Passive Smoking Of Children Is Possible Through General Ventilation – Part 2 of 3
But a important limitation of the study is that the authors couldn’t separate other potential sources of exposure, such as family members who only smoked outside but might carry particles indoors on their clothes. Nor did it take into report day-care centers or other forms of child care that might contribute to smoke exposure.
Even so “It’s critical that we take additional action to protect our children from secondhand smoke,” especially in light of a recent announce from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stating that more than half of children aged 3-11 are exposed to secondhand smoke. “Some municipalities, especially in California and Washington, have started moving close to restricting smoking in multi-unit housing, and in New York City some private apartment buildings and condominium complexes have banned smoking”.
Noting that some consider a smoking ban in apartments an infringement upon actual rights and privacy, the authors say the civil liberties argument only holds if the smoke has no impact on one’s neighbors. “We also feel very strongly that if we’re going to be putting restrictions on smoking in people’s homes – we deprivation to be sure we have the resources in place for smokers to either cut down or smoke in other places”.