Stop smoking - protect your child's health

Why Quit?

Smoking is harmful to you and your child. Your child breathes faster than you so will breathe in more harmful chemicals from second hand smoke. Smoke stays on your clothes, hair and in your breath for hours after your last cigarette. Even if you smoke in a different room, with the window open or outside this can affect your child’s health.

The effects of smoking on children:

  • Double the risk of cot death (sudden infant death syndrome)
  • Your child is more likely to develop asthma and have more frequent and severe asthma attacks
  • Other breathing problems, for example bronchiolitis, chest infections and wheeze
  • Ear infections
  • More viral infections
  • Meningitis
  • They are more likely to start smoking themselves

Smoking kills 1 in 2: Don’t be the 1

You could also save at least £2,750 a year by quitting a 20 cigarette a day habit!

How to Quit

Refer yourself to a free stop smoking service for support. They can offer face-to-face and telephone support, and access to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and other medicine.

Wakefield: Yorkshire SmokeFree Service

Calderdale: Yorkshire Smokefree Service

Kirklees: Kirklees Wellness Service

Bradford: Living Well

Craven: Living Well Smokefree

Leeds: One You Leeds

National Smoking Helpline:

Make a Pledge

Breathe 2025 want to see the next generation of children born and raised in a place free from tobacco, where smoking is unusual.

This guidance has been reviewed and adapted by healthcare professionals across West Yorkshire with consent from the Hampshire development groups.