Myths, facts and conditional truths: What is the evidence on the risks associated with smoking in cars carrying children?

Pawson, Ray; Wong, Geoff; Owen, Lesley
July 2011
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;7/12/2011, Vol. 183 Issue 10, pE680
Academic Journal
The article examines the evidence regarding the risks and danger to children exposed to second-hand smoke. It reveals that second-hand smoke creates a mixture of chemicals which are dangerous to health, however concentration of chemicals in vehicles varies under different conditions of volume, speed, and ventilation. It also notes that the prevalence of smoking within the vehicle should be taken into account, which is very difficult to monitor in private space moving vehicle.


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