Trust Launches Smoke Free Homes

21/04/2016

In Northern Ireland, one in every 4 people smoke, and approximately 2,300 die from smoking related illnesses each year. Most people are now aware of the harmful effects of smoking on their own health. Research continues to emerge, that breathing in other people’s smoke, “second-hand smoke” can have the same detrimental effect as smoking. This has huge implications for family members. Children exposed to cigarette smoke are at greater risk of cot death, pneumonia, bronchiolitis, glue ear and asthma. Even pets living in smoky environments are more likely to suffer various cancers as well as asthma and skin allergies.

In light of this, the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust have launched a new campaign to encourage people in the Colin area to pledge to keep their home ‘Smoke Free’. A family fun day was held in the Dairy Farm Shopping Centre where children enjoyed face painting, glitter tattoos and adults received free advice and carbon monoxide monitoring in preparation for going ‘Smoke Free’.

Health Improvement Midwife, Lisa Harper will be working alongside colleagues & community partnerships in the Colin area to raise awareness around the dangers of second-hand smoke and to give free help, advice & carbon monoxide readings.

Pictured left to right Claire Black (Smoking Cessation Co-Ordinator, South Eastern HSC Trust), Lisa Harper (Health Improvement Midwife, South Eastern HSC Trust) and Cathy Bell (Health Improvement Midwife, South Eastern HSC Trust)

Pictured left to right Bernie Devlin (Family Support Worker, Colin Sure Start), Cathy Bell (Health Improvement Midwife, South Eastern HSC Trust), Claire Black (Smoking Cessation Co-Ordinator, South Eastern HSC Trust), Lisa Harper (Health Improvement Midwife, South Eastern HSC Trust), Margaret Clinton (Family Support Worker, Colin Sure Start)