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Council supports smokefree homes and cars campaign

A recently launched nationwide smokefree homes and cars campaign is receiving local support from Herefordshire Council.

The Department of Health has launched its smokefree homes and cars campaign in a bid to raise awareness to the dangers of smoking in enclosed spaces, such as homes and cars and the damage secondhand cigarette smoke can cause.  

More than 80% of cigarette smoke is invisible and odourless and despite parents’ good intentions they are still exposing their children to harmful toxins and poisons through secondhand smoke.

Elizabeth Shassere, director of Herefordshire Council’s public health team, said: “Wherever people smoke, secondhand smoke is present in the air and although you probably don’t notice it, it is there and contains dangerous chemicals, which can cause a range of serious health problems for children and adults.

“We want to reduce children’s exposure to secondhand smoke, which can lead to a range of health problems from burning eyes and scratchy throats to increased hospital admissions for breathing complications such as asthma.  Not only does smoking in front of children directly impact their health, but we also know from research that children of smokers are highly likely to become smokers themselves.

“As children’s lungs are still developing, they are more vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke and the harmful cancer causing toxins and poisons it contains.  So it is vital that we do everything we can to raise awareness and reduce the risks.”
 
For residents wishing to quit smoking, there is excellent advice and support available across Herefordshire.  To access services in your area, please contact your local Halo leisure centre, GP or pharmacy. 

To find out more about the dangers of secondhand smoke, visit:http://smokefree.nhs.uk/advice-and-information/behind-the-campaign/.