Evans Urges Parents Against Smoking in Cars with Young Children


…from the Illinois House of Representatives
May 3, 2013 State Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr.
Phone: 773-783-8492

Evans Urges Parents Against Smoking in Cars with Young Children

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In an effort to protect children from the dangerous effects of secondhand smoke, state Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr., D-Chicago, passed a resolution urging parents not to smoke in a vehicle with children under the age of 13.

“Fighting cancer was the most difficult experience that I have faced,” Evans said. “Considering the increased risks that children face when they are exposed to secondhand smoke – especially in an enclosed environment like a car – we need to do everything that we can to protect them. Children should have the opportunity to grow and develop into healthy adults, and then make their own health choices at that time. I hope that this resolution encourages parents and caregivers to consider the health of their children before smoking in the car.”

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute, secondhand smoke causes 50,000 deaths every year. Evans’ House Resolution 146 notes that children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke, because they are still developing physically, have higher breathing rates than adults and have less control over their environments. Children who are exposed to high levels of secondhand smoke have the greatest risk of damaging health effects such as asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), lower respiratory tract infections and middle ear infections.

“The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) applauds the efforts of Rep. Evans to educate parents on the deadly effects of secondhand smoke,” said Heather Eagleton, director of public policy and government relations for ACS CAN. “Nearly one in five children is exposed to secondhand smoke in their home. There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke, which is known to cause cancer; that is why parents should do all they can to protect their children from exposure.”

For more information, please contact Evans’ full-time constituent service office at 773-783-8492, email repevans33@gmail.com or visit www.staterepevans33.com.

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