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Call for smokefree homes and cars
Friday 7th June, 2013

A new smokefree homes and cars campaign has launched across the borough and is set to raise awareness of the dangers secondhand smoke can bring to children.

Backed by Wigan Council, the campaign will support national TV and radio adverts which show how smoking by a window or door is not enough to protect children from secondhand smoke.

One of the main aims of the smokefree homes and cars campaign will be to highlight how over 80% of secondhand smoke is invisible and odourless, yet contains harmful cancer causing toxins and poisons that are unknowingly damaging children.

Last year in Wigan Borough alone over 800 incidents of illnesses in children were attributed to secondhand smoke, all of which were preventable.

Councillor Keith Cunliffe, cabinet member for health and adult services at Wigan Council, said:

“Secondhand smoke causes a range of serious health problems for children as well as adults. We want to reduce the number of children who are admitted to hospital every year in Wigan Borough through the effects of secondhand smoke.

“Children’s lungs are smaller and less developed so they are more vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke. It is vital that we do everything we can to improve awareness and reduce the risks. Opening a window won’t protect your health, but smoke free cars and homes will.”

Dr Kate Arden, Director of Public Health at Wigan Council, said:

“There are over 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, 60 of which cause cancer. Opening windows or standing by doors doesn’t stop children breathing in the toxic poisons from smoke, and through the Take Seven Steps Out campaign, we are hoping to remind people that any smoking around children is harmful to them, and they must take action to prevent it - even if they are not ready to quit themselves.

“The Ashton, Leigh and Wigan stop smoking service supports local people who would like to give up smoking and also provides practical advice to help them realise the effect smoking can have on their family as well as themselves.”

For further information about the smokefree homes and cars campaign, please contact Ashton, Leigh and Wigan stop smoking service on freephone number 0500 7867 669.

For support to quit smoking, please contact Ashton, Leigh and Wigan stop smoking service direct on 01942 482539 and visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree to order your free smokefree kit.

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