1 In 5 Kids Exposed To Second Hand Smoke While In Vehicles

By Maureen Mespell

February 6, 2012 Updated Feb 6, 2012 at 7:26 PM EDT

I(ndiana's NewsCenter) -- A new government survey of middle and high school students shows that one in five kids are being exposed to second hand smoke while in a vehicle.

While the overall number of smokers and kids exposed to second hand smoke has dropped, experts say far too many kids are still exposed to dangerous fumes that can lead to asthma, infections, and other health problems.

Amanda Fall from Tobacco Free Allen County says, "A lot of people don't realize, just having the window down isn't doing anything. The amount of secondhand smoke exposure is more than in a smokey bar if you're in a car."

The authors of the study say more states should ban smoking in vehicles carrying children less than 18 years old.

Four states have already passed similar laws.

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