Since Fall of 2011, we’ve been working on introducing a policy that would prohibit smoking in a vehicle when a minor is present. We are working with the Maui County Council at this time to move forward on this policy.
Top 5 reasons to pass this policy:
1. Secondhand Smoke In Cars is 10 Times More Concentrated Than the Level Considered Unhealthy by the EPA
2. Particle Exposure from Cigarette Smoke in a Closed Car Equals Exposure a Firefighter Might Receive Over Four to Eight Hours Fighting a California Wildfire
3. One Smoker Emits 50x More Fine Particles Into A Car Than Those Emitted Per-Mile By A Car’s Tailpipe
4. The Concentration of Secondhand Smoke in Cars Can Exceed That in Homes and Bars by 10-100x
5. More Than 4,000 Chemical Compounds Are Found In Secondhand Smoke
Children exposed to secondhand smoke (SHS) have increased risk of: Sudden and Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS), ear infections, including fluid build-up, more frequent and more severe asthma attacks, which can endanger their lives, and can cause upper and lower respiratory infections.
Children exposed to SHS also have a slowed lung growth, resulting in a reduction in lung function. SHS also causes damage to a child’s cognitive functions due to SHS altering the activity of the central nervous system. This results in direct medical costs from exposures to SHS in U.S. children exceeding $700 million per year!
In a recent poll (2016), 83% of Maui County residents support a law on Smoke-Free cars when minors are present. Of this 83%, 71% Strongly Agree that a policy is needed.
“Smoking in cars endangers the health of our keikis and may have a negative longterm effect on their health as adults. We need a policy that will protect our minors who have no voice in this health issue!”
-Anna Mayeda | Community Manager for American Cancer Society