Secondhand smoke (SHS) in the home is harmful to children
- Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, many of which are known to be carcinogenic
- Even when the smoke is gone, toxins linger on clothes and furnishings
- SHS is proven to cause lung cancer, heart disease and stroke in adults
- There is a strong link to respiratory disease, cot death, asthma attacks and middle ear infections in children
- Thousands of children under 5yrs are admitted to hospital every year, due to passive smoking
- Children of smoking parents are more likely to take up smoking themselves
If you wish to find out more about secondhand smoke visit the NCSCT website where you can access a short 30 minute training module on this topic.