Bill to Protect Kids From Secondhand Smoke Heads to Pritzker’s Desk
Lung Association comments on proposed law to restrict smoking in cars with kids
(June 1, 2019) - SPRINGFIELD, Ill.
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Today, the Illinois State Senate passed House Bill 2276, which prohibits smoking in vehicles with anyone under the age of 18. The bill, which is sponsored by Senator Julie Morrison and State Representative Jonathan Carroll, will now head to Governor J.B. Pritzker’s desk for a signature.
“Thank you to our state senators and representatives for passing a law that will directly impact the health of our children, because there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke,” said Kathy Drea with the American Lung Association. “Children’s lungs are smaller, which makes them more sensitive to secondhand smoke. In fact, children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, ear problems and more severe asthma. They also get sick more often, have more bronchitis, more pneumonia and need more operations to put drainage tubes in their ears than children who are not exposed to secondhand smoke.
“HB 2276 will help provide protection for children who typically cannot protect themselves in these types of situations.”
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