Parents in Wales are to be targeted in a new campaign launched today (Thursday, 24 October) to stop babies and children being harmed by passive smoking.
The Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association has been invited to join forces with the National Assembly of Wales
government, the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Nursing in a campaign to curb passive smoking.
The CPHVA’s Professional Officer for Wales, Ann Owen said: ‘We welcome this important initiative by the Assembly.
Health visitors and school nurses are in key positions to help parents become more aware of the dangers of passive smoking –
health visitors see families in the home and school nurses can raise the profile of the campaign with school children.’
‘The World Health Organisation has identified passive smoking in the home as a source of chronic respiratory diseases in children
and this has serious consequences in later life.’
The initiative features striking new posters and lealfets as well training courses to give health visitors and midwives the skills
and confidence to help parents to stop smoking.
Ann Owen said: "Health visitors are the key public health practitioners. This is a huge public health issue for us in Wales.
Using the NHS resources effectively will achieve the aim of the Welsh government in improving children’s health.’
The campaign was launched by June Hutt, the Health and Social Services minister at the National of Assembly of Wales in Cardiff today (24 October).