Smoking in cars infographic

  1. 430,000 children ages 11-15 are exposed to second-hand smoking in the family car each week. Source: Data sources for prevalence stats: Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England (2012). Table 2.12 shows the frequency of exposure to second-hand smoke in the last year, by age, for all pupils, excluding those who stated ‘don’t know’. Six per cent of pupils aged between 11 and 15 said that they were exposed to second-hand smoke in their family car every day or most days. An additional eight per cent of pupils aged between 11 and 15 said that they were exposed to second-hand smoke in their family car once or twice a week. Applying these data to Office for National Statistics Mid-2012 Population Estimates for England data on the overall population size for children aged 11-15, provides the figures of children who are exposed to second-hand smoke in their family cars most days and at least once a week.
  2. 11x smoke filled pub. Source: Sendzik, Fong, Travers, Hyland, An experimental investigation of tobacco smoke pollution in cars, Nicotine Tob Res, 2009; 11(6):627-34
  3. £23.3m in a (£9.7 primary care visits in UK and 13.5m hospital admissions in UK). Source: RCP report: Passive smoking and children: A report by the Tobacco Advisory Group. Royal College of Physicians, 2010. P.129-132 http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/passive-smoking-and-children.pdf
  4. 40 cot deaths a year. Source: RCP report: Passive smoking and children: A report by the Tobacco Advisory Group. Royal College of Physicians, 2010. P.115 http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/passive-smoking-and-children.pdf
  5. Second-hand smoking in children can increase the risk of illnesses such as asthma…. Source: RCP report: Passive smoking and children: A report by the Tobacco Advisory Group. Royal College of Physicians, 2010. P.111 http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/passive-smoking-and-children.pdf
  6. 300k GP consultations, 165k new episodes of disease, 9.5k hospital admissions every year caused by children’s exposure to SHS. Source: RCP report: Passive smoking and children: A report by the Tobacco Advisory Group. Royal College of Physicians, 2010. P.112 http://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/sites/default/files/documents/passive-smoking-and-children.pdf
  7. Over 80% of cigarette smoke is invisible. Source: http://www.resourcesorg.co.uk/assets/pdfs/Smokefree%20Homes%20and%20Cars_A5leaflet.pdf 2012
  8. 4,000 chemicals, 70 cancer causing chemicals, Radioactive Pulonium-201. Source: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/healthyliving/smokingandtobacco/whatsinacigarette/smoking-and-cancer-whats-in-a-cigarette and WHO.  ttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs339/en/
  9. 80% of public (65% of smokers) support a ban. Source: ASH/YouGov survey, 2012
  10. 86% of children support a ban. Source: BLF/ TNS survey of more than 1,000 children aged 8-15, conducted 20-27 January 2011
  11. Particulate matters: WHO Guidelines PM2.5: 10 μg/m3 annual mean - 25 μg/m3 24-hour mean and PM10: 20 μg/m3 annual