Smoke-free homes and cars

Having a smoke-free home and car is important to protect everyone in the family.

Passive smoke, also known as Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS), is the smoke that comes from the burning end of a cigarette as well as smoke breathed out from a smoker.

People breathing in passive smoke near a smoker are exposed to the same poisons as the smoker.

Kids are particularly at risk from these chemicals. They have much smaller lungs and body weight, so the dangerous substances in smoke can have a serious effect on them. Small children also don’t often have an option to walk away from smoke.

The best thing you can do to protect your kids is to quit. Quitting is hard, so if you are trying to or thinking about quitting but not quite ready to make a quit attempt, the best thing you can do to protect your kids is to go outside the house to smoke. If you are outside, make sure you move away from others.

Did you know it is illegal to smoke inside a car with a child 16 years and younger?

Being a good role model

Did you know that children who grow up with one or both parents who smoke are more likely to smoke? Set a good example and quit to help stop them from taking up smoking.

If you have a smoke-free home you will:

  • Improve your health
  • Protect your child health from passive smoke
  • Make them less likely to take up smoking.


Help with your quit attempts

Having a smoke-free house and car, helps provide a supportive environment when you are making a quit attempt. Smelling smoke can often be a trigger for someone to ‘give in’ when they are having a craving.

Sign up for a quit group or speak to your local AMS or doctor today about getting started.