Do you know the dangers of second‐hand smoke?

Posted on by Nigel

Leading Welsh charity ASH WALES, is urging tenants and community members not to smoke inside their homes.  The home is the #1 place where children and pets are more likely to be exposed to second-hand smoke and this is a serious health threat for your families.

ASH Wales is spreading the word about the dangers of second‐hand smoke as part of its Smokefree Homes campaign. According to ASH Wales, 80% of cigarette smoke is invisible and it lingers in the home for up to five hours after a cigarette has been stubbed out. Children who are exposed to second‐hand smoke are particularly badly affected ‐ it more than doubles their chance of developing invasive meningococcal disease and increases their risk of flu, bronchitis and pneumonia by around 50%.

Meanwhile second‐hand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer in non‐smokers by 20 to 30% and heart disease by up to 35%. It even harms pets as they lick the smoke particles on their fur and can go on to develop breathing problems and cancer.

Opening windows and doors or using air purifiers is not the answer. Smoking outside the house with the door and windows shut is the only way to make your home smoke free. Or how about giving up the habit altogether?

The benefits of quitting are enormous, for both your health and finances, with a 20‐ a day habit costing around £56 a week. If you decide to give up contact Help Me Quit, run by NHS Wales, on 0800 085 2219 or visit www.helpmequit.wales. You can also visit ASH Wales’ Facebook page Choose Smokefree or its website https://ash.wales/campaign/smokefree-homes/

 

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