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Bill bans smoking at all times in home day cares

The Assembly approved a bill Monday that would ban smoking inside home day care centers even after the children have left, a regulation that targets lingering “third-hand smoke” and has been adopted by 12 other states. The chamber passed the measure by Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton, on a 55-8 vote, with some Republican lawmakers opposed.

Smoking already is banned in homes that function as day care centers during their operating hours to prevent kids from being exposed to secondhand smoke. But Hall says recent research shows even off-hour smoking places children at risk.

“Exposure to second- and third-hand smoke is a real danger to the health of these young, developing individuals,” he said. Hall also was behind a law to require smoke-free environments for foster homes. Assembly GOP spokeswoman Amanda Fulkerson said members of her party were concerned about the government imposing regulations on business owners in their off-hours and the structure of the bill.

Supporters of the ban say the danger comes from smoke and cancer-causing compounds penetrating furniture, toys and other objects, which children can touch with their mouths. Researchers recently have started focusing on the effects of third-hand smoke, including a 2013 study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, an U.S. Department of Energy lab managed by the University of California system. The study found the lingering smoke damages DNA in human cells and is especially dangerous for children and difficult to eradicate from clothes and carpets.

If the bill passes the Senate and is signed into law by the governor, California would join 12 other states that already ban smoking in home day cares at all times — while 25 others only forbid smoking when children are inside, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention database. The CDC says local law enforcement and health departments enforce California’s existing law, and state regulators say they enforce it based on complaints and during inspections.

Hall says day care providers can still smoke cigarettes outside their homes if children have left their care. The bill doesn’t specify penalties for smoking inside during off-hours at the state’s 36,000 facilities, but existing rules call for an infraction and a $100 penalty for lighting up in the presence of children attending day care.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Tobacco Facts

 

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Scientists: Third Hand Smoke Also a Danger

Scientists: Third Hand Smoke Also a Danger

Now scientists are finding third hand smoke can be dangerous too.

What is third hand smoke and how can it be avoided?

We know smoking can harm us.  And if we live with a smoker, that second hand smoke we inhale can affect us as well.

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Burning cigarette in an ashtray

Second-hand smoke is when somebody smokes in the presence of other people and they inhale that smoke. That causes all kinds of problems such as lung cancer, such as C-O-P-D, such as asthma and respiratory infections in children,” says Dr. Norman Edelman, director of the American Lung Associationю

Now scientists are finding that third hand smoke, which is the fumes that come off somebody who has smoked  elsewhere can have a negative impact on our  health, as well as our children’s.

“There’s evidence now that third-hand smoke is a risk factor in children  like chronic ear infections and chronic respiratory infections,” Dr. Edelman explains.  “And if your clothes reek of smoke, your hair reeks of smoke, your little child is going to get an asthma attack, more than likely.”

How to avoid passing on your smoke to others?  The American Lung Association says, try to quit.  If that’s not possible,  take the smoking outside, where the air is less concentrated and the smoke fumes are not as heavy and won’t be left on clothing.

“Smokers should know that they’re not only doing damage to their own hearts and lungs and other organs but they’re doing damage to the people around them.”

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Tobacco Facts

 

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