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I would first like to start out by saying I am not a smoker, never have been never will be.  I also want to inform you that I grew up with 2 parents that were very heavy smokers, which, by the way, both passed away from emphysema.  It is because of this fact that I grew up locked in cars with not one, but 2 heavy smokers. So I know firsthand what that can and most likely do to your passengers in your car.  I am not going to preach about why you should not smoke in the first place. I believe you live under a rock if you don’t already know how it will most likely kill you. I could tell you firsthand how it will kill you and how awful your end will be, but again I am not here to preach to the evil of smoking itself.  No! I am here to inform you that you are killing your passengers or at least setting them up for a life full of possible issues due to second hand smoke. I can’t tell you how hard it is for me not to scream at the person driving around in their car smoking with a child in the backseat.  Why would you do that? How can someone care so little for their own children by exposing them to these death sticks?

 

Right now there are no laws on the books for New York. There are smoking bans in cars with children in Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, and Maryland with Connecticut looking into it.  I can’t understand why there would be any hesitation to ban smoking in the car with a child for all states. You can’t smoke in a restaurants, planes, busses, office buildings, schools, public parks and ball parks (and that’s outside), then why is there even a question to ban this in cars with kids???? You can compound the problem when it is combined with the fumes from just driving in a car

 

This is from the Americans for non-smokers’ rights:

When someone smokes in the small enclosed space of a car, people are exposed to toxic air that is many times higher than what the EPA considers hazardous air quality, even when a window is down. Additionally, the gaseous and particulate components of tobacco smoke absorb into the upholstery and other surfaces inside a car, and then off-gas back into the air over the course of many days, exposing passengers to toxins long after anyone actually smoked in the car

Check out this video link on just how bad it can get in the car for second hand smoke.

http://vimeo.com/1513382

Ladies and Gentlemen it will change one day but why do we need a law now when

Eighty-two percent of American adults support banning smoking in cars when children younger than 13 are in the vehicle, according to a new survey. (HealthDay News)

Please use common sense, don’t smoke, but if you’re not bright enough to know how bad it is for you in the first place save your child’s life from possible health issues growing up and give them a break.  Let them breath, let them live, let them survive.