A recent report from the BBC has shown that smoking in a car will provide over 3 times the accepted level of second hand toxic smoke to the back seats, even with the window open.
It is particularly important as children and babies are usually in the back seat, and these are the most vulnerable group of people to second hand smoke.
This is because they breath faster and have an under-developed immune system, meaning the damage is much more severe than with adults.
Children exposed to second hand smoke often suffer from the following ailments:
- Weakened immune system
- Ear infection
And a higher rate of ‘Sudden infant death syndrome’ has been recorded with children exposed to second hand smoke.
that second hand smoke is extremely bad for children, even if you are driving with the windows open. It is my personal opinion that if you have children, you should try and quit smoking all together for their health and your own. However, if you wish to continue to smoke with children, smoking in the car with the window open will not protect them. The only time it will be safe to smoke around children is outside, and away from the children. Full information on the BBC report can be seen here