Happy Father’s Day to Hampshire Dads (and expectant fathers)!
If you’re going to be a Dad (or you already are) giving up smoking is the best thing you can do to protect the health of your family.
For fathers to-be: Although your baby may seem little more than a bump right now, creating a smoke-free environment around your pregnant partner can help reduce the risk of birth defects, miscarriage and premature birth. When you smoke around your partner, she is exposed to the dangerous chemicals in the smoke you exhale. By quitting smoking you will be putting your new family’s health first. It will also make it much easier for a pregnant partner to stop smoking herself with your support.
If you are already a Dad, congratulations on doing a great job! It’s not easy being a role model and superhero all the time. A great way to give your children the best start in life is to show them how to cope with life’s stresses and strains without smoking. Children who have parents who smoke are twice as likely to grow up to be smokers themselves, so by giving up the habit you’ll be teaching them some valuable skills. Smoking around children increases the risk of many childhood illnesses, including glue ear. It can also make other conditions, such as asthma, much worse. Some simple steps to make your home smoke-free can help, but of course quitting smoking is the best possible way to protect their health and wellbeing.
Quit4Life are here to help you. We offer a bespoke smoking in pregnancy service to support families who want to quit before their little one arrives. We can also advise on how to develop a smoke-free home.
We offer free, impartial NHS help and advice without judgement. You’re four times more likely to succeed in quitting with help from a specialist stop-smoking service, such as Quit4Life. We can provide medication to stop you smoking, as well as offering friendly support along the way.
Save money and protect the health of you and your family – for life – with help from Quit4Life.
Feeling inspired to start your smoke-free future?
Phone: 0845 602 4663 or 01252 335120