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Lawmakers Diligently Aiming to Pass Laws Preventing Smoking In Cars With Children

Jaclyn Hughes

By 2017 it’s still hard to imagine that cigarette smoking still exists with all the knowledge that has been provided about how dangerous it is, but nevertheless, the habit is alive and happening all over the globe.

Those opposed to smoking have done everything in their power to make it difficult on smokers to get by day to day, with most public places now being smoke free businesses, and you can longer smoke around hospitals, schools, or in public transportation vehicles. The mere cost of cigarettes has gone up quite a hike as well over the past few years, making it an expensive habit in addition to the health challenges it can cause. While the number of smokers is going down, there remains to be one element of smoking that people want to see changed permanently; and that is not permitting adults to smoke in cars where little ones are passengers.

Back in the 1970’s-1990’s it was all too common to see parents picking their kids up from school, or sports practices smoking in their cars as if it was not a health risk. As research continues to prove otherwise, lawmakers are seeking a massive change to make this stop once and for all. The facts that come along with smoking in cars with children are pretty alarming. Researchers have been reporting that many kids who have parents that smoke freely in their homes and cars are more likely to smoke as adults. Some smokers feel if they have a window cracked or open that the child isn’t in any danger, but this isn’t the case. They are still in hailing second hand smoke, which has been proven to have terrible reactions in their bodies.

Late last year, Schenectady city passed their own law about this very subject, making it illegal to smoke in cars where the passengers were under the age of 16 years old. Another one in Chautauqua county is seeking their law to prohibit smoking in cars with children under the age of 6.

Ocean Times reported that the trouble some areas are finding is outlining how these laws will be able to be enforced. Lawmakers are asking the Board of Health to advocate this for them by passing a law that simply prohibits smoking in cars with children in them entirely, making this habit less likely to impact thousands of children for years to come.

(Photo credit to Smokers News)

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