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  • Passive smoking means breathing in other people’s tobacco smoke.
  • Passive smoking increases the risk of respiratory illnesses in children, including asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia.
  • If you live with someone who smokes, you have a higher risk of diseases such as lung cancer, heart disease and stroke.
  • Stopping smoking will not only make you healthier, but will also improve the health of your partner, children or other household members.
  • If you are not ready to stop, making your home and car totally smoke-free is the next best way to protect your family from second-hand smoke.
  • In Victoria, it is illegal to smoke in cars carrying people under 18 years of age.

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Reviewed on: 24-08-2021