A new campaign to raise the impact parental smoking can have on children’s mental health and spur parents to kick the habit has been launched by the Public Health Agency.
Smoking remains the single greatest cause of preventable illness, premature death and health inequality throughout Northern Ireland with 2,300 people dying prematurely each year from smoking-related illnesses such as coronary heart disease, stroke and many cancers.
The new two-stranded approach aims to raise awareness of the impact parental smoking can have on children’s mental health and highlights that if you stop for 28 days or more, you are five times more likely to stop for good.
The PHA campaign is launched as the Western Trust has announced that smoking will no longer be permitted anywhere on its grounds or premises from March 2014. This includes buildings, entrances, pavements and car parks. No smoking will be allowed on site for patients, staff members or the public.