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Study supports need for smokefree vehicles to protect children (Science Daily)

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study published November 2012 in Tobacco Control found that the mean level of secondhand smoke exposure to children riding in cars with smokers is larger than concentrations measured in bars and restaurants, areas designated as non-smoking in most states. The authors calculate that spending even a short amount of time inside a car with a smoker will make a significant difference to a child’s level of harmful pollutants. The news article headlined “Just 10 minutes spent in the back seat of a car with a smoker in the front, boosts a child’s daily exposure to harmful pollutants by up to 30%”. The study supports restricting secondhand smoke exposure in vehicles, especially when carrying children. Read a news article about the study.

Read more studies about protecting children from the harmful health consequences of secondhand smoke.