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December 27, 2012
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Letter: Smoking in cars is hazardous to passengers

Others don’t want the smoke

We have passed laws to protect ourselves from the adverse effects of second-hand smoke in most public settings, but we have failed to address an additional and very serious smoking-related problem.

I see people every day driving around smoking cigarettes with the windows rolled up, while there are children, elderly people and codependent people in the vehicles. These people are victims and in my estimation, they are being tortured, unable to defend themselves against the unhealthy acts of others. The children are helpless, the elderly are ignored and the disabled are forced to suffer even more.

I consider this abuse of the highest order and it needs to be addressed. Every day we hear about rising health care costs, and yet these people are being exposed to second-hand unfiltered cigarette smoke. To make the situation even worse, they are in a closed environment. This exposure can lead to health problems, either immediately or in the future. Either way, it adds to their future health care costs.

This is an easily solved problem and it needs to be addressed immediately. We must ban smoking in cars when the vehicle is occupied by people who cannot defend themselves. And rolling down the windows is not the solution.

Protect the innocent.

Lloyd Irwin

Roseburg


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