People who smoke this Christmas are being called on to recognise that young children are at particular risk of serious illnesses due to second hand smoke.
hand smoke is dangerous for anyone exposed to it, but children are especially vulnerable as they have less well-developed airways, lungs and immune systems. As a result, the Quit Squad, which is delivered by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and funded by Lancashire County Council, is encouraging households this Christmas to make a Smoke Free Pledge.
Helen Hatcher from the Quit Squad said,
“The Quit Squad would like to convey a Merry Christmas to everyone in Lancashire. As families and friends get together over Christmas, it’s important for everyone who smokes to realise that children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of second hand smoke. Over 80 percent of second hand smoke is invisible and odourless; every time a child breathes in second hand smoke, they breathe in thousands of chemicals which put them at risk of serious health conditions, including glue ear, asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory disorders.
“Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s harmless. Second hand smoke also puts adults at risk of the same diseases as smokers, including cancer and heart disease. Opening a window or restricting smoking to a specific room offers minimal protection against exposure to second hand smoke. The best way to protect family and friends is to give up smoking and make a Smoke Free Pledge. The Quit Squad also provides support to shisha smokers who are at risk of developing the same health problems as cigarette smokers including cancer and other respiratory diseases.”
The Quit Squad can support smokers to give up and also encourages everyone to protect their families by making a Smoke Free Pledge to ensure their cars and homes are smoke free. The home is now the main source of exposure to second hand smoke for children.
For support and advice over the festive period please contact 0800 328 6297 and an advisor will be available to take your call (from 28-30 December 9.00am-5.00pm). For more details visit www.quitsquad.nhs.uk, or follow the Quit Squad on Twitter @LancashireCare #QuitSquad. For further information on Smoke Free Pledges telephone 01706 871740 or visit www.lancashiresmokefreehomes.co.uk.