Choose smoke-free autos

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Make the choice to keep your vehicles smoke-free for your health and your family’s health. A smokefree vehicle ensures that you and those who ride with you have better lung health, are sick less often and protected from dangerous secondhand smoke.

Secondhand smoke is the mixture of tobacco smoke, breathed out by the person smoking, and the smoke that comes off of the burning end of the cigarette. Secondhand smoke is listed as a carcinogen along with arsenic and asbestos. Secondhand smoke is dangerous because it contains over 7,000 chemicals, of which 250 are known to be poisonous and more than 69 are known to cause cancer.

The truth is, that after half of a cigarette has been smoked in a vehicle, the air quality in the vehicle can be 10 times over the limit that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers hazardous. Research shows that opening a vehicle window does not protect anyone in the auto from dangerous levels of secondhand smoke. In fact, secondhand smoke in a vehicle can be up to 27 times more concentrated because it’s such a small space.

 

 

 

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