for children and youth in care. Child welfare agencies and programs can look to this resource to learn about new or updated requirements in their States. Additionally, GASP identified jurisdictions in which smoke-free cars are required for all children, whether or not they are in care. Supporting studies about the impact of smoking and smoke-free homes on children also are provided.

Protecting Foster/Resource Family Children From Secondhand Smoke in Homes and Cars is available on the GASP website:

http://www.njgasp.org/d_Foster_Homes_and_Cars.pdf (234 KB)

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