According to a new survey released by the University of Michigan, more than eight out of 10 American adults support banning smoking in cars carrying children younger than 13 years old.
The survey, conducted by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, also found that 87 percent of adults support a ban on smoking at businesses that allow children.
In addition, 75 percent of adults support banning smoking in homes where there are children with asthma or other lung diseases.
“Smoke is a real health hazard for kids whose lungs are still developing, and especially for kids who have illnesses like asthma where the lungs are particularly fragile and flare up when exposed to secondhand smoke,” poll director Dr. Matthew Davis said in a university news release.
The study found that 60 percent of current smokers would support a ban on smoking in cars carrying children. Eighty-four percent of former smokers would support the ban, and 87 percent of people who never smoked would support the ban.
“Although the number of people smoking has dropped dramatically in the last 50 years, secondhand smoke remains a health risk,” added Davis, an associate professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and associate professor of public policy at the university’s School of Public Policy.
There are currently seven states that have laws banning smoking in cars when children are present — Arkansas, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Oregon and Utah.
“Given the high level of public support for laws prohibiting smoking in vehicles with children in this poll, it may be that the bans enacted by a small number of states should be considered by many more states, and perhaps at the national level,” Davis said.