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Doctors Ask Parents To Keep A Smoke-Free Car

GRAND RAPIDS (WWJ) – A new study in the journal Pediatrics focuses on parents smoking in cars with their children present.

Researchers say tobacco smoke exposure has already been associated with increased risk of death in children. Dr. Tom Peterson with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids says the study shows that doctors aren’t doing enough to warn parents about smoking in the car.

“We’re pushing and pushing more and more to get physicians and providers to get more and more…to get moving along the process,” said Peterson. “It’s not just parents quitting, it’s not getting them outside the home, it’s making sure they don’t smoke in the cars.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that families adopt a smoke-free car policy.

“What we’re trying to do as pediatricians is extend the interventional arm or influence of the pediatric provider in decreasing kids exposed to second-hand smoke,” Peterson said.

Pediatricians at HealthChildren.org suggest the following tips to keep a smoke-free car:

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