Ban Smoking in Privately-Owned Vehicles with Minors Present for the State of Indiana

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When I was young, I grew up in a home where both of my parents smoked in the car. You can compare this to being stuck in traffic, behind a car that is releasing heavy exhaust fumes.

In both cases, you are helpless. 

Secondhand smoke is dangerous and contains at least 70 toxic chemicals that cause cancer according to the National Cancer Institute. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that secondhand smoke causes nearly 34,000 premature deaths from heart disease each year in the U.S. alone. The American Lung Association discovered that secondhand smoke is responsible for 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections in infants and 430 sudden death syndrome cases each year. Currently, Indiana has a statewide smoke-free air law that was passed in July of 2012. However, it only prohibits smoking in a government owned vehicles, not privately owned. Currently Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Maine, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia all have some variation of a law banning smoking in privately owned vehicles with a minor.

Why not Indiana?

Secondhand smoke is dangerous and the current laws and regulations are not enough. We need to motivate our senators and representatives to create a law that protects minors from the dangers of secondhand smoking in vehicles.  

Every child deserves the right to clean air. 

National Cancer Institute

Public Health Law Center

American Lung Association



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