Infants and children are more severely affected by exposure to second hand smoke than adults because they are smaller, have higher respiration rates, have less mature immune systems and their respiratory tracts are still developing. Evidence implicates second hand smoke in SIDS, childhood cancers, asthma and respiratory disease in children.  While levels of second hand smoke in vehicles can be far higher than those found in smoke filled bars, children continue to be exposed to smoke in vehicles.  There is a lack of legislation protecting children from second hand smoke in private vehicles.

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