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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 3, 2019 04:02 PM
From: Representative Angel Cruz
To: All House members
Subject: Protecting Children from Secondhand Smoke in Vehicles
More than 20 million children in the United States have been exposed to secondhand smoke, according to the American Lung Association. This smoke poses a serious health risk and contains over 7,000 chemicals, 70 of which are known to cause cancer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, secondhand smoke exposure increases an infant’s risk of sudden infant death syndrome, causes children to have under-developed lungs and to get sick more often. Children exposed to secondhand smoke are also at increased risks of more severe asthma attacks, bronchitis, pneumonia and other respiratory symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.

My legislation seeks to protect children and combat this problem by making it illegal for anyone to smoke in a car occupied by a child under age 18. A person who violates this section commits a summary offense and shall be fined $25 upon being convicted of violating any other provision of Title 75.

Please join me in protecting our children and the air they breathe by co-sponsoring this important legislation. If you have any questions, please contact my Harrisburg office at 717-705-1925.

Introduced as HB217