There are only seven states — Arkansas, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Oregon and Utah — that ban smoking in vehicles carrying children. Yet, a new poll conducted by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital finds that a majority of Americans believe that such bans that limit childhood exposure to second-hand smoke are a good idea:
Eighty-two percent of American adults support banning smoking in cars when children younger than 13 are in the vehicle, according to a new survey.
The poll also found that 87 percent of adults support a ban on smoking at businesses that allow children, and 75 percent support banning smoking in homes where there are children with asthma or other lung diseases.
So who would possibly think it’s acceptable for kids to be exposed to toxic smoke? According to Robert Preidt, the majority would be smokers:
60 percent of current smokers would support a ban on smoking in cars carrying children, compared with 84 percent of former smokers and 87 percent of people who never smoked.
For the “Don’t Tread on Me” folks who don’t believe laws and regulations should be passed to protect public health, don’t hold your breath waiting for smokers to do the right thing and not smoke around kids. Then again, maybe you should hold your breath.
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