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Ensuring a smoke-free home

It is important to ensure that parents and carers understand that the only way to protect children from second-hand (passive) smoke is to have a smoke-free home and car. Smoking in a different room, by the back door or with a window open does not eliminate the risk of second hand smoke. The chemicals found in second-hand smoke also linger long after the smoke has disappeared, increasing the risk of exposure.

In addition to smoking cessation support available locally and nationally, there are numerous resources available to practitioners that outline the health risks of second-hand smoke to babies and children and explain how parents and carers can reduce risk in the home.