A SMOKERS’ group has criticised a new Government campaign aimed at highlighting the dangers of secondhand smoke to children.
The campaign – launched by the Department of Health – will run across TV, radio, press and online channels.
It is designed to highlight the fact that secondhand smoke is highly toxic and invisible, and that despite parents’ best intentions they are still unwittingly exposing their children to harm.
The move comes after evidence showed more than 80% smoke was invisible.
The adverts will also show how children become exposed to smoke in the home even when their parent moves away from them – for example by smoking outside or by a window with smoking drifting back in – or smokes in the family car.
But today Simon Clark, director of pro-smokers’ group Forest, hit out against the campaign.
He said: “Yet again smokers are hit by a fusillade of estimates and calculations designed to spread fear and revulsion.
“It’s only a matter of time before loving parents who smoke in or around their homes are accused of child abuse and risk having their children taken into care.
“Tobacco is a legal product. Adults must be allowed to smoke somewhere.
“If the Government doesn’t want children exposed to even a whiff of smoke they will have to amend the smoking ban to allow designated smoking rooms in pubs and clubs. That is the only sensible solution.
“Meanwhile, are they going to ban barbecues and bonfires?”