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The Smoke Free Air Act, which celebrated its eleventh anniversary in 2019, prohibits smoking in childcare homes and centers. However, it does not extend to smokeless tobacco. That means people may use products like chewing tobacco or e-cigarettes legally unless a business implements a tobacco and nicotine free policy.
Childcare facilities and preschools provide safe places for children to learn and grow. They should not potentially exposure children to thirdhand smoke. Thirdhand smoke consists of the residue and harmful toxins that cling to surfaces (including the clothing and hair of individuals who use tobacco or nicotine throughout the day). Exposure to thirdhand smoke can 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 Brianda Salamanca, Prevention Specialist at New Horizons in Muscatine, a division of UnityPoint Trinity Muscatine. “Besides protecting children from thirdhand smoke, these policies have been shown to reduce direct healthcare costs to the business, reduce absenteeism, and increase productivity.”
Blue Bird Daycare, Live Laugh Love Child Care Center, and Mikelle Cooke’s Daycare stand out as the most recent businesses to adopt tobacco and nicotine free policies in Muscatine. New Horizons congratulates them.
New Horizons can also assist in implementing a tobacco and nicotine free policy at other area businesses. Additionally, businesses may request free resources and signage from them. To learn more, call Salamanca or Jaimie Cruse at (563)-264-9409 for additional information.

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