New Zealand: Children Need Protection from Smoking in Cars

Smoking in Cars

Recently was published a new study in a leading international journal which found that exposure of young people to secondhand smoke in cars in New Zealand still is high, especially among Pacific people, Māori and vunerable layers of society whose parents smoke.  The research was published online in the latest edition of the international journal Tobacco Control

The researchers used surveys of more than 25,000 school students over a period from 2006 to 2012. Thus ASPIRE2025 researchers discovered that while exposure levels went down slightly in that time, 23 percent of kids said they were exposured to secondhand smoke in the previous week.

56% of kids reported exposure to secondhand smoke on three or more days.  ASPIRE2025 Co-Director, Professor Richard Edwards says that marked differences in exposure to secondhand smoke by socio-economic position and ethnicity did not lower.

The slow descending trend and persisting differencies are out of keeping with New Zealand’s aim of absolute protection of kids from exposure to secondhand smoke and smoking.

Professor Edwards says that smoking in cars is a very important subject because secondhand smoke is dangerous to kids. He also says that secondhand smoke exposure in cars is connected with exposure to more frequent smoking and even initiation.  Edwards thinks that Government should introduce smoke-free laws that prohibit smoking in cars in presence of children.

Many countries in the world who adopted these laws achieved great results in reduction of exposure to secondhand smoke. However, Edwards considers that  New Zealand needs specific smoke-free laws to ban smoking in cars, that should go in hand with other major structural changes that lower tobacco supply and demand.

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