Why should I stop smoking in my home? 😣

80% of cigarette smoke is invisible

It’s doing more damage than you think. The invisible poisons linger around the house for up to 5 hours. It is made up of particles smaller than household dust, so it moves easily from room to room. 

For the kids 👶

Children are much more vulnerable to second-hand smoke than adults. They have small airways and breathe faster; their lungs and immune systems are still developing. They are at risk of coughs, colds, ear problems, chest infections, breathing problems and poorer lung function.

For your pets 🐶 🐱

Like children, our pets have small lungs. When someone smokes around them, they lick and ingest the smoke particles clinging to their fur. Second-paw smoke can cause breathing problems, asthmatic-like symptoms and cancer in cats, dogs, rabbits, birds even your goldfish!

For your furniture 🛋

Third-hand smoke consists of tobacco residue left behind after smoking, it builds up on surfaces and furnishings staining light coloured walls, carpets, curtains and furnishings. Children can ingest third-hand by putting their hands in their mouths after touching contaminated surfaces, such as furniture and toys.

For your neighbours 🚪

Smoke drift is the name for indirect second-hand smoke from other people’s homes. Low levels of exposure may cause irritation to the eyes and lungs, nausea and headaches as well as creating an unpleasant smell in neighbouring properties.

Risk of fire 🔥

In the UK, someone dies from a fire caused by a cigarette every 3 days. In 2014/15, 163 fires were caused by smoking materials in Wales.

Using e-cig indoors? Take extra care with the chargers as these have also caused house fires across Wales. Make sure they are not left charging for long periods of time or when no one is home and avoid counterfeit or substandard goods.

What about opening the window? 🤔

People often think that they can remove the risk from second-hand smoke exposure by opening windows or doors, not smoking in front of the kids, smoking in one room, smoking under an extractor fan or using air purifiers, fresheners or candles.

The truth is, none of these work! There are no safe levels of exposure to second-hand smoke. 80% of cigarette smoke is invisible and the only way to completely reduce exposure to second-hand smoke is by smoking outside the home and closing the door.

What are the benefits? 😍

Quitting smoking can save you a lot of money. Smoke 20 cigs a day? You could save up to £2920! Holiday anyone?

Children will need less trips to the doctor for eye, ear and chest problems and are less likely to develop asthma.

Pets will be healthier and less likely to develop breathing problems or cancer – saving on those pesky vet bills.

There’s less risk of a house fire and the house will no longer smell of cigarettes!

How can I make my home smokefree? 😯

Be prepared 👍

Set a date for your smokefree home and tell your family and friends. Make a list of other things you can do to distract yourself when you feel like having a smoke.

If you have outdoor space, keep an ashtray outside and maybe even a chair. In case of rain, leave an umbrella/shoes/waterproof jacket by the door.

Take smoking outside 🌳 ⛅️ 🏡

First make sure your children are safe indoors. Then close any windows near where you smoke and close the door behind you.

Don’t have any outdoor space? Take different opportunities to smoke when you’re out and about – when you’re taking the rubbish out or walking to the shops. Then use nicotine spray, gum, patches or lozenges to get you through the day, when you’re indoors.

Ask your guests to smoke outside too 🙋

First, text your visitors in advance, especially if they are used to lighting up in your house. Let them know your home is smokefree and they will have to smoke outside.

If you don’t have any space outdoors where you and visitors can smoke, advise them to smoke before they arrive or to bring nicotine patches, gum, lozenges to get them through.

Tips and Ideas? 🤔

Tailored support

Help Me Quit is a new, free NHS service in Wales. They will help you to pick the best way to quit, whether that’s telephone support, one-to-one or group meetings or the local pharmacy. They can also recommend which nicotine replacements, such as patches or gum, are best for you.

Visit: helpmequit.wales

Phone: 0800 085 2219 – Text: HMQ to 80818

Online support

Yes, that’s us! We have a free, online community where you can get friendly advice from other quitters as well as daily tips and motivation straight to your Facebook feed. We also offer quick, online advice on anything to do with smoking or quitting.

Send us a FB message: /smokefreemewales

Under 25?

Visit The Filter Wales! They’re all over social media and offer individual support via Twitter and Facebook. They’ve also got a website jammed full of facts and information about quitting smoking, from how much you can save, to how smoking hurts the environment.

Visit: thefilterwales.org

Tweet us: @thefilterwales – FB us: /thefilterwales

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