Smoke free areas
There is no safe level of secondhand smoke, tobacco smoke contains over 4000 chemicals all of which can cause numerous health problems. Being exposed to secondhand smoke on a regular basis can increase a non-smokers risk of getting lung cancer by 24% and the risk of heart disease goes up by 25%.
This may be shocking - but what is worse is that secondhand smoke affects children more than it does adults. This is because they have smaller airways and breathe faster than adults. Their bodies are also still developing. Register today for our New Dads, Dads to be service
Health issues associated with childhood exposure to secondhand smoke are:
- Cot death
- Middle ear infections
- Behaviour and learning difficulties
Why have a smokefree home and car?
There are many benefits to having a smoke free home and car including:
- Protection for the health and family – including pets
- Reduce the risk of fire
- Smokers may smoke less
- There will be fewer cases of illness
- The house and car will be fresh and clean – free from secondhand smoke
Smokefree public places
Since 1st July 2007 virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces have been smokefree. This protects everyone from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, not just at work but in bars, clubs, pubs and restaurants.
Smokefree Hospital Grounds
Smoking is not allowed in the grounds of St. Mary's Hospital. If patients visitors or staff wish to smoke they must to so outside the hospital boundary. Smoking shelters are not provided
It’s a good idea to start an exercise program like going to the gym, fitness classes or swimming as this will keep you busy. It will also help if you experience putting on weight as a result of giving up smoking. Talk to your doctor who will be glad to help. Exercise will give you more energy and help you relax and relieve stress.