Smoking Cessation

Give a voice to the back seat:  Don’t Smoke in Cars with Kids!

Don't smoke in cars with kidsResearch shows that when someone is smoking in a car, the air quality decreases substantially. Secondhand smoke levels in motor vehicles can be up to 27 times greater than in a smoker’s home! Learn how bad smoking in a car really is…Click here.

Smoking is banned in all vehicles, moving or parked, when youth are present.

Smokers can be fined up to $100 for smoking in vehicles when a child under the age of 18 is present. Follow the law – don’t smoke in cars with kids, cigarettes or e-cigarettes!

  • Children are especially susceptible to secondhand smoke.  Components of secondhand smoke can settle or be absorbed into carpets, walls, and furnishings, and can be re-emitted weeks or even months later.
  • 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 infections, such as pneumonia and bronchitis.
  • Susceptible populations, especially young children may absorb nicotine by inhalation, ingestion or skin contact.  [Cancer Epidemiology and Biomarkers Prevention December 2009]
  • Children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to become smokers themselves.

Pregnant?
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?  Call 800-NO BUTTS for free counseling, visit their website, or download the app.  Also, call Mono County Public Health for information on smoking cessation resources, including a free Quit Smoking Kit – 760.924.1830. For more information, please contact Nancy Mahannah, Mono County Health Promotion Division Manager, 760-924-4621, or nmahannah@mono.ca.gov.

Other Resources:
Tobacco Free California
Tobacco Free Kids
American Lung Association of California

Don't Smoke Bear