Campaign launched to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke in Sheffield after increase during lockdown


Residents of Sheffield are urged to make their homes smoke-free after increased exposure to secondhand smoke during the lockdown, especially in households with children.

Smokefree Sheffield’s new campaign aims to highlight the health risks of passive smoking. Breathing second-hand smoke regularly can cause the same health problems as smoking.

Second-hand smoke is a leading cause of poor respiratory health in children, and exposure significantly increases the risk of stroke, heart disease, and lung cancer in adults.

The lockdown has left even more children at risk, with people typically spending more time inside their homes than ever before.

Smokefree Sheffield encourages people to contact their local quit smoking service for assistance.

Smokers are encouraged to contact their local smoking cessation service for help quitting, or if they are not quite ready to make sure they smoke just outside. their house.

Greg Fell, director of public health in Sheffield, said the increase in exposure to secondhand smoke is cause for concern.

“We know that most smokers want to quit, so it’s critical that they get the support they need. With Stoptober just around the corner, I want to urge smokers in Sheffield who wish to quit smoking to contact their local quit smoking service. ”

“For those who are not quite ready yet, there are still positive steps they can take, such as using other sources of nicotine, such as patches, gum, or e-cigarettes when the urge is on. to smoke occur, or make sure they smoke just outside. “Alison Teal, executive member for Sustainable Neighborhoods, Wellness, Parks and Recreation, said steps like opening windows, smoking out the back door, or smoking in another room do not prevent second-hand smoke from entering. spread around the house.

“80% of second-hand smoke is invisible, odorless, and microscopic particles are impossible to control. The only reliable way to protect others is to never smoke inside the house.

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