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Safety Checklist - Really important, maybe even lifesaving, information

  • We do not wish to scare your child(ren) or tell them that cigarettes/tobacco products are completely bad. Parents, family and others known to them may smoke and we need to be aware of this. The aim is to make your child(ren) aware of the risks in an informative and factual way without scaring them.
  • We want to make your child(ren) aware that the use of cigarettes/tobacco products should really be an adult activity.
  • We are aware that there are over 5 million deaths worldwide each year from smoking related causes. If you don't smoke, you can't die from a smoking related cause and that's a fact.
  • We also know that smokers get illness that affects the way their heart, lungs and other very important organs work. If you don't smoke, you can't get smoking related illnesses and that's a fact.
  • Make sure you point out to the child you are reading the story to, that they should only put things in their mouth that are given to them by an adult they can trust.
  • Make sure that everyone in your home works together to think safely, make sure they all know about the messages in this story. Make sure older children are aware of tobacco and the risks it creates, to protect themselves and to look out for younger children they may play with or help you to keep an eye on.

And please make sure your child(ren) knows and understands this one very important thing…

  • Remember to tell your child(ren) that if they are ever worried or have done something that might be dangerous then they should tell you straight away - it could save their life.
  • You might get cross with them later on but you would help them straight away if something bad had happened.
  • 'I love you and want to keep you safe' is the message you want them to remember!