News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Protect our Children from Second-hand Smoke

Protect our Children from Second-hand Smoke this Children’s Day

National Children’s Day (Sunday 2 March) is an opportunity for parents and whānau to focus on protecting children from second-hand smoke says Quitline.

Research shows that there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke and those who are exposed may suffer from many of the same diseases as regular smokers, such as coronary heart disease, lung cancer, acute stroke, eye and nasal irritation and nasal sinus cancer. Children are particularly vulnerable to second-hand smoke due to their smaller lungs and lower body weight and the fact that often they do not have the choice to move away from smoke.

Quitline Chief Executive, Paula Snowden says: “We can really make a difference to the health and well-being of children by protecting them from second hand smoke. We can do this by making our homes and cars smokefree and calling for the expansion of smokefree areas. It is also important to be a positive role model and not smoke around children. This means they are less likely to grow up to be smokers themselves.”

Quitline’s new pregnancy service aims to support pregnant women who smoke to quit and to remain smokefree after their baby is born. An important component of the service is also ensuring that the pregnant woman and baby are protected from second-hand smoke.

Smokers looking for support to quit smoking can call Quitline for free on 0800 778 778 or sign up at www.quit.org.nz

Last year Quitline helped more than 42,000 New Zealanders on their journey to become non-smokers. Smokers who use Quitline services are five times more likely to successfully quit than those who go it alone.


- ENDS –

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: No Pretence. No Bullshit. Fine Poem.

John Dickson doesn’t publish much; never has. Indeed, this new collection is his first such in 18 years. As he wryly and dryly states,

I’ve published two slim volumes, and spent all
My time working on the next.
(from Wasp p.67) More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays On Place From Aotearoa NZ

The New Zealand landscape undoubtedly is very beautiful, but so is the British one, and my attachment to this country is much more about some particular places, and the memories and emotions that in them combine, than it is about the landscape as a whole. More>>

Canonisation Fodder: Suzanne Aubert Declared ‘Venerable’

Suzanne Aubert, the founder of the Sisters of Compassion New Zealand’s home grown order of Sisters, has been declared ‘venerable’, a major milestone on the path to sainthood in the Catholic Church. More>>

“I Have Not Performed Well Enough”: Ernie Merrick Leaving Wellington Phoenix

Ernie Merrick has stepped down from his position as Wellington Phoenix FC Head Coach. The club would like to thank Ernie for his contribution to Wellington Phoenix and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. More>>

Ray Columbus: NZ Music Icon Passes Away

60s New Zealand music Icon Ray Columbus has passed away peacefully at his home north of Auckland... Ray Columbus enjoyed more than three decades at the top of NZ entertainment as a singer, songwriter, bandleader, music manager and TV star. More>>

Review: Bernard Herrmann's Scores For 'Vertigo' & 'Psycho'

Howard Davis: The NZSO's adventurousness was richly-rewarded, as the deeply appreciative Wellington audience was given the opportunity not only to see a couple of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films, but also to hear fine renditions of two of Bernard Herrmann's most accomplished film scores. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Leonard Cohen

If Bob Dylan owned the 1960s, Leonard Cohen was an inescapable presence during the early 1970s period, pre-disco and pre-punk. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Pick And Camera

Through the eyes of a miner – the photography of Joseph Divis: The occupations of miner and photographer are seldom combined. The conjunction must have been very rare indeed in the era before hand-held cameras, high-speed film and flashlights More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news