The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health is calling for smoking in cars to be made illegal while children are there and have released an advert supporting their endeavour highlighting that most second-hand smoke is invisible and is present in the form of gas that is undetectable by smell. This is one of many supportive justifications for more smokers to consider the benefits to stopping smoking. This is supported by a study carried out by the national research Council which proved that 85% of second-hand smoke is invisible putting second-hand smokers at serious risk of developing smoking related illnesses. Next week will see an end to the display of tobacco in shops all around the country, the first of a few major asks from the anti-smoking campaigners to come to fruition for some time.
Recent research shows that all round the country, 2 million children are inhaling second-hand smoke in the home and many more are exposed to smoke outside of the home. It is within our rights as human beings to live in a healthy environment. Social workers take children away from parents who are doing drugs, drinking alcohol to excess or are otherwise thought to be a threat to the health or emotional stability of their children. Why is this not yet the case for the children of those who smoke in the home when they are susceptible to illnesses such as asthma, meningitis and even ear infections. Furthermore, smoking is now thought to be a major cause of cot deaths.1,000 young people were surveyed by the Department of Health and a huge portion of those surveyed were desirous of a smoke free life with 82% of children wanting their parents to quit smoking in front of them at home and 78% wanting their parents to agree to stopping smoking in the car when they are in the vehicle also.
Hopes are high that such bans will be passed as no smoking in the home or in a vehicle where children are present however it is coming to pass that displays of tobacco products are a thing of the past. Cancer research UK recently carried out a review in which they discovered that packaging had in fact been created with a view to appealing to non-smokers such as young people and explained that it was down to the details such as colour and design of the packaging and the size of the boxes. With 80% of smokers taking up the habit it is not difficult to see why the tobacco companies target young people in this way.
With 100,000 people dying every year from smoking related illnesses, it is high time that something was done about our younger generations. By banning cigarette displays and campaigning to ban smoking in the home and in cars we will hopefully discourage people at a younger age from smoking and maybe even get the older generations to agree to stopping smoking.
More people than ever are signing up to support services in order to stop smoking and are attending counselling or taking cessation medication such as Champix. Hopefully more people than ever will very soon avoid taking up this addictive habit.