Children of smokers are more likely to have breathing problems and other illnesses. It will affect them now and when they are adults (read more *here*). Children of smokers are three times more likely to smoke when they get older.
The only way to get rid of the passive smoking risks is to go ‘Smokefree’ yourself.
The only way to get rid of the passive smoking risks is to go ‘Smokefree’. Reducing the risks is not easy;
• If you do smoke you need to take as many steps away from your house as you can before lighting up
• You should ideally change your clothes each time to reduce harm from passive smoking
• Smoking by a window, door or fan will not stop the chemicals getting in the house
• It takes 5 hours for dangerous chemicals levels to go back to normal after a cigarette has been smoked in a room
• It is illegal to smoke in a car with children in because the passive smoking risk is high.
When children start school they begin to learn about the risks of smoking. You may find they notice you smoking and start to worry about your health. They will be very proud of you when you quit.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! You might feel worried that you will struggle to stop. Maybe you feel guilty and judged for smoking? Nicotine is very addictive – health professionals know it can be tough to stop. That is why there are free NHS services to support you.
Get in touch with Smokefree Norfolk - a great first step to improving the whole family’s health now and in the future. You are four times more likely to stop successfully if you get help from a professional service.
Who Can Help?
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.
Alternatively you can go to see your GP to discuss concerns.
*Click Here* to speak to other Norfolk parents and carers, you can join our online community forum.