The Cook County Department of Public Health is launching a new ad campaign aimed at getting people to quit smoking.

The ads depict children who are exposed to second-hand smoke. They note that when adults smoke around kids, it’s as if the kids themselves were smoking. Many of the ads show photos of kids with the words “I wish I could stop smoking.”

Dr. Terry Mason is chief operating officer of the public health department.

Mason says smokers need to hear the message that if they smoke around their kids, the child will have inhaled more than 100 packs of cigarettes by the time he or she turns five years old.

Mason says second-hand smoke also can trigger asthma attacks, cause respiratory problems and increase incidences of ear infections.

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