Thanks to the initiative of our Kirklees adviser Joy, a new ‘smoke-free home’ discharge policy has been introduced for parents of ill children in the local paediatric ward.
The policy encourages parents to make their home smoke-free for the health of their children. When a child is admitted to the ward all parents are asked if they smoke; when the child is later discharged, the parents that smoke are given a resource pack with information on how they can make their homes smoke-free.
If the parents decide they do want to quit, they are directed to Yorkshire Smokefree to help them get all the support they need to stop for good. We found that parents who made their homes smoke-free are more likely to try quitting than those who didn’t.
This work has also resulted in a new poster display in the family waiting room which highlights the dangers of second-hand smoke. Here any visitors to the ward can pick up either a pack on making their homes smoke-free or information on quitting with Yorkshire Smokefree.
We’re really impressed with Joy’s work with the ward and are sure this will make a big impact in the long run.
Here’s to making more homes smoke-free!