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Protecting children from secondhand smoke

Posted on the 8th May 2019

On National Children’s Day UK (12 May 2019), the Quit Squad is asking smokers to understand the huge impact that secondhand smoke can have on children’s health and encourage households to make a Smoke Free Pledge.

Secondhand smoke increases a child’s risk of developing asthma, chest infections, glue ear and also sudden unexpected infant death. If you want to protect children in your household then the Quit Squad can support smokers to give up smoking. You can also protect your families by making a Smoke Free Pledge to ensure cars and homes are smoke free. The home is now the main source of exposure to secondhand smoke for children.

Tracey Sutton from the Quit Squad said:

“It’s no secret that smoking is harmful, but many smokers don’t realise the damage that smoking does to those around them. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Many people simply don’t know of the dangers of secondhand smoke which contains thousands of chemicals, many of which are toxic. Those most at risk are children as their lungs are still developing. There’s often a misconception that opening a window or door stops smoke from harming others but this is not the case.

“The best way to protect children is to give up smoking and make the Smoke Free Pledge. By taking a pledge, you are committing to keeping you, your friends and family free from the harmful effects of second hand smoke. The Quit Squad is at hand to help with this and provide advice and support to people who want to take action to protect their children by stopping smoking for good. We’re reminding people that smoking at home or in the car is harmful to children and they can take action to prevent this even if they are not ready to quit. It is also against the law to smoke in the car with a child under the age of 18. Simple steps such as moving well away from homes and buildings to smoke protect children from secondhand smoke.”

In addition to drop-in clinics (for which no appointments are required) and one-to-one sessions, the Quit Squad also offers group sessions in the community and operates in Central, North, East and West Lancashire. For further details, telephone 0800 3286297, visit, or follow the Quit Squad on Twitter @LancashireCare #QuitSquad. You can also find more information about Smoke Free Pledges by contacting the Quit Squad on the above telephone number.