A NATIONAL campaign has been launched by the government on the dangers of breathing in second-hand smoke.
Quit4Life, the NHS’s stop smoking service, is supporting the campaign.
The organisation wants to stop people smoking in their home and car as it says millions of children are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke, which puts them at increased risk of lung disease, meningitis and cot death.
Southern Health’s Quit4Life clinical service manager Julia Robson said: ‘It’s really important that we get as much awareness out there of the facts as possible. Smoking in our homes and cars is seriously damaging the health of our children and we need to take action to prevent this.
‘The only way to completely protect people from second-hand smoke is to make homes and cars entirely smoke-free.
‘With the help of Quit4Life you can stop smoking, and not only improve your personal health, but the health of those around you.’
Dr Harpal Kumar, CEO of Cancer Research UK, added: ‘We hope this campaign helps bring attention to this and encourages parents and all adults to protect their families and make their homes and cars smoke-free.’
People who want to give up smoking altogether are being urged to use Quit4Life’s QuitLine service, or attend group or one-to-one sessions to be supported every step of the way. Visit quit4life.nhs.uk for more information.