Health chief’s smoke free call

Dr Arif Rajpura, director of public health for Blackpool
Dr Arif Rajpura, director of public health for Blackpool
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Blackpool’s health chief is calling on parents in the resort to protect their children from cigarette smoke.

Director of Public Health in Blackpool, Arif Rajpura, is urging people to support a call for legislation to protect children from secondhand smoke in cars.

The matter is due to be debated in the House of Lords as part of the Children and Families Bill.

Mr Rajpura said: “Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, 60 of which we know cause cancer.

Hundreds of children suffering the effects of second-hand smoke are admitted to hospital every year with complications such as bronchitis, asthma and reduced lung function.

“We want to highlight this issue with parents in our communities and give local people a chance to have their say.”

He is supporting the Tobacco Free Futures organisation in asking residents to contact their local MP urging them to take action and support a new legislation.

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