People who smoke in Lancashire over the festive period are being asked to give children the gift of healthy lungs by giving up smoking.
The Quit Squad, Lancashire’s stop smoking service, is also encouraging households this Christmas to make a Smoke Free Pledge. Second 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. If you smoke and would like to give up, contact the Quit Squad for support – with us it is much easier than just you.
Gareth Beck from the Quit Squad said,
“We would like to convey a Merry Christmas to the people of Lancashire, and as families and friends get together over the festive period we would like to let people know that children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of second hand smoke. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s harmless. With over 80 percent of second hand smoke 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.
“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 or in the car 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. Aside from that, it is also against the law to smoke in a car with someone who is under 18 and also against the law for a driver not to stop someone smoking in these circumstances.”
The Quit Squad, a service delivered by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and funded by Lancashire County Council, can support smokers to give up and also encourages smokers 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. You are four times more likely to stop with the help of a service like ours, than without.
For support and advice over the festive period, 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, sessions near you and local opening times, visit the Quit Squad website www.quitsquad.nhs.uk, or follow the Quit Squad on Twitter @LancashireCare #QuitSquad. For details about Smoke Free Homes visit www.lancashiresmokefreehomes.co.uk.