Here on the islands, we protect our ‘ohana, especially when it comes to caring for our keiki. In the car, for example, we make sure they have the proper car and booster seats, and we ensure they’re buckled up – because this helps protect them.
Still, for Hawai‘i parents with friends and family members who smoke, there is another danger that’s often overlooked – smoking in the car. Secondhand smoke exposure contributes to more than 41,000 deaths in nonsmoking adults and 400 infant deaths each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1 It’s more dangerous for our keiki than you might think. Even with windows open and fans blowing, it exposes all passengers to the toxic chemicals in secondhand smoke. The National Cancer Institute states these include:2