- Cigarettes contain over 4,000 chemicals - 60 of these are known to cause cancer.
- The Irish Cancer Society tells us that children who live in a smoky home are at greater risk of:
- Coughing and wheezing
- Chest infections
- Severe asthma
- Middle ear infections and glue ear
- Cot death (SIDS)
- Absence from school due to ill health
Take action now to protect your child:
- Reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and child health problems by making your car and your home smoke free zones:
- Do not smoke around your child.
- Do not allow anyone else smoke around your child.
- From the 1st of January 2016 it is an offence for anyone to smoke a tobacco product in a vehicle where a child (anyone under the age of 18 years) is present. The offence will be enforced by the Gardaí and carries a fixed penalty of €100. Find out more here.
- Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, ashtrays etc out of sight and reach of children.
- Remember e-cigarettes and some of the "stop smoking products" such as gum, sprays, pastilles and patches contain nicotine and can cause harm to children. Always keep these products out of sight and reach of children.
- Find out more at the Irish Cancer Society and by reading their leaflet:
Do not smoke or allow anyone smoke around you while you are pregnant:
- If you smoke during pregnancy your baby is more likely to be born prematurely or have a low birth weight.
- Premature and low birth weight babies have a higher risk of cot death.
- Consider quitting smoking - this will improve your health and that of your children.
- For help on quitting:
Most unintentional injuries (often called accidents) can be prevented:
Remember the key message where child safety is concerned -
Watch your child at all times, as children do not understand danger