Key points

  • Tobacco smoke contains dangerous chemicals and can cause serious health problems.
  • The chemicals in tobacco smoke can be breathed in by anyone around a smoker.
  • Quitting smoking has benefits, regardless of age or the length of time a person has smoked.
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Effects of smoking

In the 20th century, approximately 100 million people died world-wide from tobacco-associated diseases. The World Cancer Report 2003 World Health Organisation.

Tobacco smoke contains dangerous chemicals such as tar, carbon monoxide and nicotine. They all cause serious health problems such as:


Impact on people around smokers

There are about 4,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke and it can be breathed in by anyone around a smoker. This is called passive smoking.


Quitting smoking has a lot of benefitsand it doesn't matter how old you are or how long you've been smoking.

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Doing it by the book

As a parent it's only natural to want to help your child, but when it comes to homework and study, the completed work should be theirs.

Here are some important points to remember to ensure your child is following good practice for a lifetime of learning.