United Indian Health Services Native Tobacco Project teamed up with the California Tobacco Control and Emory Rollins School of Public Health to provide brief over the phone counseling, consisting of three calls, as well as educational materials, to help families with smokers create a smoke-free home rule. This program is different from smoking cessation or quit smoking classes, in that its main focus is creating a smoke-free home, rather than focusing on quitting, although we are happy to help you with that, as well.
Secondhand smoke can have significant negative health effects on children, non-smokers, pets, and the home environment. Creating a Smoke-Free Home Rule—not allowing anyone to smoke in the home at any time or anywhere—reduces the dangers of secondhand smoke for everyone living in and visiting the home.
Thirdhand smoke is a relatively new term for a problem that has been silently affecting people worldwide for more than a century. This term refers to the residual contamination from tobacco smoke that lingers in houses and cars long after a person is done smoking. It sticks to clothes, curtains, carpets, walls, and all exposed surfaces. The offensive smell that smoking leaves behind isn’t harmless, it is an indicator that tobacco toxins are present in the area. Tobacco smoke is composed of many carcinogens and heavy metals, like arsenic, lead, and cyanide. Sticky, highly toxic particulates, like nicotine, can cling to walls and ceilings. Gasses can be absorbed into carpets, draperies, and other upholsteries. A 2002 study found that these toxic brews can then remit back into the air and recombine to form harmful compounds that remain at high levels long after smoking has stopped occurring.
In an effort to reduce second and thirdhand smoke exposure in the home, the Smoke-Free Homes: Some Things are Better Outside program was developed and tested through funding from the National Cancer Institute’s State and Community Tobacco Control Research Initiative and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Emory Prevention Research Center collaborated with university, United Way 2-1-1, and tobacco control partners to develop and test the program, which aims to help families create smoke-free home rules.
If you smoke inside, or someone you live with smokes inside your home, you could be eligible to participate in this program and receive $30 in gift cards. Gift cards for Safeway, Dutch Bros., ITunes, Subway or Pem-Mey are provided as an incentive to eligible participants who sign up for the program. Please contact Elizabeth Jackson or Stone Wallace, at (707) 825-5070, for more information.