ADULTS can decide for themselves whether or not they want to smoke.

In pubs, restaurants, buses, trains and cinemas – all places where smoking was once commonplace – people are protected from the potentially harmful effects of second-hand smoke.

The only people who are not at liberty to escape the smoke of others is children in the home or car of their parents.

No-one is suggesting a ban in smoking in the home but parents are being encouraged not to if they have children.

The research in today’s report shows the types of illness and health conditions linked to second-hand smoke in children, and it is a concern.

Glasgow has done a lot recently to reduce smoking rates and progress has been made but rates still remain higher than in other places.

The Evening Times Glas-goals and Clear the Air campaigns in partnership with the health board inspired many to stub it out.

Smoking cessation services are available and quitting with the support of the NHS and with a group has shown to be successful for many people.

The reason many people want to quit is to set an example to their children or grandchildren.

Smoking in the home where children breathe in the harmful particles four hours later is obviously putting them at risk.

For their sake – take it outside.