You’ll be doing your children, family/whānau and friends a big favour when you quit.
It’s not only you being harmed by smoking. Secondhand smoke kills around 350 New Zealanders every year. Secondhand smoke contains the same poisonous chemicals that you breathe into your body when you smoke.
Children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to develop asthma. They are also more likely to develop coughs, colds and ear infections. Even if you don’t smoke around your baby or children, the poisonous chemicals from tobacco will stay in your clothes and can still do them harm.
Children and teenagers whose parents or caregivers smoke are seven times more likely to become smokers themselves. You’ll be setting them a great example by quitting. Plus, you’re likely to live longer to enjoy your family and friends.