People are constantly talking about car seats and car safety. One thing people sometimes forget to talk about is smoking in your car with a child in it. I get it people smoke, but it’s really dangerous to do it with a kid in the car. It doesn't matter if you open the window it's still going to affect them. If you think about it the wind blows backwards and your child is in the back seat so even if you have the window open the smoke ends up in the back.
Secondhand smoke is just as deadly as first hand smoke. Second hand smoke can cause cancer, it can cause breathing problems such as asthma and bronchitis. The best place to smoke if you have to smoke is outside. Smoking in a car around anyone can be dangerous. Maybe you're wondering what about when your child not in the car? It is still a bad idea to because the nicotine and the smell will still be there. You never know who might be in your car, you smoking in the car could trigger someone's asthma or breathing problem. It also smells really bad and could possibly lower your used car trade in value. If your car has to be reupholstered, it will cost the dealership extra money. No one wants to ride around in an ashtray with burnt marks and cigarette butts in the cup holders.
I know it's a pain to pull over or wait until you get home and smoke outside even in the cold. Being considerate to others is key. Your kids don’t really have a say in the matter. They are breathing in what you are exhaling. It’s probably a bad idea to smoke while driving anyway. Because you are focused on your cigarette and not on the road. Sometimes you might accidentally drop it, and then you are worried about your car’s upholstery or burn yourself. If you have a dirty car and you drop your cigarette you could definitely start a fire.
So if you choose the smoke just say no to smoke in your car and never throw a lit cigarette out of the car. It can cause a fire, it’s littering and illegal. I wish it were illegal for people to smoke in a car with a child in it.