Secondhand Smoke and Kids in Cars

Keep our kids safe from secondhand smoke!


The Proposed Law:
Smoke-free cars legislation would protect persons under 18 from breathing in dangerous secondhand smoke while riding in a vehicle. In 2009, Minnesota Senator Sandy Pappas was the primary author of this bill.

Read the full text of the 2009 proposed bill on the Minnesota Senate web site.


Minnesota would NOT be the first to pass this type of law. Jurisdictions that ban smoking in vehicles that transport children include:

  • Arkansas
  • Maine
  • Puerto Rico
  • Ontario
  • Nova Scotia
  • Key Port, New Jersey
  • Rockland County, New York
  • Louisiana
  • California
  • South Australia
  • Yukon
  • British Columbia
  • West Long Beach, New Jersey



The air quality in a car where someone is smoking can reach nearly 10 times over the hazardous levels set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

--W. Ott, N. Klepeis, and P. Switzer, Air Change Rates of Motor Vehicles and In-Vehicle Pollutant Concentrations from Secondhand Smoke. Journal of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology, 2007


Read more about secondhand smoke, kids, and cars:


How Dangerous is Smoking in Cars?

Watch this video to learn a little more about the science behind what happens when someone smokes in a car.

How Dangerous is Smoking in Cars? from TobaccoFreeCA on Vimeo.

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