The government has launched a campaign to increase awareness of the hidden dangers of smoking in homes and cars.
According to research published by the Royal College of Physicians over 800 children visit their doctor every day due to the serious effects of secondhand smoke exposure
Treatment, hospital and GP visits for secondhand smoke related illnesses cost the NHS more than £23.6 million each year.
Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are put at increased risk of lung disease, meningitis and cot death.
• 68% of parents who smoke admit to doing so in the car with their children present
• 75% of smoking parents were shocked to hear that secondhand smoke affects the health of so many children
Chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies said: “It’s well known that smoking kills, but many smokers still don’t realise the damage their smoke causes to those around them. Our message is clear: giving up smoking is by far the best way to protect your family and we can help you quit to give you and your loved ones a healthier future.”
In Warwickshire there is a free Stop Smoking Service for people wishing to quit. For help and advice on stopping smoking call 0800 0852917, text LIFE to 80800 or visit smokefreewarwickshire.org