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Smokefree Homes and Cars

Smokefree homes and cars is about making homes and cars smokefree to protect children and young people from second-hand smoke.

No level of exposure to smoke is safe, more than 80% of smoke is invisible. Children and young people’s bodies are still developing and have less-developed airways, lungs and immune systems.

1 in 5 children in the UK live in a household where at least one person smokes (info-graphic).

Exposure to second-hand smoke can lead to:
  • Asthma
  • Chest infections (pneumonia and bronchitis)
  • Meningitis
  • Ear infections
  • Coughs and colds

A child living in a household with smoker is 3-4 times more likely to become a smoker than a child living in a non-smoking household (info-graphic)

Second-hand smoke can reach hazardous levels even with the windows open. There is a fixed penalty of £50 to any person who smokes in a private vehicle or to the driver who fails to prevent someone smoking with someone under the age of 18 present.

Get in touch with Be Well Tameside for more information on Smokefree homes and cars.
Telephone:      0161 716 2000
Be Well Tameside
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