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Smoking can make your children fatter

Smoking isn't just bad for YOU - it can also make your children fatter. That's the conclusion from the latest Children of the 90s study.

The group based at Bristol University is following the health and development of more than 10,000 youngsters.

They've found that starting smoking at a young age can lead to problems for the next generation. Caron Bell reports.

Busiest time of the year for smoking quitters

This is one of the busiest times of year for us as people return from summer holidays and want to make a fresh attempt at giving up smoking before Christmas. By doing this they can avoid another year as a smoker, and have some extra cash. Stoptober is a great way to set a date to stop alongside friends and family and with the additional encouragement of other smokers doing the same.”

– Lynn Stanley, Stop Smoking Services Manager


Bristol councillor encourages people to quit

Tackling smoking is one of our biggest priorities to help people in Bristol lead more healthy lives. Campaigns such as Stoptober, along with the support provided by local stop smoking services, play a huge role in helping people to stop. We want every smoker to consider making a quit attempt this October and join the hundreds of people who are feeling the benefits from stopping smoking in Bristol last year.”

– Barbara Janke, Bristol City Councillor

Red ball pushed through Bristol in stop smoking campaign

Red ball pushed through Bristol in stop smoking campaign Credit: Stoptober

A giant red ball is being pushed through Bristol today as part of a stop smoking campaign. Research shows that smoking is the biggest killer in the UK with half of long-term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking disease.

An ex-smoker will be running 28 miles around the city as part of the campaign Stoptober.


Smoking ban cuts asthma admissions

Researchers found a drop in asthma following the smoking ban Credit: ITV News West Country

A new study has revealed that almost 2,000 fewer patients are being admitted to hospital for emergency treatment for asthma since smokefree legislation was introduced in 2007.

Researchers based at Bath University found there was an immediate 4.9 per cent reduction in emergency hospital admissions for asthma in adults. It implies almost 1,900 admissions were prevented during the first year after legislation was introduced and a similar number in the subsequent two years.

Anti-smoking campaign targets roll-ups

More people in the south west choose roll-ups over conventional cigarettes than elsewhere in the UK Credit: ITV West

People who smoke roll-ups are being targeted as part of a New Year campaign by Smokefree South West.

The campaign aims to dispel the myth that they are less harmful than manufactured cigarettes. More than 4,000 toxic chemicals are inhaled when smoking a roll up.

Smoking and health report affects Bristol's tobacco industry

It's been 50 years since the Royal College of Physicians first published a report officially linking smoking to health problems. The decades that followed have seen public opinion on the habit change beyond recognition.

But the industry has left a significant legacy in Bristol where the tobacco trade was once at the heart of the local economy.