Thursday 22nd August 2019 - 23:20
Current Artist
Current Song
Listen live

​News In Focus Blog | Stub It Out – Growing up around smoke

1st October 2016
Stub It Out

News In Focus Blog | Stub It Out – Growing up around smoke

This week’s News In Focus program (click HERE to listen) takes a look at Stoptober and also marks the launch of our “Stub It Out” campaign which runs throughout October, on The Katie Trinder Breakfast show, Watko in the afternoon and right here online. 

This week’s News in Focus program launches the campaign and takes a look at national campaign “Stoptober” which over the past six years, has helped 15 million people to quit the fags.

Personally I have never smoked and I know that I never will, but like many others – I have grown up around smokers, and as such have been exposed to second hand smoke – and whilst it doesn’t particularly bother me, I never really knew that there were so many dangers to me as well as the smoker.

Exposure to SHS has immediate health effects. It can reduce lung function; exacerbate respiratory problems; trigger asthma attacks; reduce coronary blood flow; irritate eyes; and cause headaches, coughs, sore throats, dizziness and nausea. There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke.

I still live with a smoker who I know will never give up and that of course is his right, however I see some of my friends now who have become smokers and now are starting to have their own families – and I think more about the dangers they’re going to be exposed too.

As a kid, I spent numerous journeys travelling around with my dad who always smoked whilst driving – sometimes he’d have the window open but the 90% of time the smoke would be circulating around that tight space with nowhere to go. I wonder how much smoke got into my lungs then and whether, had there been a smoking and driving law in the mid 90’s, I’d have been exposed to so much.

Personally I think the new laws surrounding smoking in cars, which came into effect last year, will have an impact on those wanting to quit this Stoptober – the law states “It is illegal to smoke in a car (or other vehicle) with anyone under 18. Both the driver and the smoker could be fined £50. The law applies to every driver in England and Wales, including those aged 17 and those with a provisional driving licence.” – How many parents on the school run, stressed out in a morning, would be reaching for the fags before the law change? 

Of course Tabaco is an addiction and like any addiction it’s not just as simple as saying “as of 10am this morning, I’m just not going to smoke” – hopefully the advice in this week’s program will show that you don’t have to quit alone. 

Craig


Click HERE to return to the main 'Stub It Out' page.