A recent study conducted by a group of British researchers found that smoking drivers expose their passengers to high levels of second-hand smoke. The study is conducted over 100 trips by 17 drivers, of which 14 were smokers. Of those trips made, 34 were smoke-free. The study is said to be the most extensive ever.
The recommended safe level of pollutants in a car cabin is below 25 μg/m3, according to the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO). While car pollution averaged to about 7.4 μg/m3 in a smoke-free car, a smoker’s car records a far higher pollution level of 85 μg/m3, which exceeded WHO’s recommended level. On one occasion, the pollution level recorded an astronomical 880 μg/m3!
Some smokers might think that by winding down the windscreen, the pollution level in the car cabin may reduce. Guess what, the study reveals that the pollution level in these cars are still in the unsafe range. Turning on climate control does not help either.
The study highlighted that children are more likely to suffer from the effects of air pollution as they have faster breathing rates and lack a fully developed immune system. In addition, they have limited freedom to remove themselves from the source of pollution (imagine a child strapped on the baby seat).
Hence, if you love your family and children, do not smoke while driving.
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