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The government has released a series of new advertisements aimed at parents which show the dangers of passive smoking on children.
The Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies says the dangers of smoking around children are great.
A survey of 1,000 children aged eight to 13 whose parents are smokers was released to support the campaign. It found:
- 98% wished their parents would stop smoking
- 82% wished their parents would not smoke in front of them at home
- 78% wished they would not smoke in the car
- 41% said cigarette smoke made them feel ill while
- 42% said it made them cough.
According to figures from the Royal College of Physicians, millions of children in the UK are exposed to second-hand smoke that puts them at increased risk of lung disease, meningitis and cot death.
Second-hand smoking results in over 300,000 GP visits among children ever year, 9,500 hospital visits and costs the NHS more than £23.6 million annually.