Study led by MGHfC investigator Jonathan Winickoff, MD, MPH, finds that children of parents who smoke are often exposed to tobacco in their parent's cars.
Children held captive in smoky vehicles
Research highlights need for smoke-free car laws, public health campaigns to protect youngsters from toxins
It is absolutely unacceptable to subject children to any tobacco smoke exposure in cars, according to the authors of an abstract to be presented May 1 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Denver.
"An infant strapped into a car seat is involuntarily and intensely exposed to more than 400 toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke," said abstract co-author Jonathan P. Winickoff, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP. "They have no voice and no choice in whether their parents smoke in the car."
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