Harmful Secondhand Smoke in Cars Affects Kids

February 8, 2012

Secondhand smoke can lead to serious health problems. One in 5 middle school and high school students are exposed to secondhand smoke in cars according to government researchers.

Many public places have laws against smoking in public, such as bars and schools. However, research has shown that secondhand smoke from inside cars can be just as dangerous if not more dangerous than smoke-filled public places. Even if the car window is open, exposure to secondhand smoke has been linked to breathing problems and allergy symptoms.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges parents to ban smoking in their homes and cars.

Read the full USA Today article.

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