Campaign raises awareness of new smoking ban in cars carrying children

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A campaign is raising awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke ahead of a ban on motorists smoking in cars carrying children.

Secondhand smoke is particularly harmful to babies and children because they breath more rapidly and have less developed lungs and airways.

Ahead of the new law coming into force on October 1, Stop Smoking Services in Herts is keen to help pregnant women and their partners, parents and people who have mental health conditions and may find quitting more difficult.

There are more than 300 stop smoking advisors based in GP surgeries, pharmacies and clinics across the county, who give free quitting support over 12 weeks.

Councillor Teresa Heritage, who oversees public health, said: “More than 80 per cent of cigarette smoke is invisible and odourless, so no matter how careful you are, children still breathe in harmful poisons which cause serious health problems.

“If you are one of the two-thirds of smokers thinking about ditching cigarettes, call Hertfordshire County Council’s Stop Smoking Service. We know quitting may not be easy, but we understand what works to ensure you get the best chance of success and will be there for you every step of the way. If you are not yet ready to quit, but would like advice on how to cut down or to protect your family from second-hand smoke, we can help.”

Those that flout the new law will risk having to pay a £50 fixed penalty notice.

For help to quit smoking visit www.smokefreehertfordshire.nhs.uk, call 0800 389 3 998 or text Smokefree to 80818 and someone will get in touch.