Local children’s nurseries have teamed up with the Hull and East Riding Stop Smoking Service to help parents become smoke free.
Second hand smoke contains over 4,000 toxic chemicals which are obviously harmful, but think of the damage they cause young children as their bodies continue to develop.
Stopping smoking is one of the best things that you can do for yourself and your family and The Hull and East Riding Smokefree Families Team, part of City Health Care Partnership CIC, is able to help. They offer a range of free services including free nicotine replacement products (NRT) like patches and gum to help pregnant women, mums of young children and members of their family to quit smoking.
The team are about to launch a brand new initiative into local nurseries, a move which is being welcomed by the manager of Jubilee Nursery in Bishop Burton, Caroline Parkinson, “At the end of every day, all our children go home with a diary day sheet detailing how their day has been. As part of our focus on a healthy lifestyle, for a two week period, the sheets will also contain contact information for The Smokefree Families Team. Anything that we can do to help the children towards a healthy happy family future we’re more than willing to do. I would really encourage other nurseries to get on board to help families to stop smoking.”
The Smokefree Families Team are able to offer free one to one or group support at a time and location that suits the individual and quitters are four times more likely to quit smoking with help than on their own which is a great incentive.
Rebecca Sutcliffe, a specialist advisor with the Smokefree Families Team is passionate about supporting families in their decisions to stop smoking.
“It is never too late to quit. We support pregnant women who want to stop for themselves and their baby. It is so incredibly rewarding to be able to help a mumto-be to achieve their goal of successfully giving up smoking.”
She continues: “We also work with mums who have children under the age of five and their partners and families, to not only stop smoking, but also to minimise the impact of smoking on their children if there are adults around them who smoke.”
Rebecca stresses how important it is for adults to stop smoking around youngsters and pregnant women:
“Children are less likely to suffer from breathing problems like bronchitis or asthma and common coughs and cold. Perhaps one of the most important things to bear in mind is that if you smoke and your children know that you do, they are more likely to smoke when they get older.”
“The Smokefree Families Team can help with all of this; the most important thing to remember is that you are not alone.”
For more information, contact the Smokefree Families Team on 0800 915 59 59, text QUIT to 61825 or visit www.readytostopsmoking.co.uk.