CDC study: One in five adolescents ride in cars with others smoking

The AP reports that according to a study conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in the journal Pediatrics, “more than one in five high school students and middle schoolers ride in cars while others are smoking.”

“This kind of secondhand smoke exposure has been linked with breathing problems and allergy symptoms, and more restrictions are needed to prevent it, the report says.”

Noting the decline in secondhand smoke, MedPage Today reports, “Between 2000 and 2009, the number of adolescents overall who reported riding in cars with someone smoking fell from 48.1% to 29.8%,” and “the percentage of nonsmoking teens exposed to secondhand smoke in cars decreased from 39% to 22.8%, which was a 71.1% change.”

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3 Responses to CDC study: One in five adolescents ride in cars with others smoking

  1. LaBetha Casey says:

    Don’t know if you saw this in your research, but the State of LA where I live has banned smokers from smoking in a car in which a child under 12 is riding. That doesn’t mean it always is the case, however, but hopefully it stops some children from being subjected to second-hand smoke.

  2. Had not heard this. And, Barb and I are from Baton Rouge, no less!

  3. LaBetha Casey says:

    It is also unlawful to smoke inside any restaurant in LA for which I am very grateful. When I travel to another state I get a rude awakening when I visit restaurants there. Maybe other states will follow our lead.

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