that smoking is bad for you. It can damage internal organs and cause disease. But secondhand
smoke is dangerous for everyone, not only those puffing away on cigarettes. In fact, roughly 42,000 people die every year from health problems caused by
exposure to secondhand
What does this
mean for those children who can’t escape the toxic fumes? It means they might
have to face a lot of sick days, which is why the mayor of Honolulu is putting a ban
on smoking in a car when children are present. The ban also applies to
Last week, the
Honolulu City Council passed Bill 70
in a unanimous vote, making it illegal to smoke in a vehicle with someone under
will happen if a person
in Honolulu gets caught smoking in the car with a child inside:
police will determine who the culprit is and ticket them directly (not
necessarily the driver). Then comes the bill. Note: Those found guilty might want
to hold onto their tickets because they're going to need something to wipe
their tears with once they realize how much an illegal habit will cost them on
the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
The fine for
first-time offenders is $100. After that, you're looking at around $200 for a
second offense (if it happens within one year of the first offense) and up to $500 if you
are caught a third time within a year of a prior offense. But the real penalty
is what secondhand smoke does to children.
bodies are still developing, exposure to poisons (i.e., secondhand smoke) puts
them at a higher risk of developing severe respiratory diseases and can hinder
the growth of their lungs.
program manager for tobacco prevention at the Hawaii State Department of Health, believes
that this bill is all about protecting the next generation.
“It is probably
10 times as toxic as it is to be sitting inside a smoky bar for a child to be
sitting inside a confined unit exposed to secondhand smoke,” Johnson says.
“Clean air is
the standard, and it’s to encourage parents and anybody who is with a young
child in a car not to smoke in an automobile with them.”
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