First, a Spotlight on Second- and Third-Hand Smoke

If you're the only one who smokes in your family, you might think that only you are affected by the smoke. Unfortunately, this isn't true. Your loved ones are likely to be harmed by environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), or second- and third-hand smoke.

Second-hand smoke is the smoke from other people’s cigarettes that goes into the air. Third-hand smoke is the smoke that lingers on fabrics and surfaces — this means that even if you take care to smoke on the balcony so your family doesn’t breathe in the second-hand smoke, harmful third-hand smoke might still linger on your clothes, the window curtains, or the walls.

Quitting means your loved ones are no longer harmed by the smoke from your cigarettes. Let’s look at how their health will benefit!

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Benefits to Your Developing Baby

Expecting a child? Here’s how quitting will benefit the developing baby.

As a Mummy-to-be

When you smoke during your pregnancy, the harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke can pass through your blood stream into your baby’s blood.

By quitting, you give your precious little one a chance to develop in a healthy environment. Plus, you’re more likely to have a healthy pregnancy and birth.

Quitting will make sure that your baby’s airways are not damaged by harmful cigarette smoke, and sharply reduce the risks of breathing problems, slow growth, premature birth, or miscarriage and stillbirth.

As a Daddy-to-be

Exposure to ETS will harm your developing baby in similar ways as those stated above. Quitting will not only greatly reduce these risks — you will also be giving your partner peace of mind during her pregnancy, giving mummy and baby a higher chance of a healthy birth.

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Benefits to Your Growing Child

The dangers of smoking continue to affect children as they grow up. Stubbing out will give them a smoke-free environment where they can grow up safe from increased risks of lung diseases, cancer, and breathing problems like asthma.

Quitting will also make you a better role model: children who grow up with non-smokers are less likely to pick up smoking than those who live with smokers.

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Benefits to Your Family Members and Friends

Of course, quitting will keep your other family members safe from risks of cancer and heart disease. Remember: the risks you face as a smoker also apply to the people closest to you, so keep the ones you love healthy and protect them by quitting!

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Keep It Up

You've already given your family a head start on the road to recovery by stubbing out that last cigarette.

The next time you think of lighting up, resist the temptation by reminding yourself of the benefits of quitting: not only will you feel better physically and mentally, you’ll also keep the people you love out of harm’s way.

Resources for Quitting

Join the I Quit 28-Day Countdown now! Call QuitLine at 1800 438 2000 for support, and visit participating retail pharmacies for advice that can help you quit.

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