According to the public health chief, smoking should be banned in all new council houses in a proposal to protect the health of the children and teenagers. Smoke-free housing would be the next major task to reduce the harmful effects of passive smoking. Residents of the council house will be asked to sign an agreement regarding not to light up a cigarette inside their home. Prof. John Middleton said, “Some councils and housing associations have already looked for smoke-free housing idea especially where people are involved.” Smoking was banned in all the vehicles carrying children in 2015.
They have decided to make the agreement charitable rather than compulsory. Passive or second-hand smoking has harmful effects on children’s lungs causing asthma, bacterial meningitis, respiratory infections and could increase the risk of cot deaths in babies. The majority of exposure to second-hand smoke occurs in the home, according to Cancer Research. The voluntary agreement does not say that you should avoid smoking rather you should smoke outside. Smoking is banned in many other countries.
In the US, federal law is being passed that ban smoking in public areas. This law will come into effect in August 2018. New York has the largest public housing agency in the country where 400,000 people will be asked to sign the agreement. After the law is being passed no-one will be allowed to smoke within the 25 feet of the house premises. In 2007, smoking in public places like restaurants and bars was banned in England.
After passing the law in England, Prof. Linda Bauld from the University of Stirling and the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies concluded saying, “There had been benefits for health as well as changes in attitudes and behavior, with more people looking to cut down on or quit smoking.” In the UK, around 300,000 children visit the general practitioner every year because of the effects of second-hand smoke and 9,500 visits the hospitals.