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What is secondhand smoke?
More than 80% of secondhand smoke is invisible and odourless, so no matter how careful you think you're being, your family still breathes in the harmful poisons. This puts them at risk of meningitis, cancer, bronchitis and pneumonia.
Secondhand smoke is dangerous for anyone exposed to it, but children are especially vulnerable as they have less well-developed airways, lungs and immune systems. Up to 5 million children across the UK are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke in the home. Breathing second-hand smoke increases a child’s or an adult’s risk of lung cancer by 24% and heart disease by 25%.
It’s not just about the physical effects smoking has on your family.
Nearly three quarters of children worry that their mum or dad will die because they smoke. Not only that, but if you smoke, your children are three times more likely to smoke when they grow up. By quitting your children will be less likely to take up smoking.
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How can I prevent secondhand smoke?
From 1st October 2015 it will be illegal to smoke in vehicles with someone under 18 present; both the driver and passenger could be fined £50.
Make the Smokefreelife Pledge below to make your home and car smoke free and protect your family from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
With Smokefreelife County Durham’s help and support you can prevent secondhand smoke by quitting smoking for good. Book an appointment with them below.
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