Warning over cost of passive smoking

Paige Howitt

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THE hidden dangers of smoking in homes and cars is the focus of a campaign.

West Sussex County Council is backing a national campaign to promote smokefree homes and cars.

The initiative starts this June and runs for six weeks.

Officials at the council say the cost of smoking to the county is £183m – from early deaths, healthcare, sick days and smoking-related fires.

Nationally, more than 800 children visit their doctor every day due to the serious effects of second-hand smoke exposure.

Councillor Christine Field, who is in charge of community wellbeing in West Sussex, said: ‘No matter how careful you think you are being when smoking, second-hand smoke is unknowingly breathed in by children, which can lead to health problems.

‘There’s support available for anyone who wants to find out more about giving up smoking, even if now isn’t the right time for you to do that.

‘Accessing support like the West Sussex Stop Smoking Service makes you four times more likely to be successful than trying to stop smoking by yourself.’

Smokers can visit nhs.uk/smokefree to order a free smokefree kit.