Cigarettes must be sold in plain packaging and it is illegal to sell single cigarettes to anyone, adult or child.
It is now illegal to smoke in a car carrying one or more passengers under the age of 18. Cars are very confined spaces and the effects of second hand smoke are felt very heavily by passengers, even if the windows are down. This law protects young people from the harm of second hand smoke. If a person smokes in car where there is a passenger under the age of 18 the person smoking (if they are over 18) and the driver can be fined. More information can be found at here.
The younger someone starts smoking, the more damage their body will suffer when they get older. Here are seven reasons to quit and eight ways to help you do it.
If a young person you are supporting decides to stop smoking you should support them to speak to someone they trust to get their support, this could be a friend, family member, teacher or school nurse.
It is better to stop straight away than to leave it for another month. Things like nicotine patches or gums can help to fight the addiction and can be bought from most pharmacies but they should not be used without talking to a pharmacist first to make sure you are old enough and can use them properly.
There is a young people’s stop smoking team that works in certain secondary schools in North Lincolnshire. The schools are:
• Fred Gough
• The Axholme Academy
• South Axholme Academy
• Outwood Academy Foxhills
If a child you are supporting goes to one of these schools then they can get support to quit. Alternatively if they attend a different school, their school nurses or GP can help support them to quit.
If you are supporting a child aged 16+, or if you, or another adult would like to quit, you can get professional support to quit smoking from the local stop smoking service. Smokefree Life North Lincolnshire provides excellent flexible support, free of charge, through one to one appointment or by telephone.
www.smokefreelifenorthlincolnshire.co.uk 01724 642014
People who quit with support from families and friends will be more successful, we would encourage groups to quit together to give mutual support. One of the biggest problems that young smokers who want to quit face is going home to a heavily smoking family.