What do you think about smoking in cars?

icon-feedbackAlmost 3,000 Warwickshire children visited their doctor in the last year suffering from the serious effects of breathing in second-hand smoke.

According to research by the Royal College of Physicians more than 80 per cent of second-hand smoke is invisible, and contains 4,000 chemicals including harmful cancer-causing toxins and poisons.

Chair of Smokefree Warwickshire Partnership, Cllr Angela Warner, said: “It’s well known that smoking kills, but many smokers still don’t realise the damage their smoke causes to those around them.

“In babies and young children, exposure to second-hand smoke increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear infections, meningitis and asthma.

“Our message is clear: protect your children by only smoking outside of the home and car. Giving up smoking is by far the best way to protect your family and we can help you quit to give you and your loved ones a healthier future.”

In a bid to find out what local people thought of smoking in cars we took to the streets of Warwick and asked for views:

A recent survey of nearly 700 parents conducted this summer revealed that:
· 68% of parents who smoke admit to doing so in the car with their children present
· 75% of smoking parents were shocked to hear that secondhand smoke affects the health of so many children

Research on smoking with children in cars, undertaken by the Warwickshire based Tobacco Control Collaborating Centre, concluded that smoking in cars produces concentrations of particulates that could be classified as unhealthy, even when windows are open or the ventilation system is on.

Dr John Linnane, Warwickshire County Council Director of Public Health, said: “The evidence is clear. Smoking around children is harmful, especially in homes and cars, so it’s vital they are protected from the dangers of second-hand smoke.”

In Warwickshire there is a free Stop Smoking Service for people wishing to quit.

For help and advice on stopping smoking call 0800 0852917, text LIFE to 80800 or visit www.smokefreewarwickshire.org

What do you think about smoking in cars? Please let us know your views and start a conversation below.

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3 Responses to What do you think about smoking in cars?

  1. Iain C. Purvis says:

    I think that smoking in cars should be made illegal for a number of reasons. Obviously, second hand smoke is bad for the children (and other passengers), but there is also the “due care and attention” side to it. If one is stopped by the police for (say) eating a mars bar or similar snack, you can be done for driving without due care and attention, but how much more distracting would it be if the lighted dottle from a cigarette were to drop into the driver’s lap than a piece of chocolate or a few pastry crumbs? Personally, I cannot for the life of me understand why, with all the health facts and figures freely available, anyone would subject themselves to the poison gasses and other nasty substances that they inhale from these pernicious weeds.

  2. Eric Lawley says:

    Smoking is equally if not more dangerous as using a mobile phone whilst driving and should be banned at all times.

  3. Thank you for your comments. What do others think about what’s been said?

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