Crusade to protect children from smoke

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A NEW smoke-free homes and cars campaign has launched in the borough and is set to raise awareness of the dangers passive fumes can cause children.

Backed by Wigan Council, the Take Seven Steps Out campaign supports adverts which show how smoking by a door is not enough to protect children.

One of its main aims is to highlight how more than 80 per cent of second hand smoke is invisible and odourless, yet contains harmful toxins that are damaging children. Last year in the borough over 800 child illnesses were blamed on second hand smoke, all preventable.

Dr Kate Ardern, the borough’s director of public health, said: “We want to remind people that smoking around children is harmful and they must take action to prevent it.”