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 4000 chemicals – 50 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.