Passive smoking - protecting babies and children
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 (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 illegal to smoke in outdoor dining areas and many other public places such as children's playgrounds.
Don't make smokes your story - help for quitting smoking
The Australian Government has launched a campaign to help young people and adults who smoke quit smoking. Quitting can be hard and most smokers try a number of times before they quit for good. So take one step at a time and don't beat yourself up. The longer you stay smoke free, the easier it gets.
Learn the benefits of quitting and ways to help you do this.
Don't make smokes your story
The good news is that, if smokers quit smoking, the body repairs itself quite quickly.
Raising Children Network
South Australian Pregnancy website
Better Health Channel
Cancer Council SA
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).
This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.