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Campaign warns of dangers of secondhand smoke

A national advertising campaign launches today to emphasise the dangers of secondhand smoke in the home and in cars.

More than 80% of cigarette smoke is invisible and odourless, and smokers are warned that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke, particularly around children.

Children breathing in other people’s cigarette smoke resulted in 300,000 GP visits and 9,500 hospital admissions last year in the UK and up to 5 million children are thought to be regularly exposed to secondhand smoke in the home.

The campaign aims to encourage smokefree homes and cars in England and to increase the number of quit attempts by smokers. It will run until 31 May.