Sign up to the Smoke Free Home Campaign!
Make your home smoke free and protect your children from the health risks associated with inhaling tobacco smoke. Second hand smoke exposes everyone who breathes it to health risks such as cancer, heart disease and respiratory conditions. Second hand smoke is particularly harmful for children.
People often think that opening windows and doors, not smoking in front of children or smoking under the extractor fan will remove the dangers of inhaling second hand smoke. This is not the case; harmful chemicals are left behind, remaining in the air and sticking to clothes, furniture and toys. These chemicals are harmful to your children.
Having a smoke free home and car is the best thing you can do to protect your family’s health. The minute you ban tobacco smoke in your home, the benefits begin immediately.
‘Smoke Free Home’ Pledge
Take the ‘Smoke Free Home’ pledge and protect your children. Sign the pledge and we will give you ‘Smoke Free Home’ goodies, including your Smoke Free Home Certificate. You can pledge online just click the pledge link and when we receive your details we will get in touch with your goody bag.
What is a Smoke Free Home?
A Smoke Free Home is a home and car where nobody smokes inside, including visitors and relatives. If relatives such as grandparents look after your children, encourage them to sign the smoke free pledge and make their home smoke free, too.
Until you can quit altogether, choose to smoke outside!
Smoking In the Home – What are the risks?
- Tobacco smoke contains over 4000 toxic chemicals, 50 of these cause cancer.
- 90% of these chemicals stick to walls, clothes, furniture, toys, hair and skin for up to two weeks.
- Children and babies exposed to tobacco smoke in the home and car inhale the equivalent of 60-150 cigarettes a year.
- Tobacco smoke is linked to cot death, asthma, glue ear infection, meningitis and low birth weight.
- Children exposed to tobacco smoke on a daily basis are at increased risk of developing lung, mouth and throat cancer.
- Children and infants are more vulnerable because their immune system is not fully developed, they have smaller air ways and faster breathing rates so inhale more tobacco particles.
- Children have greater hand to mouth contact and therefore ingest more toxic chemicals from tobacco smoke.
- Children are three times more likely to smoke if their parents smoke.
- Second hand smoke is linked to behavioural and cognitive problems in children.
- Pregnant women exposed to second hand smoke pass on harmful chemicals to their unborn child.
Smoking in Cars
Make your car smoke free as well. The confined space in the car increases the level of exposure and the harm caused. Opening the windows does not remove the smoke as it simply blows back into the car and the chemicals can linger for up to two weeks.
Top Tips to Prepare Your Home for the Smoke Free Revolution!
- Remove ashtrays from the house.
- Let relatives and friends know your home is smoke free.
- Have a clean out and get rid of the tobacco smell in the home.
- Set up a smoking area outside.
- Place your ‘Smoke Free Home’ stickers around the house.
If YOU would like to become SMOKE FREE help is available in your local community. Smoking cessation services in our two Healthy Living Centres provide:
One-to-one support and advice to help you to quit smoking. Support and advice is given by pharmacists who will help you to address barriers to stopping smoking, tailor support to your individual lifestyle needs and will help you to increase your motivation to quit.
Free nicotine replacement therapy, i.e. patches, gum and inhalators.
Referral on to other local services such as health & fitness and healthy eating.
Old Library Trust Healthy Living Centre – Tel: 71 373870
Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum – Tel: 71365330
Alternatively, visit your local pharmacy for information on smoking cessation.