Second-hand smoke can have a serious impact on health. Every time someone smokes around you, you and your baby are exposed to the harm and danger of second-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke is a mixture of smoke breathed out by the smoker and smoke released from the lit cigarette.
It has been estimated that, each year in NZ, second hand smoke causes:
Having a smokefree home and car is one easy way of protecting your children from second-hand smoke.
If you would like to smoke less or quite, call Quitline 0800 778 778 or talk to your midwife, or other health professional.
Smokefree signs/stickers for your home and car are available from your Public Health Unit.
The research has shown that second-hand smoke in a car is more than 20 times more toxic than in a house. Opening or winding down a window will not remove the poisons.
A wind strength of a tornado would be needed to clear all the smoke from your car.