Fenland residents are being encouraged to protect their children and pets from secondhand smoke by making their homes and cars smoke free.
The Smokefree Homes and Cars campaign launches on tomorrow (Wednesday, August 26) and encourages everyone to sign the pledge to make their home and car smoke free. No matter how careful smokers are, smoking inside exposes everyone to harmful secondhand smoke.
Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke which increases risk of cot death, glue ear, asthma and other respiratory diseases. Exposure to secondhand smoke results in around 9,500 children being admitted to hospital each year.
From October 1 it will be illegal to smoke in a car containing passengers who are under the age of 18.
Opening windows or doors does not remove the harmful effects no matter how careful you are as 80 per cent of smoke is invisible. Smokers, non-smokers and ex-smokers can protect their families by signing the smoke free homes and cars pledge at www.camquit.nhs.uk
Claire Mead, Coordinator of the CAMQUIT Stop Smoking Service, said: “Around 2 million children in the UK are estimated to be regularly exposed to secondhand smoke in the home. I would encourage people to sign the pledge. The only effective way to protect children from secondhand smoke exposure is to make homes and cars smoke free.”
Wisbech has one of the highest rates of smokers in Cambridgeshire.
To sign the pledge or for more information visit www.camquit.nhs.uk or contact CAMQUIT on 0800 018 4304.