Give a voice to the back seat: Don’t Smoke in Cars with Kids!
Smoking is banned in all vehicles, moving or parked, when youth are present.
Follow the law – don’t smoke in cars with kids, cigarettes or e-cigarettes!
- Smokers can be fined up to $100 for smoking in vehicles when a child under the age of 18 present.
- Children who breathe secondhand smoke on a regular basis are at a higher risk for middle ear infections.
- Exposure to secondhand smoke can cause asthma in children who have never previously shown any symptoms.
- Babies and children younger than age 6 who are exposed to secondhand smoke regularly are more likely to get respiratory track infections, such as pneumonia and bronchitis.
- Secondhand smoke levels in motor vehicles can be up to 27 times greater than in a smoker’s home!
Children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to become smokers themselves. Keep your kids healthy and follow the law – don’t light up when you’re driving with kids in a car.
Learn how bad smoking in a car really is….. Click here.
If you smoke while pregnant, your baby smokes too – and the effects are harmful. Smoking robs your baby of oxygen. Poisons pass through the placenta. Smoking – or being exposed to secondhand smoke – while pregnant can increase the chances of a miscarriage or having a baby with low birth-weight.
Ready to Quit? Help is available!
Call Mono County Health Department for information on smoking cessation resources, including a free Quit Smoking Kit – 760.924.1830.
Smoke Free Zones: Because we care about kids!
Children are especially susceptible to secondhand smoke. Components of second- hand smoke can settle or be absorbed:
> into carpets, walls, and furnishings, and
> can be re-emitted weeks or even months later.
Susceptible populations, especially young children may absorb nicotine by inhalation, ingestion or skin contact. [Cancer Epidemiology and Biomarkers Prevention December 2009]
For more information, please contact Nancy Mahannah, Mono County Health Promotion Division Manager, 760-924-4621, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
California Smokers’ Helpline Call the California Smokers Helpline at 800-NO BUTTS to get free phone counseling at a time convenient for you.
Tobacco Free California
Tobacco Free Kids
American Lung Association of California