Maryland's Tobacco Resource Center - Linking Professionals to Best Practices

Overview of U.S. Smoke-free Foster Care Regulations

March
2013

According to the Public Health Law Center, an increasing number of states throughout the country implemented smoke free regulations within foster homes as of December 2012.  The Center reports that these protocols will minimize the harmful health effects of secondhand smoking for children in foster care.  The state of Maryland adopted a policy prohibiting smoking inside the home, outside within the range of the home, and within the vehicle.  More specifically, the Maryland foster care smoke free policy states that foster parents are required to “provide an environment for foster children free from exposure to secondhand smoke.”  To learn more about the smoke-free foster care policy options, visit the Public Health Law Center’s 2013 policy brief, Smoke-free Foster Care: Policy Options and the Duty to Protect (2d ed., 2013), available at http://www.publichealthlawcenter.org/sites/default/files/resources/phlc-policybrief-smokefreefostercare-2013_0.pdf