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Breathing other people’s second-hand smoke, also known as passive smoking, can cause the same health problems as smoking. This includes breathing problems and increased risk of diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Young children, babies and people who are already ill or very old and frail are particularly vulnerable, but second-hand smoke is bad for everyone’s health – even pets!
It has been against the law to smoke in public places like pubs and restaurants since 2007. As a result of this legislation, there were 1,200 fewer hospital admissions for heart attacks recorded in the following year alone. Imagine how many more heart attacks have been avoided since then!
From 1st October 2015 it will be illegal to smoke in vehicles with someone under 18 present.
The new law helps protect under 18s from the dangers of secondhand smoke and both the driver and the smoker can be fined £50 if anyone smokes in the vehicle.
And another thing… Smoking in the home increases the risk of a house fire by 35%
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