Taking action on smoking and health
Principle 2: Children have a particular need for a smoke-free environment.
Jean Carwood-Edwards heads up Early Years Scotland and leads a 50 strong team of fully qualified early years specialists, operating across Scotland. Having spent her entire career in the early years sector her vision is to ensure that all Scottish children have the best possible start in life, regardless of their circumstances.
Jean's expert knowledge of the early years sector combined with her desire to tackle inequalities and provide supportive, nurturing environments for young children and their families has led her to feel passionate about smoke-free environments for children.
“Scotland has a professional Early Years workforce that is completely dedicated to providing the best start for our children. There are many simple steps that providers of Early Learning and Childcare take to ensure that babies and young children are protected from second-hand smoke. This includes things like asking parents and carers to avoid smoking around nurseries and school playgrounds, when they are collecting children.”
Children are more vulnerable to any level of second-hand smoke, because they breathe faster, their lungs and immune systems are still developing and they can’t easily move away from smoky environments.
Smoke lingers in the air and moves from room to room – it can still be there even when you can’t see it or smell it.
We know most parents want to protect their children, and many parents who smoke already take some action, such as opening a window. However parents often do not know enough about how tobacco smoke spreads, the harm it causes and that a completely smoke-free home is the best way to protect the family.
In this article Jean highlights the impact that exposure to second-hand smoke can have on children and how those working with children and families can take steps to protect children from second-hand smoke. Children have a particular need for a smoke-free environment.
Action on Smoking & Health (Scotland) (ASH Scotland) is a registered Scottish charity (SC 010412) and a company limited by guarantee(Scottish company no 141711). The registered office is 8 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HB.
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