Study Shows Riding in a Car with a Smoker Is Bad for Your Health…

9 Mar

Everyone knows smoking is bad for your health.  Very bad.  Most people also know that secondhand smoke is harmful.  The problem is that many people think they are safe from secondhand smoke when they are not.  In other words, you are probably getting a lot more secondhand smoke than you think.  For example, one study showed secondhand smoke can actually be obtained from a smoker’s clothes.

That’s why the results of a new study published in the journal Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention are not that surprising.  The study looked at 14 non-smokers who sat in an SUV with a smoker for one hour.  During that hour, the smoker smoked three cigarettes.  The front and back windows were cracked and the smoker sat in the driver’s seat while the non-smokers sat in the right rear seat.  According to the study, tests conducted on the non-smokers showed elevated levels of butadiene, acrylonitrile, benzene, methylating agents, and ethylene oxide.  According to UCSF Professor Dr. Neal L. Benowitz, the chemicals are “thought to be the most important among the thousands in tobacco smoke that cause smoking-related disease.”

Lead author Dr. Gideon St. Helen writes, “This tells us that people, especially children and adults with pre-existing health conditions such as asthma or a history of heart disease should be protected from secondhand smoke exposure in cars.” 

Here is something that should be mentioned:  The study was performed on a vehicle that was not moving.  Obviously, more research should be done with a moving vehicle to get more realistic results.  But the real question is: why expose yourself or your children to ANY level of secondhand smoke?

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