Licensed childcare facilities in Coeur d’Alene must ensure that all tobacco products are kept in locked containers away from children under regulations recently adopted by the City Council.
The Panhandle Health District and the Coeur d’Alene Childcare Commission recommended the new rules, following the rising use of electronic cigarettes.
“E-cigarettes are still relatively new, but as more data becomes available, we are learning more about potentially serious health concerns when children are exposed to the vapors or liquid inside an e-cigarette,” said Samantha Tuskan, the health district’s childcare resource coordinator.
Smoking around children is already prohibited at licensed facilities, and the new rules expands the prohibition to the use of e-cigarettes.
The new rules also address safe infant sleep practices to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome at childcare facilities. And they require the facilities to keep ambient temperatures between 65 and 78 degrees.
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