Not Just Your Typical Doctor’s Note

A New Tool for Parents and Pediatricians to Eliminate Secondhand Smoke Exposure at Home.

aapThe NYC Coalition was proud to join the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for their New York Chapter 3 meeting in December at Mount Sinai Hospital.  We participated in a robust discussion around tobacco control and how pediatricians can help to combat smoking, which is not only the number one cause of preventable death, but also a major contributor to childhood asthma.

Working with the Manhattan Tobacco Cessation Program (MTCP), the AAP has developed a new tool to help eliminate secondhand smoke exposure at home — a compelling doctor’s note that parents can take to neighbors and building managers.

The Coalition believes that all New Yorkers have the right to breathe smoke-free air where they live, work, and play.  We’re grateful that organizations such as the AAP and MTCP are raising awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure and helping to protect our kids.  AAP has developed a smoke-free housing toolkit with the American Lung Association and the Department of Housing and Urban Development and also supports Smoking Disclosure Policies.