Think before you light up

South Holland District Council is encouraging people to think before they light up a cigarette - but we need your help to spread the word.

Big CigWe're launching a new campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of secondhand smoke, 12 months after we introduced a smoke free code warning of smoking near children.

Our new campaign is aimed at encouraging smokers to consider the health risks of others before lighting up.

For example, did you know that secondhand smoke leads to an increased risk of strokes and heart disease, as well as ear and respiratory infections, particularly in children?

It can also result in breathing problems in infants, children and adults.

As part of the campaign, internet users will be encouraged to support an online 'Thunderclap' through our Facebook and Twitter accounts. It's quick, easy and free - all you have to do is visit https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/65618-think-before-you-light-up or access our Facebook, Twitter accounts and click on the link.

Councillor Anthony Casson, South Holland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Public Protection, said: "Pledging your support will only take a few seconds of your time. Go to our Facebook or Twitter account, follow the link and press the 'support with Facebook/Twitter' button on the Thunderclap page. It's totally free of charge and you do not give any personal details away.

"We are committed to developing safer and healthier communities and I'm confident that this campaign will help raise awareness about a serious health issue."

Once you've signed up to the Thunderclap campaign, Thunderclap will automatically publish a message supporting the campaign on your Facebook and Twitter profiles at 12pm on January 8 2018.

The campaign will also see posters and flyers distributed across the district.