Laura Sharman 14 May 2020

Campaigners warn children more exposed to secondhand smoke since lockdown

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More than one in ten smokers who live with children are smoking indoors more since lockdown, new research has revealed today.

Health campaigners warn that lockdown has increased the number of children exposed to secondhand smoke.

YouGov’s COVID tracker shows that 12% of smokers who live with children say they are smoking indoors more than they did before lockdown.

People who live in households that include children are 50% more likely to report being exposed to secondhand smoke since lockdown compared to those without children, it also shows.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of ASH, said: ‘This is an issue of equity. If you live in a high-rise block, taking your smoke outside is much harder than in a semi-detached with a garden.

’We know parents who smoke are trying to quit and reduce the amount they smoke — and we need to make sure they have the support they need to do this.’

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The power of local systems to save lives

Councils and their partners could do even more to contain the spread of COVID-19 if properly funded to undertake a robust localised system of testing, tracking and tracing, argues Professor Donna Hall.
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