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Smoke Free Homes

    Second-hand smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals and toxins.  It is estimated that thousands of deaths each year are caused by second-hand smoke.  Children are particularly affected because their bodies are still developing.   

    There are many benefits in making your home smoke free, including:

    • Your family will be less likely to develop asthma, coughs, lung cancer, heart disease, chest and ear infections.  Existing conditions will not be worsened because of second hand smoke.
    • Your home will be fresher, cleaner and free from the smell of smoke.
    • Your clothes will no longer smell of smoke.
    • It will reduce the risk of starting a fire in your home.
    • Your home will be a healthier place for your family and pets.
    • Your children may be less likely to become smokers if you do not smoke in front of them.

    Tips on having a smoke free home:

    • Let your family and friends know that your house is smoke free. Simply ask people to smoke outside, just opening a window is not good enough as second-hand smoke will still be present in a room after two and a half hours!
    • Display a sign to remind people that your home is smoke free.
    • Redecorate to get rid of the smell of smoke. Get rid of your ashtrays.
    • If you are unable to have a smoke free home, try to make sure that your children are never around anyone who is smoking and make sure that no one smokes in your children’s bedrooms or a room that they use.  

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