Dalkeith smoking tour aims to stub out passive smoking

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Smokers 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 Dalkeith this Friday (May 2).

Designed to drive home the realities of the harm caused by second-hand smoke, shoppers at Tesco 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.

As 85 per cent of second-hand smoke is invisible and has no smell, it creates a hidden danger most people don’t even consider.

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.