May 8, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Tips for keeping your whare and car smokefree

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Respect the smokefree kaupapa of others and support their choice to protect whanau, by not smoking in the car or whare.

The latest statistics from the New Zealand Health Survey (2012/13) shows that around 4% of non-smoking adults and 6% of children are exposed to second-hand smoke in the home.

Maori children were three times more likely to be exposed to second-hand smoke than non-Maori children.

There is strong evidence that there is no risk-free level of exposure to second-hand smoke and children often do not have the choice to move away from smoke and are more vulnerable to its effects.

Children need to beprotected from second-hand smoke as much as possible as itcan cause:

  • middle ear infections (including glue ear)
  • lower respiratory illnesses (including croup, bronchitis and pneumonia)
  • the onset of asthma and worsening of asthmatic symptoms
  • reduced lung growth
  • sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI also known as SIDS or cot death)
  • meningococcal disease
  • and may effect a childs learning development and behaviour.

Exposure to second-hand smoke during pregnancy can reduce foetal growth and other complications.

Nine out of 10 people agree that smoking in cars should be banned when children are in them and overseas many countries are taking steps to make this a thing of the past.

You can protect your tamariki from second-hand smoke – check out these easy tips:

  • Make a rule – your car and home are smokefree at all times for everyone.
  • Ask your family and whanau to support you by not smoking in your car or home.
  • Remove ashtrays from your home.
  • Remove lighters from the house and the car.

Be a positive role model and don’t smoke around children. This means they are less likely to grow up to be smokers themselves. The more normal kids see smoking as, the more likely they will take it up.

The Health Promotion Agency (HPA) has produced a series of television commercials urging people not expose others to second-hand smoke, especially children.

The TV commericals feature Pio Terei, a well-known Maori comedian and celebrity, playing a variety of roles Nanny, Bogan, and Koro delivering key messages on how to make homes and cars smokefree.

See more info and view the adshere.

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