As reported by the Associated Press on November 7, 2005: Rep. John Moolenaar will formally introduce proposed legislation on November 8 that would allow police officers to pull over and issue a civil infraction citation to drivers who are smoking with a person under the age of 18 in the car.
Information on Rep. Moolenaar’s website links to recent studies that show that secondhand smoke causes lung cancer in adult nonsmokers and impairs the respiratory health of children.
According to studies done by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an estimated 150,000 to 300,000 children under 18 months of age get pneumonia or bronchitis every year from breathing secondhand tobacco smoke. For more information, see Setting the Record Straight: Secondhand Smoke is a Preventable Health Risk on the www.tobacco.org website.
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