Tips on protecting your children from second-hand smoke:
Nothing is more important than our children and given that around 80% of current smokers would not smoke if they had their life over again, it’s disheartening for many, that children who have a parent who smokes are seven times more likely to become smokers.
Aside from that, second-hand smoke is especially dangerous to our children as they are especially vulnerable to second-hand smoke because of their lower body weight and smaller lungs. Second-hand smoke refers to when you're exposed to the harmful effects of tobacco because a person is smoking in an area near you.
Children must be protected from second-hand smoke because of the increased health risks that can come from second-hand smoke.
The negative effects of parental smoking (both before and after birth) on children's respiratory health have been confirmed. Asthma has been strongly linked with a mother’s smoking during pregnancy, however exposure to second-hand smoke after birth is also linked with many other respiratory problems.
Keep your children safe so they can live long and healthy lives - stay smoke free.
- Smoking around children increases their risk of serious infections that affect breathing, such as croup, bronchitis and pneumonia.
- They’re also more likely to catch coughs, colds or wheezes.
- Smoking dramatically increases the risk of cot death (sudden unexpected death in infancy) for infants.
- Smoking increases the risk of your children contracting glue ear and other middle ear infections.
- Smoking increases the risk of your children getting meningococcal disease.
There are no safe amounts of exposure to second-hand smoke – people who are exposed can suffer many of the same diseases that regular smokers get, like lung cancer, coronary heart disease, nasal sinus cancer and acute stroke.