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Smoking in cars is unsafe, researchers say

Stanford University researchers have found that a person who smokes just two cigarettes in a car releases particulates above government safety levels.

On the eve of the Labor Day holiday, the researchers advise people to not smoke in the car if they are heading off for a trip because it will expose their family members to those potentially harmful particulates.

"This is the most comprehensive set of measurements ever made of vehicle air change rates and smoke particulate levels in real driving conditions," said Neil Klepeis, a consulting professor of civil and environmental engineering. He is the co-author of a Stanford study published online in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.

The study follows a similar effort published in June by Klepeis and fellow researchers about the dangers of second-hand smoke in outdoor settings. That study was almost immediately cited in debates about the dangers of outdoor smoking, said Wayne Ott, also a consulting professor of civil and environmental engineering.

-- Don Kazak

Comments

Posted by Child of smoker, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 31, 2007 at 2:54 pm

Not to mention the dangers of

1. Flying cigarettes and the likelihood of getting burned in an accident as the cigarette starts to smoulder on something.

2. The time it takes to take a cigarette out of the pack and put it in your mouth, then light the cigarette, all while not paying enough attention to driving.

As a child, I was in a car with a smoker and the above were real dangers to me, particularly in cars that didn't have lighters.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 31, 2007 at 3:51 pm

So walk.


Posted by leonard, a resident of Midtown
on Sep 1, 2007 at 5:55 pm

smoning is dangerous
so is driving a car
incredible discovery these folks have stumbled upon
that when combined the danger persists
fascinating
what other type of research will they reveal next?
that eating donuts
and watching tv lead to obesity?
can't wait for the results on that one.
in regards to walking- it's not all that safe either
though we appreciate your pithy remarks at times-
though must say they grow old and tend to linger
like those pesky allergy causing trees on lowell street
that should be hauled out of town along with all the
other free standing miscreants who dare to lurk in our midst


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