New campaign encourages smokers to ‘Take it Outside’
article submitted by West Suffolk Working Together
A new campaign is raising awareness of the health and fire safety risks of smoking in the home.
‘Take it Outside’ highlights the health harms to family and friends of second hand smoke, and aims to reduce the devastating impact of house fires as a result of smoking. It is a joint campaign between Suffolk County Council Public Health, Trading Standards and Fire & Rescue Service.
In the UK around 2 million children are estimated to be regularly exposed to second hand smoke in the home, making it the main place that children encounter smoking. There are over 60 cancer causing substances in cigarettes, and most of these toxins are invisible and odourless.
The campaign sets out the key steps that people can take to avoid the multiple health harms associated with smoking in the home. Three film scenarios illustrate the increased risk of smoking illicit tobacco, and promote the role of OneLife Suffolk in supporting people to quit.
OneLife Suffolk provide support and advice to people to quit smoking. For more information call 01473 718193, email or visit onelifesuffolk.co.uk
More information about the ‘Take it Outside’ campaign can be found at https://www.healthysuffolk.org.uk/projects/take-it-outside