The dangers of children being exposed to smoking are well documented, but less attention is directed toward the challenge children face when they try to change others’ smoking behaviour.
NHS Dudley’s Stop Smoking Team identified that children faced huge challenges if they wanted to be in a smokefree environment. Having worked with children in the area, the team understood that children found it challenging to confront people who smoke around them and to create smokefree environments outside of school. Children appreciated the challenges smokers faced in terms of giving up, and wanted to maintain good relationships with family and friends who were smokers.
NHS Dudley recognised there was a need to work with children to develop a project that would help children to develop strategies to minimse their exposure to smoke. By developing a project which would fit into the Personal Health and Social Education (PHSE) curriculum, Dudley Stop Smoking Team including Shakila Jamil Qureshi (Smokefree Homes - Project Lead), Yvonne Hermon (Smoking in Pregnancy lead for NHS Dudley) and Kate Gant (praXis arts and health network) began exploring how they could work more closely with children to support them to develop strategies for reducing the level of smoke they were exposed to, whilst also enabling them to maintain good relationships with their friends and families.
Click here to read more about the project, the resource and the project team.