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Adults need to get wise: Smoking not children’s choice

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Friday, December 08, 2006

I am shocked and appalled how uneducated the general public is about secondhand smoke, especially around children. It is a known fact that secondhand smoke is more harmful to one’s health than just having a smoke. So tell me why do I constantly see mothers and fathers driving down the road with their children in the car smoking?

This ought to be against the law. It is against the law to smoke in most public places; you cannot light up in most restaurants, malls, businesses or airplanes. So why do parents think it is OK to smoke around their children? This is not only a health hazard, but it is very wrong.

Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at a much higher risk for asthma, ear infections, colds and many other health problems. So why do parents continue this behavior?

I’ll tell you, it is very simple. They are either too lazy or uneducated, and either excuse is not acceptable.

The same problem occurs when parents allow cigarette smoke around their children indoors. People, this is a health hazard, and our children should not have to be exposed to it. If we, as adults, want to smoke, that is our choice, but at least go outside to do it.

It is wrong to assume that our children should be exposed to secondhand smoke. They are not given a choice, but it is their lungs that suffer.

Please take the time to educate yourself concerning secondhand smoke for your children’s health. Just because you choose to smoke, your children should not have to.

Jennifer Marie Sather

Soldotna



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