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British study finds drivers’ smoking give passengers high levels of secondhand smoke (Consumer Reports Health)

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news article from Consumer Reports Health reviews a study conducted by British researchers which found that even with windows open or air conditioning on, air pollution levels exceeded the World Health Organizations recommended guldelines for secondhand smoke exposure.

The study, which has been released online by the journal Tobacco Control and is to be printed in a later edition, concluded:

PM2.5 concentrations in cars where smoking takes place are high and greatly exceed international indoor air quality guidance values. Children exposed to these levels of fine particulate are likely to suffer ill-health effects. There are increasing numbers of countries legislating against smoking in cars and such measures may be appropriate to prevent the exposure of children to these high levels of secondhand smoke.

Read GASP’s white paper about smoking in vehicles when children are present.