Make it federally illegal to smoke while children are present and subject to second hand

Make it federally illegal to smoke while children are present and subject to second hand

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I want to make it federally illegal to subject children to secondhand smoke and have it considered child abuse for parents to smoke around their children. Children are unable to escape from situations where they are around smoke and cannot remove themselves from that said situation. Secondhand smoke can effect children's health in multiple ways. Secondhand smoke causes numerous health problems in infants and children, including more frequent and severe asthma attacks, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Smoking during pregnancy results in more than 1,000 infant deaths annually. The U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, “The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Secondhand Smoke,” has concluded that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and that, on average, children are exposed to more secondhand smoke than adults. Children are significantly affected by secondhand smoke. Children’s bodies are still developing, and exposure to the poisons in secondhand smoke puts them at risk of severe respiratory diseases and can hinder the growth of their lungs. It is our job as parents to protect these children and to keep them out of harm's way, physicallyand emotionally. Far too many children suffer from second hand smoke. As Americans we have the right to choose what we do, but where we do those things should be regulated as children cannot express themselves fully. It's not their choice to be put into that situation, its our choice to put them into that situation. Please do what's right before more children have to deal with these complications. 

Thank you for your help in protecting our children and the America's future. 

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