Smok­ing mes­sage built on bear facts

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A bear named Big Tiny is tak­ing the sec­ond-hand smoke mes­sage into the work­places of Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang

Tiny is ask­ing those who smoke to be aware of the dan­gers of sec­ond-hand smoke, par­tic­u­larly its im­pact on young chil­dren.

He will be urg­ing them to take their smok­ing well away from any en­vi­ron­ment which chil­dren are in.

NHS La­nark­shire health im­prove­ment se­nior Tracy-Ann Kidd is lead­ing the Big Tiny cam­paign in La­nark­shire.

She said:“Peo­ple are al­ways sur­prised when they hear how ex­po­sure to sec­ond-hand smoke can in­crease a child’s risk of de­vel­op­ing or wors­en­ing their asthma, as well as res­pi­ra­tory and ear in­fec­tions and menin­gi­tis.

“It also sur­prises them when they hear how 85 per cent of cig­a­rette smoke is in­vis­i­ble, has no smell and can linger about a house for up to five hours.”

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