Children exposed to cigarette smoke in cars
SOCIETY is rightly fighting for the right to clean air for children.
Anti-cigarette smoking lobbies have had legislative success after sustained community pressure on politicians to enact legislation to restrict cigarette smoke exposure to people in public places. Phased in over years, interventions to restrict advertising of cigarettes, limit smoking in public spaces and most recently plain packaging of cigarette packets will reap rewards for generations.
Much is to be admired in existing legislation but more is to be done by people caring for children exposed on a daily basis to cigarette smokers.
As doctors we must help to educate families where children are exposed to environmental tobacco smoke in the house or the cars of their parents.
Cigarette smoking is highly addictive and the will to give up smoking varies with family pressures, finances and family support. Some adults will give up smoking