Editorial: Don't smoke and drive with kids

Editorial: Don't smoke and drive with kids

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - As some of us get ready for what could be a long drive to grandma's house for Thanksgiving.  Consider the following. An acquaintance described something he witnessed recently.  He saw a lady driving with three kids, two in car seats and one in the middle.  As she was driving she was smoking away on a cigarette.  He noted the windows were down, but come on.  This woman goes to the trouble to protect her kids by putting them in car seats but then proceeds to provide them with nicotine pollution.

There should be a law preventing smoking in a vehicle with children passengers.  Obviously, it is not a concern of many in this country as only nine states and Puerto Rico have smoke free car laws.  Frankly, I could care less if one wants to smoke in their car alone or with those who are like-minded, but children need not be exposed to this.

The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation reports that 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 with the windows down. Naveed Saleh, M.D.  writer for Psychology today.com, states smoking in the closed environment of a car seriously pollutes the interior with nicotine and other smoke pollutants.  Such nicotine pollution constitutes 3rd hand exposure…. these pollutants linger for days, weeks or months.

If those who smoke while driving goes to the trouble to put their kids in a car seat, why would they endanger their children with second and third-hand nicotine pollution?

So, if you love your kids, why not delay smoking that cigarette in the car so you can enjoy a healthy and Happy Thanksgiving while on the road to grandma's house.

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