Prevention

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Success!
Thanks to your grassroots efforts, the American Lung Association in Oregon led the fight in the 2013 Legislative Session to protect children from secondhand smoke in cars. Effective January 1, 2014 in Oregon, smoking in a motor vehicle with any youth under the age of 18 present is a secondary traffic violation.


Learn more about the purpose of the law and where to find help to quit smoking:
Smokefree Cars for Kids Fact Sheet (English) (Spanish)
Smokefree Cars for Kids - Frequently Asked Questions (English) (Spanish)

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Smoking in a vehicle is extremely hazardous to passengers. Smoking in a small, confined space increases the concentration of secondhand smoke, to the point where the poor air quality exceeds the EPA's "hazardous" level.

View Smoke-free Cars with Kids: A Scientific Demonstration of Secondhand Smoke Exposure to see how toxic the air inside a vehicle becomes when someone is smoking.

Secondhand Smoke & Kids
Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke. Studies have shown that children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to suffer from respiratory infections like bronchitis and pneumonia, ear infections, worsened asthma symptoms and attacks, and even an increased risk of SIDS.


Here is what Oregonians have to say about secondhand smoke and cars: 

• 83% of Oregon adults say that smoking is never allowed in their cars
• 41% of smokers say that smoking is never allowed in their cars
• 46% of smokers with children under the age of 18 say that smoking is never allowed in their car
• 90% of Oregonians feel that people should be protected from secondhand smoke

Successes

With the passing of Senate Bill 444-A, Oregon becomes the sixth state in the country to pass legislation prohibiting smoking in motor vehicles with minors. Numerous states, counties and cities have adopted Smokefree Cars policies, including the states of: Maine, California, Arkansas, Louisiana and Utah.

Smokefree car policies prohibit passengers from smoking in cars when minors are present, offer support to tobacco users wanting to quit, and reinforce healthy lifestyle choices for both adults and kids alike!

Resources:

Take our Smokefree Cars and Home Pledge!
Please print the pledge and post in a visible place at home or work.

EPA - Information on Smokefree Homes & Cars

Americans for Non-Smokers' Rights 

Public Health Law Center

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids Fact Sheet
(Updated 2012)

 


 

Smokefree Parks & Other Outdoor Areas      

The American Lung Association in Oregon supports smokefree parks and other outdoor areas throughout the state. Smokefree park policies protect people from secondhand smoke, support tobacco users who would like to quit, and reinforce healthy lifestyles for kids. Read a local Case for Smokefree Outdoor Areas.

Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke have higher rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, respiratory infections and asthma attacks. Secondhand smoke is deadly, even when it’s outdoors. In Oregon alone, secondhand smoke causes 800 deaths per year.

Encourage your city to go smoke free by writing a letter to your city commissioner or contacting your city parks and recreation agency. Protect Oregon’s children by supporting smoke-free parks!

Read more about how secondhand smoke harms children:

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Fact Sheet

Resources

View a complete list of all municipalities in the United States that have passed smokefree parks laws.

Read about common myths concerning tobacco-free recreation areas.

Why you shouldn’t light up in parks – Oregonian article