The harmful effects of secondhand smoke (SHS) are well known. Babies and children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of SHS because they have smaller airways and a higher breathing frequency than adults, meaning they inhale SHS at a higher rate than adults. Smoking around infants and children increases their risk of middle ear infections and serious respiratory tract conditions. It also dramatically increases the risk of SUDI (Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy). Smoking during pregnancy is associated with risks to the pregnancy (e.g., premature birth) and to the newborn (e.g., low birthweight). Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for the health of yourself and your family.
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For cessation services:
- call QUITLINE 0800 778 778 or go to www.quit.org.nz