The home is the #1 place where children and pets are more likely to be exposed to second-hand smoke. We’re answering some frequently asked questions to helping you to make your home smokefree.
Why smokefree homes?
What about opening the window?
People often think that they can remove the risk from second-hand smoke exposure by opening windows or doors, not smoking in front of the kids, smoking in one room, smoking under an extractor fan or using air purifiers, fresheners or candles. None of these work!
The only way to completely reduce exposure to second-hand smoke is by smoking outside the home and closing the door!
What are the benefits?
How can I make my home smokefree?
Set a date for your smokefree home and tell your family and friends. Make a list of other things you can do to distract yourself when you feel like having a smoke.
If you have outdoor space, keep an ashtray outside and maybe even a chair. In case of rain, leave an umbrella/shoes/waterproof jacket by the door.
Take smoking outside
First make sure your children are safe indoors. Then close any windows near where you smoke and close the door behind you.
Don’t have any outdoor space? Take different opportunities to smoke when you’re out and about – when you’re taking the rubbish out or walking to the shops. Then use nicotine spray, gum, patches or lozenges to get you through the day, when you’re indoors.
Ask your guests to smoke outside too
First, text your visitors in advance, especially if they are used to lighting up in your house. Let them know your home is smokefree and they will have to smoke outside.
If you don’t have any space outdoors where you and visitors can smoke, advise them to smoke before they arrive or to bring nicotine patches, gum, lozenges to get them through.
Still have questions?
Download our info pack
The home is the #1 place where children and pets are more likely to be exposed to second-hand smoke. This booklet is packed with tips, tricks and those frequently asked questions to help you make the decision as to whether or not your home should be smokefree.
Are you a housing association or landlord?
Download our information booklet on implementing smokefree policy and guidance within your properties.
Who can help me to quit smoking?
Help Me Quit is a new, free NHS service in Wales. They will help you to pick the best way to quit, whether that’s telephone support, one-to-one or group meetings or the local pharmacy. They can also recommend which nicotine replacements, such as patches or gum, are best for you.
Phone: 0800 085 2219 – Text: HMQ to 80818