Has my child got asthma?

10) Smoking

Cigarette smoke is harmful to you and your child.

If your child has asthma their airways are irritated by exposure to smoke making their asthma worse.

You should make sure your house and car are smoke free at all times.

There is no safe level of smoking in the home. Smoking outside with a window open still allows smoke particles in to your home. It will also be present on your clothes and furniture.

Your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist can help you quit. People who get support are far more likely to stop successfully.

If you smoke when you are pregnant you could harm yourself and your baby. Avoid second hand smoke from others.

If you suspect your child may be smoking see the topic on Smoking and risky behaviour.