Letter: Economic Impact of Secondhand Smoke

From: Lynn Ramberg

Columbus

Did you know that secondhand smoke costs Hoosiers $2.1 billion in medical expenses and premature death every year? That’s $328 per person. I can think of several things I would rather spend my money on. Think for a minute. What could you do with an extra $300?

The scientific evidence has confirmed over and over again that there are no safe levels of exposure to secondhand smoke. It harms everyone, but most importantly, our children. Secondhand smoke has been linked to low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome, respiratory issues like asthma, ear infections, allergies and cognitive/behavioral impairment. Our future generations deserve to be protected from these harmful toxins.

We all need to do our part and make a difference by standing up for our children. If you see someone smoking in a car or in a home with children, ask them to take it outside away from others. Speak up for our youths. In fact, don’t all Hoosiers deserve to breathe clean air?

For free help to quit, call 1-800-784-8669 or eQuitnow.com. Indiana’s free QuitNow resources are available 24/7.