How can you keep your home smoke-free?

Find out how to protect your kids from harmful second-hand smoke.

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Take a journey through the home below to discover the facts about second-hand smoke and the harm it can do. You can also find out how you can keep your home smoke-free for the sake of your kids.

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.

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

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

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

The harmful chemicals creep from room to room, waiting for your child to breathe them in.

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.

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.

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.

If you can't get outside, could you go longer between cigarettes? Or why not try nicotine spray, gum, patches or lozenges to get you through?

Second-hand smoke lingers for up to 5 hours after your last cigarette.

Even if you smoke when they're at school or out playing, second-hand smoke will still be around, waiting for your kids to breathe it in when they get home.

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

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

Ask someone you trust 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?

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 smoke-free for your kids.

You can choose whether your child breathes second-hand smoke or clean air.

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