Children plea for parents to stop smoking

In collaboration with the Press Association

Almost half of children whose mothers are smokers have asked their parent to quit, a new survey has found.

Many children are aware of the risks of smoking and are concerned that their mother's health could suffer.

And two thirds of mothers also felt guilty about the amount of money they spent on cigarettes, as they felt it could be spent more profitably on their children.

The survey, reported by the BBC, was carried out by tickbox.net to raise awareness about No Smoking Day. Professor Alex Markham, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, said: "Smoking significantly reduces life expectancy, and kills many thousands of people in middle age every year.

"Everyone knows that giving up smoking is tough. But the health benefits for you and the people around you make it well worthwhile. Seeking support and stopping smoking immediately improves your health, and over the long term reduces the risk of dying prematurely.

"With the country on the verge of going smokefree, we hope this year a record breaking number of smokers will use No Smoking Day as a golden opportunity to give up for good."

One in five smokers plan to try to stop smoking when smokefree legislation comes into effect this summer.

The 1.2 billion adults who smoke across the globe expose around 700 million children, about half the children in the world, to tobacco smoke. And most of this exposure takes place in the home. Quitting with support increases the chances of giving up for good. The NHS offers a range of services including counselling and therapy sessions and nicotine patches to people who want to give up smoking.