Make a Gold or Silver pledge to make your home and car completely Smokefree!
Why have a smokefree home and car?
With over 80% of cigarette smoke being invisible it is impossible to see where it goes. 15% of smoke is visible as it contains tar but 85% of smoke is invisible because of gases and toxins like carbon monoxide and methanol (more commonly known as rocket fuel) that cannot be seen.
Smoke lingers in the air several hours after being put out and clings to fabrics like clothes, curtains and furniture even despite good intentions of smoking by an open door or window.
Secondhand smoke is a mixture of two forms of smoke that comes from burning tobacco, mainstream and side stream smoke.
Mainstream smoke = smoker breathes out (15% of the secondhand smoke)
Side stream smoke = burning end of cigarettes (85% of the secondhand smoke)
What does secondhand smoke do to babies and young children?
Cigarette smoke contains over 4000 chemicals which include poisonous gases and 50 of these are known to cause cancer, when someone smokes secondhand smoke is produced which puts loved ones at risk. Babies and children are particularly vulnerable as their bodies are still growing and developing. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are more at risk of bronchitis, asthma attacks and ear infections. Babies exposed are more at risk of cot death.
What can you do to protect your children?
The only way to completely protect others from the harms of secondhand smoke is to make your home and car completely smokefree.
Benefits to you and your family of having a smokefree home and car. You immediately reduce the risk to your family of the following:
- Chest infections including coughing and wheezing
- Cot death
- Ear infections (glue ear)
- Increased risk of heart disease and lung cancer in adulthood
- Absence from nursery or school and time off work
Remember this is not about stopping smoking but about removing smoke from your home and car. If you smoke or know anyone who smokes, why not make a pledge of commitment and make your home and car totally smoke free.
What happens after I sign up?
You will receive a pack containing your pledge, Smokefree Home and Car stickers, leaflets and advice on keeping your home and car Smokefree. You will be supported through your commitment and a review date will be set, on completion you will gain a ‘Smokefree Home and Car’ certificate for your home.
Sign up today to protect your children and family from secondhand smoke.
If you would like more information call us on 0800 013 0553 and press 1 for Central Bedfordshire or 2 for Bedford Borough.