Health & Wellbeing Service - Manchester

Smokefree Cars campaign launched across Greater Manchester


A new campaign has been launched to encourage people to keep their cars Smokefree to protect children and young people from breathing in the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.

The online campaign features a short film which stars actors Neil Fitzmaurice (from Peep Show) and Jazmine Franks (from Hollyoaks) and highlights the fears many young people face in speaking up about parents and other adults smoking in the car while they’re present.

Secondhand smoke is a combination of smoke that comes off the end of a burning cigarette (sidestream smoke) and the smoke exhaled by the person who smokes, which is then inhaled by somebody not actively smoking a cigarette – also known as passive smoking.

Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, 69 of which are carcinogenic (see notes) and the concentration of toxins in ‘side stream’ smoke is four times more than mainstream smoke. Secondhand smoke in enclosed spaces is extremely toxic for everyone but children and young people – who mostly don’t have a choice about whether they are exposed – are most vulnerable. (see notes)

The campaign is a joint partnership between the British Lung Foundation (BLF) and Tobacco Free Futures.

The BLF has been campaigning for a law to protect children and young people in cars for many years. They produced two short films to help raise awareness and encourage people to write to their local MP in support of Smokefree cars.

Tobacco Free Futures film uses local actors to highlight the concerns of young people in the North West.

You can view the films here:


  • Cancer Research. Tobacco: What’s in a cigarette?
  • Schick, S. and Glantz, S. (2005). Philip Morris toxicological experiments with fresh sidestream smoke: more toxic than mainstream smoke. Tobacco Control, 14 (6), 396-404.