Since 2006, several communities, four states, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have enacted laws to prevent smoking in cars when children are present.
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.
Because a law, by itself, is unlikely to eliminate secondhand smoke exposure in cars, we recommend that any smokefree car campaign be accompanied by a strong education effort, stressing the health hazards of smoke-filled vehicles. Campaigns for smokefree car laws can serve as a tool to educate the public about the health hazards of secondhand smoke exposure and improve decision making about smoking in ways that harm other people.
U.S. State / Commonwealth
Persons < than age 6 and under 60 pounds in a child safety seat. Effective
|California||Persons < age 18||01/01/2008|
|Louisiana||Persons < age 13||08/15/2006|
|Maine||Persons < age 16||09/01/2008|
|Oregon||Persons < age 18. The Legislature enacted SB444, which prohibits smoking in any motor vehicle in which a child under age 18 is a passenger. Enacted 6/11/2013 as Chapter 361 2013 Laws.||01/01/2014|
|Puerto Rico||Persons < age 13||03/02/2007|
|Utah||Persons < age 16||07/01/2014|
|Vermont||Persons aged 8 and under||07/01/2014|
|Virginia||Persons < age 8||07/01/2016|
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Billboards and print advertisements will start appearing this weekend to remind drivers and smokers of new government regulations aimed at protecting children from tobacco smoke.
The new laws come into effect on July 1.
"The advertisements will hammer home the message that from July 1, drivers and smokers will be banned from smoking in cars when a child or passenger under the age of 16 is present," Minister assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) Jodi McKay said in a statement on Saturday.
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The law is aimed at protecting kids from the dangers of
secondhand smoke. ...
Experimental Investigation of Tobacco Smoke Pollution in Cars
INTRODUCTION: Tobacco smoke pollution (TSP) has been identified as a serious public health threat. Although the number of jurisdictions that prohibit smoking in public places has increased rapidly, just a few successful attempts have been made to pass similar laws prohibiting smoking in cars, where the cabin space may contribute to concentrated exposure. In particular, TSP constitutes a potentially serious health hazard to children because of prolonged exposure and their small size. METHODS: The present study investigated the levels of TSP in 18 cars via the measurement of fine respirable particles (<2.5 microns in diameter or PM(2.5)) under a variety of in vivo conditions. Car owners smoked a single cigarette in their cars in each of five controlled air-sampling conditions. Each condition varied on movement of the car, presence of air conditioning, open windows, and combinations of these airflow influences. RESULTS: Smoking just a single cigarette in a car generated extremely high average levels of PM(2.5): more than 3,800 mug/m(3) in the condition with the least airflow (motionless car, windows closed). In moderate ventilation conditions (air conditioning or having the smoking driver hold the cigarette next to a half-open window), the average levels of PM(2.5) were reduced but still at significantly high levels (air conditioning = 844 mug/m(3); holding cigarette next to a half-open window = 223 mug/m(3)). DISCUSSION: This study demonstrates that TSP in cars reaches unhealthy levels, even under realistic ventilation conditions, lending support to efforts occurring across a growing number of jurisdictions to educate people and prohibit smoking in cars in the presence of children.
harmed by smoke in cars
Irish doctors claim they have found evidence that exposure to "second-hand smoke" in cars is damaging children's health.
Their study isolated the effects of passive smoking in cars and found it gives rise to significant respiratory symptoms in children. Those exposed to cigarette smoke had a 35% increased risk of having wheeze symptoms and a 30% higher risk of hay fever.
"This paper is the first to isolate exposure in cars as distinct from the children smoking themselves and from exposure at home," said Luke Clancy, the director general of the Research Institute for a Tobacco Free Society, and one of the study's authors.
"We find second-hand smoke in cars does give rise to significant symptoms in these children. People say they're only going down the road to school and 'how do we know that it's actually doing any harm?'. This says, 'yes it is'."
Clancy, a respiratory consultant, claims the findings support calls for a ban on smoking in cars similar to the workplace ban.
hand smoke exposure in cars and respiratory health effects in children
may ban smoking in cars with children present
MONTREAL - The Quebec government is considering banning smoking in cars when children under age 16 are present, an aide to Quebec Health Minister Yves Bolduc says.
Marie-Eve Bedard said Tuesday that Bolduc is ``particularly favourable'' to such a measure, which wouldn't take effect until May 2010, by which time the current anti-tobacco law is to have been reviewed and updated.
Bolduc is meeting with public health officials this week to review the anti- tobacco law and its application before deciding what new measures might be added, she said.
``This is a tool that is being used in other provinces,''
she said. ``It's a question of seeing how this would be applied, since
the car is considered a private space. It might require changes to legislation,
but if we can improve the health of people we'll do it. That's the aim
of the anti-tobacco law.''
banning smoking in cars carrying children passes House
SALEM Oregon could become the fifth state in the nation where smoking in a car with children on board could result in a traffic ticket.
The House on Wednesday passed House Bill 2385, which creates the offense of smoking in a motor vehicle with a person under age 17 also in the vehicle. Those convicted a first time could be fined up to $90. Second-time offenders could be fined up to $180, and someone cited a third time could be hit with a fine of up to $360.
The bill passed on a largely partisan vote, 35-25, with most Democrats backing it and most Republicans in opposition. Lane County representatives followed party lines. ...
Vote on Smoking Ban
Smokers are banned from lighting up in many public places but they'll be able to continue to smoking in their vehicles...
The North Dakota House voted to defeat a bill to ban smoking in cars when children under the age of 16 are in the vehicle.
It would have been a $50 fine.
Fines For Drivers Smoking With Kids In The Car
For now, there will be no fines for Tennessee drivers smoking with children in the car, as two proposals with that aim failed in Nashville.
One bill was withdrawn from consideration in the House General Subcommittee of Agriculture on Wednesday, and the other failed for lack of a motion.
to ban smoking in cars with kids
FREDERICTON - The provincial government is going to pass a law making it illegal to smoke in vehicles carrying children, the Times & Transcript has learned.
Health Minister Mike Murphy confirmed he will make an announcement this afternoon to outline legislation that would ban New Brunswickers from smoking in cars with children under the age of 16.
"Secondary smoke has been proven as a cause of illness amongst children and adults," said Murphy.
The ban will also promote public awareness of the dangers of smoking, said Murphy.
The provincial government doesn't plan to hire anyone to
enforce the ban, he said, adding it's simply another ticketable offence
that peace officers will oversee.
Co. bans smoking in car with kids
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. The Monroe County commissioners have approved an expansion of the countys smoking ban to prohibit smoking in vehicles carrying children.
Commissioners voted 2-1 in favor of the ban at a meeting today, one day after the countys Board of Health unanimously recommended the move.
The ordinance will carry a fine of $100 for a person caught
smoking in a vehicle carrying a child age 13 or younger. Police officers
would not be able to stop a car just to enforce the ordinance.
for smoke ban in cars containing children
The ACT Government will push to ban smoking in cars where children are present after it received strong support from the community.
ACT Health received 48 submissions in relation to managing
smoking in cars where children under 16 are present, with three-quarters
of respondents supporting a ban. ...
House Kills Ban on Smoking in Car With Kids
The New Hampshire House rejected a ban on smoking in the car with kids because it is a violation of the adults' civil liberties.
Critics of the bill also said not smoking around children is common sense and should not be legislated.
But supporters argued the safety of children and their civil rights trump the rights of adults.
County could ban smoking in cars with kids
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Monroe County Board of Health is considering a proposal to prohibit smoking in vehicles carrying children.
The board will hold a public forum Thursday in Bloomington and county commissioners will consider the proposal on Friday.
House to vote on smoking ban in cars with kids
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire legislators will debate a proposed ban on smoking in cars with young passengers this week.
The bill's critics say the state shouldn't infringe on the adult drivers' use of their private property. They say not smoking around children is common sense but should not be legislated.
Supporters of the bill say keeping children safe and protecting their civil rights trumps the rights of drivers. They say children have no defense against second-hand smoke in confined places.
introduced for second hand smoking in cars
The BC government has set $109, as the fine, for those caught smoking in vehicles with children under the age of 16.
That's the same as the province's booster seat fine and, failure to pay, will result in a refusal to issue, both a driver's licence and auto insurance.
The new regulations are set to go into effect on April 7th, which is World Health Day. Healthy Living and Sport Minister Mary Polak says, "Any level of second hand smoke has harmful effect on a child's health and, it's important for the government to help them get the best and healthiest start in life".
want to fine drivers who smoke with kids in car
in cars with kids illegal, under bill
Motorists who light up in the car with passengers 10 and under would be subject to a fine of up to $100, according tot a bill that passed a Senate Committee Wednesday.
The bill, which passed the Senate last year and died in the House, would allow law enforcement to pose a fine when there is clear evidence a someone has been smoking in a car with young children.
The bill's chief sponsor, Sen. Darrell Jackson, D-Richland, said the bill is intended to protect children from second-hand smoke.
The bill is still expected to have opposition in the House.
Some members who helped kill the bill last year saw it as a slippery slope
that would begin to ban smoking in private venues.
on Smoking with a Child in the Car Gets Second Wind
Legislators narrowly approved a bill yesterday to prohibit adults from smoking in a car if a child seven or younger is inside, after voting against it on Friday. Bill Sponsor Jay Seegmiller said after the bill failed last week, he worked hard to convince House Transportation Committee members of its merits, but it was their constituents that swayed legislators to reconsider the proposal. However, a representative from the Utah Eagle Forum, Michelle Seegmiller, argued the bill is not the way to solve the underlying problem.
"A person's home is private property, a car is private property, we see some enforcement issues with this bill. There are many ways that you can educate the public on this issue and you can allow people to regulate themselves," Seegmiller said.
Ban Expansion Passes NM Senate
California, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Maine are four states in the nation that have outlawed smoking in cars with kids.
Now, Minnesota and New Mexico might join them.
The New Mexico state Senate voted to pass a bill that would expand the states smoking ban to cars, if kids are present.
Smoking is bad it can kill you, said Desert Hills Elementary School student Jordan Olivas.
As kids get into the car after school, the last thing they want to worry about is dying of second hand smoke. Olivas said he has never had to deal with it.
Nuh uh, but I wouldn't like to, he said.
Members of the New Mexico Legislature hope that kids don't
have to worry about it too. The Senate just passed a bill that would expand
New Mexico's smoking ban from public enclosed spaces to cars that have
ban may expand to vehicles
Smoking a cigarette in a car when children are along for the ride may soon be illegal in New Mexico.
A bill that would expand New Mexico's indoor smoking ban is now half-way to becoming law.
The fines would be the same as they are for businesses that let people smoke inside, starting at $100 and topping off at $300 for repeat offenders.
The well-known dangers of second-hand smoke propelled the bill through the Senate after a lively debate...
Smoking, cars and kids
Lawmaking gets a bad rap, and we all know of a bill that seems to be a fix in search of a problem. But the act of discussing and debating an idea can educate the public on a subject that hasn't fully taken hold.
We hope the attempt to ban smoking in cars where children
are riding falls into the category of 'legislation-as-education.'' The
bill is to have its first hearing today in a committee of the Minnesota
Getting parents and caretakers to stop smoking when young lungs are present is an important goal, and we support it. We think this law, as written, would have the effect of driving home the message without nailing drivers with a lot of tickets and fines. We admit that it raises equally good questions about the reach of government into our private lives. . . .
Many of us who would accept a no-smoking-with-kids rule for the car would be nervous about a similar law for the home. At some point, legislation must give way to education. We think this bill could do both -- protect those vulnerable breathers strapped into the back seats and stimulate the widest possible public discussion about the dangers of exposing growing lungs to secondhand smoke anywhere.
bill would ban smoking in cars with minors
A lawmaker wants Arkansas to ban smoking in any car that has a passenger younger than 18.
Rep. Fred Allen, D-Little Rock, on Tuesday proposed expanding a state law that bans smoking in cars that have a child who is less than six years old, weighs less than 60 pounds and is in a car seat.
The smoking restriction passed in an April 2006 special
session that was primarily devoted to education funding, though the Legislature
also passed a workplace smoking ban then. California, Maine and Louisiana
have passed similar laws.
Senate OKs Bill Barring Smoking With Kids In Car
People who smoke with a minor in the car would face a $100 fine under a bill passed by the Senate. The Senate voted 30-10 Tuesday in favor of Sen. Ralph Northam's bill.
Senate Bans Smoking in Car With Children
lawmakers consider smoking ban in cars
A proposed law would carry a $90 fine for the first offense and a $360 penalty the third time an adult is caught blowing smoke in a vehicle with anyone younger than 17 in the front or back seat.
The proposed law got its first public hearing Friday as legislators, physicians and public health officials agreed the state must protect children's health.
ban on smoking in cars with kids takes effect
A new Ontario law comes into effect Wednesday that makes it illegal to smoke in a motor vehicle in the presence of a child under age 16.
The Smoke-Free Ontario Act applies to drivers and passengers and to both moving and stationary vehicle, regardless of whether windows, sunroofs or doors are open.
The Ministry of Health says violations carry fines of up to $250 and will be enforced by police.
"This new law will protect children and youth, who are more vulnerable to the effects of second-hand smoke," said Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, medical officer of health for the City of Hamilton.
bills on the floor for Thursday
in vehicles puts childrens health at risk
could ban smoking in cars with children
A member of the Tobacco Advisory Board of Pierce County, Leonard Sanderson, told The Olympian the proposal would make it a secondary offense, meaning smoking drivers could be ticketed if they were pulled over for another offense, such as speeding.
Four other states have outlawed smoking in cars with children:
California, Arkansas, Louisiana and Maine. A similar bill died in last
year's session of the Washington Legislature.
smoking-in-vehicles law starts today
Maine today joins other states and Canadian provinces that have made it illegal to smoke in a car while children are present. But for the first year the law is in effect, violators will only get warnings.
A law passed by the Legislature earlier this year outlaws smoking in cars while youths under 16 are present. It's modeled after a tougher Bangor ordinance. California, Arkansas and Louisiana have passed similar laws, as have Puerto Rico and some Canadian provinces. Other states have also looked at the proposal.
When he signed Maine's bill into law in April, Gov. John Baldacci hailed the legislation as a strike against secondhand smoke, saying that tobacco use costs too many lives and too much money.
smoking in cars to the test
California demonstration promotes the state's new ban on tobacco use in cars with minors.
Smoking a cigarette in a car makes the air inside 10 to 30 times more toxic than the air outdoors on one of Southern California's most polluted days.
On Thursday, state officials put on a live demonstration of that health hazard to promote a new law that bans smoking in cars carrying minors.
Neil Klepeis, a Stanford University environmental health scientist, attached sensors to the dashboard of a 1999 Toyota Corolla parked on the lot of the Hollywood United Methodist Church. He attached additional sensors to a child safety seat in the back.
researchers measure secondhand smoke concentrations in automobiles
It's Labor Day weekend and you have packed the family into the car for the two-hour drive to grandma's house. Because of the heat, you crank the AC and keep the windows closed. The problem is you are a smoker and after just two cigarettes you will have exposed your spouse and kids to particulates at a level well above government safety standards. That's the bottom-line finding of measurements recently published by engineering researchers at Stanford University.
"This is the most comprehensive set of measurements ever made of vehicle air change rates and smoke particulate levels in real driving conditions," says Neil Klepeis, a consulting professor of civil and environmental engineering (CEE) at Stanford. Klepeis co-authored the study published online July 18 in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. "Conditions in a car with a smoker can vary widely, but in some situations we can confirm that passengers will receive an exposure to secondhand smoke that is considered unhealthful."
Co-author Wayne Ott, also a CEE consulting professor who worked for decades as a scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), noted that legislation banning smoking in cars with children present passed in Arkansas last year and has been considered in seven other states. ..
City Bans Smoking in Cars with Children
Bangor is banning smoking in cars if children are present, and Ms. Henderson, 24, is accustomed to having a cigarette when her boyfriend's 7-year-old daughter is in the back seat.
She is just the kind of person City Council members had in mind when they passed the ordinance, which has delighted some and angered others and prompted complaints about invasion of privacy and even threats to boycott the city, Maine's second-largest. The ordinance, which takes effect on Jan. 19, allows the police to stop cars if an adult is smoking while a child under 18 is a passenger. The smoker can be fined $50.
"I've heard people say it's the smoke police or the Gestapo," said Mayor Richard D. Greene, a pack-a-day smoker who says he shields his two children from his cigarette fumes. "I think it boils down to common sense: smoking is not good for you. Certainly if you have young children who are in the process of developing and growing, it's even worse for them. You wouldn't say, 'Hey, here's a bottle of mercury. Go bob it around.' "
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