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Guide: Childrens Centres and Early Year settings are smokefree

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.