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A baby can’t tell Mom to put out her cigarette while he’s captive in the car.That’s why the Tennessee Medical Association is working to make it illegal to smoke while young children are in the car, whether the windows are down or not.

Some parents say they’d welcome the limits for those who don’t realize the health risks to their young ones, while others see the potential ticket as an unwelcome government intrusion.There are four states, including Louisiana and Arkansas, with some type of law against smoking while children are passengers in the car, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Another 14 states introduced legislation last year related to the topic.If the draft legislation makes it to a vote in Tennessee, officers would not be able to pull someone over on suspicion they were smoking but would be able to issue a fine if smoking is detected during a traffic stop, according to Miller.Bonnie Dalager, the Brentwood mother of a 4-year-old, is not a smoker.

But in my eyes, it is a matter of government crossing the line with this one. »Dalager would rather see parents get more education about what smoking inside a confined space could do to their children’s health.And what it can do is contribute to long-term health problems or acute illnesses, said Todd Callahan, assistant professor of pediatrics at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. »There is a lot of data, both nationally and internationally, that indicates there’s really no safe level of secondhand smoke for children or adults, » Callahan said.Smoke exposure has been linked to increases in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, respiratory infections, ear infections and asthma, Callahan said.

Source: http://www.dnj.com/article/20090112/NEWS01/901120313

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