Is there anything more disgusting than pulling up next to a driver smoking in their vehicle? Ick. But unfortunately, yes... Seeing someone smoking -- with a carseat in the car.
The Prevent Cancer Foundation's social media post today brought up a great topic which my followers immediately engaged in: Should the U.S. ban smoking in cars with children nationwide? Intrigued by their post, and the attention it received when I shared, on the England and Wales in the U.K. banning smoking while driving anyone under the age of 18 inspired me to do a bit more research. In the United States, only two states ban smoking while driving minors under the age of 18: California and Oregon. Four other states and Puerto Rico have various laws ranging from banning smoking with passengers under 6 to under 15 - but there is no national criteria.
Second hand smoke kills. According to the CDC, tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals and since 1964, approximately 2,500,000 people have died from second hand smoke.
In children, second hand smoke increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), ear infections, pneumonia, bronchitis and other respiratory infections, severity of asthma attacks and a whole host of other diseases- including cancer.