Being at home during lockdown has led to an increase in the number of people who’ve been exposed to secondhand smoke. Regularly breathing in secondhand smoke can cause the same health problems as smoking. It’s one of the leading causes of poor respiratory health in children and it significantly increases the risk of stroke, heart disease and lung cancer in adults.
A new campaign, featuring an animation, has been created to raise awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke and demonstrate how there is no safe way to smoke at home.
As the weather gets colder, the nights get darker and more people spend time indoors, we’re encouraging families to make their homes a smokefree space and for smokers to access the range of support that’s available to help them quit smoking, switch to e-cigarettes or keep their smoking outside.
- Make your home a smokefree space to protect your loved ones from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
- If you’re ready to quit, there is support available from your local stop smoking service to help you succeed.
- Switch to alternative forms of nicotine such as patches, gum or lozenges, or e-cigarettes to keep cravings at bay.
- If you’re not ready to quit, you can still protect your loved ones by smoking outside.
- 2 million children in the UK are routinely exposed to secondhand smoke.
- Households that include children are 50% more likely to report being exposed to SHS since lockdown compared to those without children.
- 12% of smokers who live with children report they are smoking indoors more than they did before lockdown.
- 13% of people in a recent ASH survey reported some level of SHS exposure in their own home from someone who lives there.
- Every time someone breathes in SHS, they inhale over 4,000 chemicals, many of which are highly toxic and over 60 are known to cause cancer.
- 80% of secondhand smoke is invisible and odourless. It can linger in the air for up to 3 hours and on surfaces even longer.
The campaign will be promoted on social media from 15th September until 21st October 2021.