Campaign urges people to stop smoking in homes
Northern Kentucky health officials Sunday launched a campaign to stop people from smoking in their homes.
The Tobacco Prevention Coalition of Northern Kentucky kicked off a ''Smoke-Free Home Pledge'' promotional campaign Sunday afternoon at Newport on the Levee.
The coalition is urging people to stop smoking at home because it puts the health of their families at risk.
Scores of tri-state residents at Sunday's event took pledges promising to stop smoking at home.
Smoke in homes endangers the health of non-smokers as well as smokers, said Peggy Patterson of the Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department, a member of the coalition.
''If you do smoke, go outside to do it,'' she said.
So-called ''second-hand smoke'' can cause non-smokers such problems as wheezing, coughing, ear infections, asthmas attacks and pneumonia.
Ms. Patterson said not smoking in the house might also prompt smokers to break the smoking habit altogether.
''If you have to go outside to smoke, it might be the first step in getting you to stop smoking,'' she said.