Kirklees scheme to stop secondhand smoke
Jun 17 2009 by Anne-Marie Senior, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
PARENTS who smoke are being targeted by a campaign to protect the health of their children.
A massive drive is underway across Kirklees this month to encourage people to make their homes smoke-free
The Smoke-Free Homes Initiative comes after figures show 46% of young people in Kirklees live with a smoker.
And in the UK, 17,000 youngsters a year are admitted to hospital due to illnesses triggered by secondhand smoke including asthma, coughs, ear infections and behavioural problems.
This week, public health workers and stop smoking advisors from NHS Kirklees teamed up with West Yorkshire Fire Service to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking at home.
A special smoke-free bus was parked outside Huddersfield Bus Station to offer people information about protecting children from the harmful effects of second hand smoke.
Rebecca Elliott, NHS Kirklees health improvement practitioner specialist for tobacco, said: “It is not about stopping people smoking as such, but about getting people to think about where they smoke. We find people are more willing to engage with that.