Make your home a smoke free zone

Borders residents who think they are doing enought to protect their children from second-hand smoke are being urged to think again.

Harmful chemicals in second-hand smoke linger for up to five hours after the visible smoke disappears but as 85 per cent of second-hand smoke is invisible and odourless, people are unaware that smoking indoors, even at an open window or door, isn’t enough to protect children.

NHS Borders Smoke-Free Homes initiative aims to reduce exposure to second hand smoke and Dr Eric Baijal, director of public health, said: “Protecting children from second hand smoke is a vital part of our strategy to change our culture to one where a smoke free environment is the norm.”

NHS Borders Quit4Good Service on 01896 825971.