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Whenever people smoke, all the others around them are smoking too because they breathe in the same harmful substances as the person who is smoking. When children or adults breathe in other people's smoke (second hand smoke), it is commonly known as passive smoking.

The particles are breathed in by anyone near the smoker and get right down into their lungs. This can be harmful to health, especially in children.

It's easy to protect your children from passive smoking - make your home and car smoke-free. It is illegal in South Australia to smoke in a car while a child is also in the car and from July 2016 it will be illegal to smoke in outdoor dining areas.

More information

Raising Children Network 

South Australian Pregnancy website 

 Better Health Channel 

Cancer Council SA


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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

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