Find out how to protect

your kids from the

hidden dangers of

second-hand smoke.

Take a journey through my house

When you smoke indoors

your second-hand smoke lingers in the air.

You can't see or smell it, but it's there.

Every time you smoke, you breathe out second-hand smoke. The particles are so small 85% of them are invisible and odourless.

Children exposed to second-hand smoke are more at risk of coughs, colds, ear problems, and chest infections.

No amount of second-hand smoke is safe. Smoking at the back door or under the fan will not reduce the harm.

Rather than smoke in the kitchen, could you wait until another time to smoke? When you take the rubbish out?

The harmful chemicals move

easily from room to room.

Second-hand smoke contains more than 4,000 toxic chemicals. The particles are smaller than dust and drift easily as you move through the house and open doors.

Children inhale twice as much household dust as adults because they breathe faster. They will breathe more of the toxic chemicals in your second-hand smoke.

Smoking near or leaning out of an open window doesn’t protect your family. Second-hand smoke drifts all through your house. Wherever your child is, they’ll breathe in the harmful chemicals.

If you can't get outside, could you go longer between cigarettes? Or distract yourself?

Hanging around for up to 5 hours

after your last cigarette.

Smoking in a different room with the door shut isn't enough to protect your kids from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.

Second-hand smoke can trigger an asthma attack. In children who have asthma already, it can make attacks more severe, and more frequent.

Candles, air fresheners and purifiers might hide the smell of smoke, but they can't get rid of the harmful toxins.

Ask someone to watch the kids for 5 minutes while you pop out for a cigarette. You could return the favour.

Kids breathe faster

than adults...

Children are especially vulnerable to the toxins in second-hand smoke because their airways are smaller and they breathe faster.

Children of all ages are at risk because their lungs and immune systems aren't fully developed until they are teenagers.

Could you put your shoes and umbrella by the door? And find somewhere comfortable to smoke outside?

And because your child breathes

faster than you, they'll breathe

more of those harmful chemicals.

No matter what you do, if you smoke indoors, the harmful chemicals from your second-hand smoke will hang around for hours doing real harm to your kids and increasing their risk of illness.

Don't let anyone smoke indoors, ask them to go outside, and tell them you're keeping your home smokefree for your kids.

You can choose

whether your child breathes

second-hand smoke

or clean air.