Living Smoke-Free

Protect your health and the health of your family and friends by:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Making your home smoke-free
  • Making your vehicle smoke-free

What is Second-Hand Smoke?

Second-hand smoke is the smoke that comes from the burning end of a lit cigarette and the smoke that is blown into the air by the smoker. Second-hand smoke contains over 7000 chemicals – 70 of these are known to cause cancer. Chemicals found in second-hand smoke include: carbon monoxide, lead, ammonia, formaldehyde, benzene and arsenic just to name a few.

The effects on children

Second-hand smoke is more harmful to children because their lungs are smaller and they breathe faster. Children who breathe in second-hand smoke are more likely to have:

  • more colds, ear and throat infections
  • a greater risk of respiratory infections like bronchitis and pneumonia
  • a greater chance of getting asthma
  • children with asthma will have more asthma attacks and increased severity of the attacks
  • in babies, a greater chance of dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • behaviour issues with lower attention and comprehension.

How can I protect my family and friends from second-hand smoke?

  • Make your home and vehicle 100% smoke-free.
  • If you smoke, the best thing you can do is quit. If you are not ready to quit yet, limit your smoking to outside your home or vehicle, away from children.

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