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Quit calls on parents to make their homes smokefree following the US Surgeon General’s report on the second-hand smoke

Wednesday 28 June, 2006

Quit is urging parents to make their homes smokefree following a new report from US Surgeon General revealing smoking by parents causes respiratory symptoms and slows lung growth in their children.

Executive Director of Quit, Mr Todd Harper, said eliminating smoking indoors and creating a smokefree home is an effective way to protect children from the serious health problems caused by exposure to second-hand smoke.

"If parents make their homes smokefree they are taking positive steps to ensure their children are protected from the harms of exposure to second-hand smoke."

The report also reveals that children exposed to second-hand smoke are at an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, and more severe asthma

"This report clearly shows that second-hand smoke increases the risk of children developing several serious health problems , so by creating a smokefree home parents are making a priceless investment in the good health of their kids."

"Parents can also play a contructive part in preventing their children from taking up the habit in the future, as evidence suggests children whose parents quit are more likely to stay non-smokers."

"If parents are able to make a successful quit attempt when their children are young, then the chance of their children becoming smokers in adolescence is less likely,' said Mr Harper.

The report, released earlier today, also confirmed that exposure of adults to second-hand smoke causes diseases and premature death in people who do not smoke.

Mr Harper said the Victorian Government has made a lot of progress in recent years, introducing tobacco reforms that protect the public from the health consequences of exposure to second-hand smoke.

"In March this year, following tremendous support from the public, indoor workplaces in Victoria became smokefree signifying an important step forward in efforts to protect Victorians from second-hand smoke."

"Given the irrefutable evidence on the harms of passive smoking, there is no excuse for anyone to have to work in an environment where their health may be compromised due to exposure to second-hand smoke."

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Edwina Vellar,
Media Manager
ph: (03) 9635 5400
mob: 0417 303 811
email:
Edwina.Vellar@cancervic.org.au

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