Prohibit smoking in cars while minors are present
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Prohibit smoking in cars while minors are present

    1. Bonnie Olswanger
    2. Petition by

      Bonnie Olswanger

      Eagle, ID

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This is a petition calling on the Boise City Council and the Mayor of Boise to prohibit smoking in vehicles while minors (under the age of 16) are present.

People should have the choice to smoke or not. But when it has a direct effect on others, it's no longer an individual decision. The City of Boise Smoke-Free Air Initiative recently included two new ordinances which prohibit smoking in many public places such as bars, patios, city parks, the greenbelt, etc. The concentration of secondhand smoke in a car can exceed the concentration in a home or in a bar by 10 to 100 times and children along for the ride are not able to escape it. Kids have no choice. If we're going to protect adults from secondhand smoke, let's protect minors, too.

The effects of secondhand smoke have been proven to be even more toxic to children/minors than to adults, increasing their risk of asthma attacks, ear infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, and SIDS. Containing over 50 cancer-causing chemicals, secondhand smoke in children has been linked to the onset of heart disease and lung cancer in adulthood.

The government has an obligation to ensure that children are in safe and healthful environments. The WHO's constitution states that "the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being..." Children who are being forced to endure these high-levels of secondhand smoke without a choice are not given this basic right. 

It's time to give them a voice and keep Boise a safe and healthy place for all of our kids

Sources:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/119248-dangers-smoking-cars-children/#ixzz1lrT6wJCV

http://www.no-smoke.org/document.php?id=215

http://www.publichealthlawcenter.org/sites/default/files/resources/phlc-policybrief-kidscarssmoke-2010_0.pdf

http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/Mayor/Smoke-Free/page67476.aspx

 

 

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    • Edgardo Vila JOHNSON CITY, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      Cigarettes contain 4,000 cancer causing ingredients.

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    • Linda Gilkerson MINDEN, NV
      • about 2 years ago

      Tobacco related illness kills 1200 people a day. How can putting smoke into your body be good. Let's save our children from toxic second hand smoke!!

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    • Debra Newman STACY, MN
      • about 2 years ago

      Wish to see this throughout USA...no child should have to smoke because parents do.

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    • Jason Wright BOISE, ID
      • about 2 years ago

      I have been trying to start this petition my self, and even wrote a letter to the governor. I am tired of seeing little children forced to suffer because the parents dont care about the health of themselves or their children.

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    • Mariah Wright BOISE, ID
      • about 2 years ago

      Parents who smoke in the car with their children need to understand how horrible it is for the health of those children. They don't have the choice to not fall victim to second hand smoke. Someone needs to care about those children because obviously their parents don't.

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