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"The car is the only source of exposure for some of these children, so if you can reduce that exposure, it's definitely advantageous for health," King said.
The CDC advises parents to not allow smoking in their homes and cars, and says opening a car window will not protect kids from cigarette smoke inside.
Measures banning smoking in cars when children are present have been enacted in a handful of states and proposed in several others. The study authors say similar bans should be adopted elsewhere.
American Academy of Pediatrics:
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