Almost 3,000 Warwickshire children visited their doctor in
the last year suffering from the serious effects of
breathing in second-hand smoke.
The figures have been highlighted as the Government
launches a campaign to increase awareness of the hidden
dangers of smoking in homes and cars.
According to research by the Royal College of Physicians,
more than 80 per cent of second-hand smoke is invisible,
odourless and contains harmful cancer-causing toxins and
TV adverts will show that smoking out of a car window or
the back door is not enough to protect children from
Chair of Smokefree Warwickshire Partnership, Cllr Angela
Warner, said: “It’s well known that smoking kills, but many
smokers still don’t realise the damage their smoke causes
to those around them.
“In babies and young children, exposure to second-hand
smoke increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome
(SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear infections,
meningitis and asthma.
“Our message is clear: protect your children by only
smoking outside of the home and car. 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
A recent survey of nearly 700 parents conducted this month
· 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
Research on smoking with children in cars, undertaken by
the Warwickshire based Tobacco Control Collaborating
Centre, concluded that smoking in cars produces
concentrations of particulates that could be classified as
unhealthy, even when windows are open or the ventilation
system is on.
Dr John Linnane, Warwickshire County Council Director of
Public Health, said: “The evidence is clear. Smoking around
children is harmful, especially in homes and cars, so it’s
vital they are protected from the dangers of second-hand
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 www.smokefreewarwickshire.org