Published: 16/04/2014 14:07 - Updated: 16/04/2014 14:14

Second-hand smoke revealed in Elgin

cigarettesSMOKERS will be able to see the invisible chemicals from second-hand smoke lingering in a room where there appears to be none, as a national tour visits Elgin tomorrow (Thursday).

Designed to drive home the realities of the harm caused by second-hand smoke, shoppers at the St Giles Shopping Centre will be invited to step into a living room which looks completely smoke-free, but then fills with computer-generated chemicals when viewed through a tablet.   

Through the screen, they will also be able to see the harmful effects these chemicals can have on children’s lung health as the second-hand smoke lingers.

The tour will use the technology to drive home the fact that harmful chemicals from second-hand smoke can linger for five hours after the visible smoke has disappeared, in a bid to get people to take smoking right outside of the home. 

Scotland recently became the first country in the world to set a target of reducing the proportion of children in Scotland exposed to second-hand smoke in the home from 12 per cent to six per cent by 2020. 

The augmented-reality technology used in the tour, a first for the Scottish Government, will also be made available to second-hand smoke advisors across Scotland as part of the national effort to reduce the number of children who are exposed to second-hand smoke in the home.

Advisers will be on hand to speak to parents and grandparents, highlighting that smoking at the back door or an open window isn’t enough to protect their family, as the harmful chemicals drift back into the home and move from room to room long after the cigarette has been put out.

Derek Petrie, Tobacco Co-ordinator, NHS Grampian said: "It’s great to see the national road show arriving in Grampian. The second-hand smoke campaign is imaginative, novel and really targets a section of the community that we must reach to meet the Scottish Government’s target for reducing the number of children exposed to second-hand smoke in cars and homes.

“This will lead to a genuine improvement in the health of the population. Colleagues in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray Community Health Partnerships have also done excellent development work through Smoke Free Homes pilot projects. We look forward to consolidating that work in collaboration with the national campaign throughout 2014.”

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