‘Protect kids by giving up smoking’

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PARENTS who smoke are today being urged to stub out their habit to protect their children’s health.

Fresh, Smoke Free North East, says inhalers and asthma medication could become a thing of the past for thousands more of the region’s children if their parents stop smoking in the home and the car.

On World Asthma Day today, Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh, said: “Smoke is a cocktail of poisons which lingers around for hours. Opening the car window or kitchen door does little to stop children breathing it in.

“It’s better to prevent asthma than treat it and that is why more and more parents are either quitting or taking it outside.

“As well as the toxic fumes, many parents are increasingly worried it will only encourage their child to see mum or dad smoking and try it themselves.”

GPs and hospitals in the North East see about 13,000 children a year suffering from illnesses as a result of tobacco smoke.

For information on quitting smoking, phone the NHS helpline on 0800 012 1612 or click on website http://smokefree.nhs.uk/