Every time you smoke, you breathe out secondhand smoke. The particles are so small 85% of them are invisible and odourless.
No amount of secondhand smoke is safe. Smoking at the back door or under the fan will not reduce the harm.
Children exposed to secondhand smoke are more at risk of asthma, colds, ear problems, and chest infections.
Rather than smoke in the kitchen, could you wait until another time when you can go right outside?
Secondhand smoke contains more than 5,000 toxic chemicals such as carbon monoxide, arsenic, benzene and hydrogen cyanide. The particles are smaller than dust and drift easily as you move through the house and open doors.
Smoking near or leaning out of an open window doesn’t protect your family. Secondhand smoke drifts all through your house. Wherever your child is, they’ll breathe in the harmful chemicals.
Children breathe faster than adults so they breathe in more of the toxic chemicals in smoke. Homes where smoking is allowed generally have levels of harmful chemicals around 7 times higher than smokefree homes.
If you can’t get outside and aren’t ready to quit, could you go longer between cigarettes until you next go out? You could try nicotine spray, gum, patches or lozenges to get you through? Or if it helps keep your home smokefree, evidence suggests vaping/ e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking.
Even if you smoke when they're at school, out playing or just before they get in the car, secondhand smoke will still be around, waiting for your kids to breathe it in.
Candles, air fresheners and purifiers might hide the smell of smoke, but they can't get rid of the harmful toxins.
Secondhand smoke can trigger an asthma attack. In children who have asthma already, it can make attacks more severe, and more frequent.
Ask someone you trust to watch the kids for 5 minutes if you feel you need to pop outside. You could return the favour.
Children are especially vulnerable to the toxins in secondhand smoke because their airways are smaller and they breathe faster.
Children of all ages are at risk because their lungs and immune systems aren't fully developed until they are teenagers.
Could you put your shoes and umbrella by the door? And find somewhere comfortable to so you can pop outside instead?
No matter what you do, if you smoke indoors, the harmful chemicals from your secondhand smoke will hang around for hours doing real harm to your kids and increasing their risk of illness.
Don't let anyone smoke indoors, ask them to go outside, and tell them you're keeping your home smokefree for your kids.
You can choose whether your child breathes secondhand smoke.