Should Smoking in Cars With Kids be Banned?

by Jenny Novac on September 2, 2013

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A new study reveals that 82% of adults in the USA do support smoking ban in cars when in them are presented kids younger than 13. The survey also found that 87% of adults support smoking ban at businesses that permit kids, and 75% support smoking bans in places where there are kids with asthma or other lung diseases.

The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health found that smokers also support the idea that kids should be protected from secondhand smoke: 60% of them would support a smoking ban in cars carrying kids. As to former smokers, 84% of them and 87% of those who never smoked support the ban,

However, inspite of strong support from the American society, laws which ban smoking in cars when children are present were introduced only in next 7 American states: Oregon, Illinois,  Arkansas, Utah, Maine, California, Louisiana. Smoke puts at a real risk child’s health whose lungs are still developing, but is especially dangerous for children with asthma where the lungs are extremely fragile to exposure to secondhand smoke.

Davis, an associate professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and associate professor of public policy at the university’s School of Public Policy says that though in past 50 years the number of smokers was significantly reduced, secondhand smoke still remains a health risk.

Besides seven states mentioned above, there are four states (New York, Indiana, Hawaii, New Jersey) with counties and cities that prohibit smoking cigarettes in cars where kids are present.  Due to high persentage of public support for laws banning smoking in cars with children, it is necessary to consider adopting such laws in more American states. In the USA, 40 of 50 states currently have laws which prohibit smoking in public places. However, there are no laws which prohibit smoking in homes where kids have asthma or other lung diseases.

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