Secondhand smoking

80 per cent of secondhand smoke is invisible Photo: Department of Health

The Government's Secondhand Smoking campaign is launched today, with adverts highlighting that 80 per cent of secondhand smoke is invisible and contains over 4,000 chemicals and toxins, all of which cause particular harm to children.

The campaign is also highlighting new statistics that show children want smoke free lives. Research by the Department of Health shows that in the Calendar region:

– 97 per cent of children wish their parents would stop smoking;

– 74 per cent of children wish their parents wouldn’t smoke in front of them at home;

– 78 per cent of the children wished their parents wouldn’t smoke in front of them in the car;

– 34 per cent of children said cigarette smoke made them feel ill; and

– 34 per cent of children said cigarette smoke made them cough.

Millions of children in the UK are exposed to secondhand smoke that puts them at increased risk of lung disease, meningitis and cot death.

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