New Virginia law aims to protect children from secondhand smoke

New Virginia law aims to protect children from secondhand smoke

The Commonwealth of Virginia recently took an important step to create healthier environments for children. As of July 1, 2016, it is illegal in Virginia to smoke in your car, whether the car is moving or still, when a minor under the age of eight is present in the vehicle.

Numerous studies show that even small amounts of exposure to secondhand smoke can be harmful to a child’s lung function and cardiovascular health. And, as the Virginia Department of Health notes, air pollution from smoking in a car can be as much as 10 times higher than the worst outdoor air pollution.

For more details about the new law, download the resource guide below or visit http://www.vdhlivewell.com/tobacco

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