Clearing the Air for Kids in Henry County Preschools and DaycaresWritten by Theresa Rose on April 15, 2019
The Smoke Free Air Act, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2018, prohibits smoking in childcare homes and centers; however, it does not extend to smokeless tobacco. That means products like chewing tobacco or e-cigarettes are legal to use unless a business implements a tobacco and nicotine free policy.
Childcare facilities and preschools are safe places where children learn and grow. They should not be places of potential exposure to “thirdhand” smoke. Thirdhand smoke is the residue and harmful toxins that cling to surfaces including clothing and hair of an individual who uses tobacco or nicotine throughout the day. Exposure to thirdhand smoke could increase a child’s risk for asthma, allergies and other health problems.
“It’s beneficial for both the children and the employer to enact a tobacco and nicotine free policy at their childcare center or preschool,” said Chris Kempker, Henry County Tobacco Prevention Coordinator, “Besides protecting children from thirdhand smoke, these policies have been shown to reduce direct healthcare costs to the business, reduce absenteeism and increase productivity.”
All Henry County preschools and 9 daycares have adopted a tobacco and nicotine free policy in the past few years. ISU Extension and Outreach Henry County]congratulates all of these preschools and daycares and can assist with implementing a tobacco and nicotine free policy at other area businesses. Free resources and signage are available.
Call 319-385-8126 for more information.