Caerphilly Council backs campaign to stop parents smoking in cars
A Welsh Government campaign to stop parents smoking in their cars with their children has been backed by Caerphilly County Borough Council.
The Fresh Start Wales campaign calls for parents to sign a pledge promising not to smoke in their cars to protect their families from second-hand smoke.
The campaign’s Summer Promise encourages parents to keep cars smoke-free during the school summer holidays.
Cllr David Poole, cabinet member for community and leisure services, said: “I strongly urge all parents in the borough to take up this promise and sign the online pledge to keep their cars smoke free. It has been proven that smoking with children in the car can be very detrimental to their health. Even by opening the window, or smoking when your children are not in the car still allows for deadly chemicals to linger in the seats and roof lining long after you’ve stubbed it out.
“Children who breathe in these fumes face an increased chance of developing respirotary problems such as asthma or bronchitis, middle ear disease and even cancer. Exposing children to these kinds of health risks is a burden no parent should wish to bear.”
Special packs are now available offering support to smokers as they stub out the habit. The packs contain practical tools, helpful tips and advice for smokers on how to protect their families and themselves from the harms and dangers of smoking.
To sign the online pledge or get more information please visit the Health Challenge Caerphilly website www.healthchallengecaerphilly.org.ukFollow @CaerphillyObsvr