Make Your Car Smokefree - English - HE1803-ENG

April 2023
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Leaflet on keeping your car smokefree and and not exposing passengers, especially children, to the risk of second-hand smoke, or to the negative example of smoking. Describes the risks of second-hand smoke, which can increase the likelihood of chest infections and contains many poisons known to cause cancer.

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April 2023
April 2023
Pamphlet A5
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To limit childrenʼs exposure to second-hand smoke, from 28 November 2021 it became illegal to smoke in a vehicle when there are children under the age of 18 present.

Smoking in the car is harmful to your children because:

  • They will be exposed to second-hand smoke and children who breathe in second-hand smoke are more likely to develop illnesses such as chest infections, glue ear and asthma.
  • Young people who have friends/family/whānau who smoke are more likely to become smokers.

Second-hand smoke in your car

Second-hand smoke is a mix of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette plus the smoke blown into the air by the person smoking. It contains more than 200 poisons, some of which can cause cancer.

  • Winding the window down will not remove all of the poisons.
  • The poisons will linger long after the smoke and smell have disappeared.
  • Children are often not able to move away from second-hand smoke in a car.

Easy steps to making your car smokefree

  • Make a rule – your car is smokefree at all times for everyone.
  • Clean out your car ashtray.
  • Remove the car cigarette lighter.
  • Let other people know – put a Smokefree sticker on your car window.
  • Ask your family and whānau to support you by not smoking in your car.

Be a positive role model and donʻt smoke around children at any time. Theyʻll be less likely to become smokers.


Code: HE1803