Tips to help you choose clean air for your kids | Smoke Free Families

Find out how you can keep your home smokefree in just a few easy steps

It’s great you try and keep it away from your kids. But unfortunately it’s not enough.

Did you know that secondhand smoke creeps from room to room, waiting for your child to breathe it in – even when the door’s closed?

It’s great you don’t want to smoke when they’re in the house. Unfortunately your secondhand smoke can still have an effect.

Did you know the harmful chemicals in secondhand smoke linger in your home for up to 5 hours?

It’s good you’re thinking about the problem of secondhand smoke. But unfortunately it’s not enough.

Did you know that harmful chemicals creep from room to room, waiting for your child to breathe them in – even with the door and window open?

We know it can seem like you don’t have a choice, but there are other things that might work for you. And your kids.

Did you know that children are more vulnerable to secondhand smoke because they have smaller airways, breathe faster, and their immune systems are still developing? But there are things you can do.

Does your home have outside space - like a garden or balcony?

Could you ask a trusted friend/neighbour to mind your kids if you're going outside?

Could you choose a different time instead, such as when you’re out and about? What about when you’re taking the rubbish out, walking the dog or walking to the shops?

Why not try:

  • Nicotine spray, gum, patches or lozenges to get you through, when you’re indoors. If it helps you keep your home smokefree, there’s no evidence of any harm to others from exposure to e-cigarette vapour either.

REMEMBER to tell visitors your home is smokefree.

Want some visitors’ tips?

Great! Try this tip too…

  • Use nicotine spray, gum, patches or lozenges to get you through, when you’re indoors. through, when you’re indoors. There’s no evidence of any harm to others from exposure to e-cigarette vapour either.

REMEMBER to tell visitors your home is smokefree.

Want some visitors’ tips?

Great! Try these tips too…

  • Go outside when the kids are at nursery/school.
  • Choose other times instead - what about when you’re taking the rubbish out, walking the dog or walking to the shops.
  • Use nicotine spray, gum, patches or lozenges to get you through, when you’re indoors. If it helps keep your home smokefree, there’s no evidence of any harm to others from exposure to e-cigarette vapour either.

REMEMBER to tell visitors your home is smokefree.

Want some visitors’ tips?

Are you on your own looking after kids?

Great! Try these tips too…

  • Choose a different time instead – what about when you’re taking the rubbish out, walking the dog or walking to the shops.
  • Go out to smoke when the kids are at nursery/school.
  • Use nicotine spray, gum, patches or lozenges to get you through, when you’re indoors. If it helps you keep your home smokefree, there’s no evidence of any harm to others from exposure to e-cigarette vapour either - consider switching.

REMEMBER to tell visitors your home is smokefree.

Want some visitors’ tips?

Could you go outside when the kids are at nursery/school?

Good luck and remember… by taking small steps you can ensure you protect your kids from the hidden dangers of secondhand smoke. Hope these smokefree home tips help.

Great! Try these tips too…

  • Choose other times instead – what about when you’re taking the rubbish out, walking the dog or walking to the shops.
  • Use nicotine spray, gum, patches or lozenges to get you through, when you’re indoors. There’s no evidence of any harm to others from exposure to e-cigarette vapour either - consider switching.

REMEMBER to tell visitors your home is smokefree.

Want some visitors’ tips?

To stay smokefree for your kids’ sake:

  • Text visitors in advance to let them know your home is smokefree.
  • Ask them if they can put out any cigarettes before they arrive, or pop outside if they want to smoke.
  • Ask them to bring nicotine spray, gum, patches or lozenges to use. There’s no evidence of any harm to others from exposure to e-cigarette vapour either - consider switching

Good luck and remember… by taking small steps you can ensure you protect your kids from the hidden dangers of secondhand smoke. Hope these smokefree home tips help.

Why not try:

  • Nicotine spray, gum, patches or lozenges to get you through, when you’re indoors. There's no evidence of any harm to others from exposure to e-cigarette vapour either - consider switching
  • Visit our quit smoking page.

REMEMBER to tell visitors your home is smokefree.

Want some visitors’ tips?

Do you have visitors that smoke?

To stay smokefree for your kids’ sake:

  • Text visitors in advance to let them know your home is smokefree.
  • Ask them if they can put out any cigarettes before they arrive, or pop outside if they want to smoke.
  • Suggest they bring nicotine spray, gum, patches or lozenges to use. There’s no evidence of any harm to others from exposure to e-cigarette vapour either - consider switching.

Want to make smoking outside easier to do?

Here are some tips to make smoking outside easier to do…

  • Consider switching to an e-cigarette - estimated to be 95% safer than smoking. Leave an umbrella/shoes/waterproof jacket by the door.
  • Leave an umbrella/shoes/waterproof jacket by the door
  • Keep an ashtray outside
  • Put a bench or chair outside

Good luck and remember… by taking small steps you can ensure you protect your kids from the hidden dangers of second-hand smoke. Hope these smoke-free home tips help.

Make smoking outside more convenient/comfortable:

  • Consider switching to an e-cigarette - estimated to be 95% safer than smoking.
  • Leave an umbrella/shoes/waterproof jacket by the door.
  • Keep an ashtray outside
  • Put a bench or chair outside

Good luck and remember… by taking small steps you can ensure you protect your kids from the hidden dangers of second-hand smoke. Hope these smoke-free home tips help.

Could you ask a trusted friend/neighbour to mind the kids if you're going outside?