Ladyswell NS join the Smoke Free Homes Challenge

by Rose Barrett
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Healthy Fingal, in collaboration with the HSE and Empower launched the Smoke Free Homes Initiative recently at Ladyswell National School, Mulhuddart. 

This entails a four-week challenge across July aimed at promoting a smoke/vape-free environment for families and is designed to protect children from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke, both in the home and in cars/travel.

Stop Smoking Advisors from Empower and the HSE will engage with students on the dangers of smoking and vaping through age-appropriate discussions. Each student will receive information about the Smoke/Vape Free Homes Challenge and details on the colouring competition, aimed at creatively reinforcing the smoke-free message. Parents and guardians will be provided with information to sign up for the initiative and provided with the resources on a weekly basis to support a smoke-free environment for their families.

Cllr JK Onwumereh, as acting Mayor of Fingal said: “Smoking and vaping pose significant health risks, especially to young children, however, through education and community support, we can make a real difference in reducing exposure to second-hand smoke.”

The Risk of Secondhand Smoke to Children

Children are more at risk from secondhand smoke as they breathe more rapidly, and their lungs, airways and immune system are still developing. Secondhand smoke can increase a child’s risk of:ear infections, asthma, allergies, meningitis, cancer, bronchitis and pneumonia. Babies exposed to secondhand smoke are also at increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (cot death). Children who grow up seeing their parents smoke are also 3 times more likely to smoke when they grow up.

Empower offer free We Can Quit group stop smoking support and medication.

To register, click on https://bit.ly/WeCanQuitEmpower or email [email protected] or from the HSE, go to https://bit.ly/HSEStopSmokingService call 018976124 or email [email protected]

Photo Kevin McFeely for Coalesce

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