Adverts warn over second-hand smoke
The Government has launched an advertising campaign on the "hidden dangers" of second-hand smoke to young children.
New TV and radio adverts in England will show that smoking by a window or the back door does not protect youngsters from harmful effects.
According to figures from the Royal College of Physicians, millions of children in the UK are exposed to second-hand smoke that puts them at increased risk of lung disease, meningitis and cot death.
Second-hand smoking results in more than 300,000 GP visits among children every year, 9,500 hospital visits and costs the NHS more than £23.6 million annually.
A survey of 1,000 children aged eight to 13 whose parents are smokers was released to support the campaign.
It found 98% wished their parents would stop smoking, 82% wished their parents would not smoke in front of them at home and 78% wished they would not smoke in the car.
Meanwhile, 41% said cigarette smoke made them feel ill while 42% said it made them cough.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: "We all know smoking kills but not enough people realise the serious effect that second-hand smoke can have on the health of others, particularly children.
"This campaign will raise awareness of this danger and encourage people to take action to protect others from second-hand smoke. This is just one part of our wider strategy on tobacco. We need to do more."
Dr Charles Godden, consultant paediatrician at the Royal Surrey Hospital, said: "I see children every week with conditions which are made worse by second-hand smoke. Most parents would be horrified to know that even a short car journey where an adult has been smoking would result in breakdown products of nicotine in their child's urine."