My Community Action Plan

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The community action plan that I am going to initiate is banning smoking in a vehicle that children ride in. According to Daily the Post, “Secondhand smoke refers to tobacco smoke that is passively breathed in by people in the vicinity of a person who is smoking” (2014). Secondhand smoke can cause diseases in all ages, but can be worse on children. I think it should be illegal for anyone to smoke around children in such an enclosed space such as a vehicle, where children have to ride.
The demographic population that my community action plan is based around is of course, children. There is no discrimination against sex, race, age, or gender of the child; if they are 18 years of age or younger, they are a child. Children
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Harvard School of Public Health performed a study on secondhand smoking in a vehicle and during their study they “found a significant increase in levels of carbon monoxide” (Tobacco Free Kids, 2014, p. 2). The Consumer Products Safety Commission defines Carbon Monoxide as “a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas” (2015). My grandpa was a heavy smoker until the day he died; his medical reports after his death showed very high levels of carbon monoxide in his system. The doctors told us that he has potentially suffocated himself to death. He was 74 years old when this happened; he had the choice to quit and chose not to. To get my point across, children do not have a choice of whether or not to be in a vehicle where their parents or another adult are …show more content…
This is the part where the plan is implementing, now how do we keep it in place and continue to make it work. The first part I would like to bring forth for my prevention is education. Maybe the problem with secondhand smoke is that there is not enough education about it. Most would agree that if every adult knew the health effects that secondhand smoke in a vehicle had on children, they probably would try to not do it. Secondhand smoke not only has health effects, but behavior effects as well. According to Schwarz in his article from the University of Washington “children are twice as likely to start smoking if their parents are smokers, versus the children of parents who do not smoke” (2005). The community needs to see firsthand the statistics about secondhand smoke and the multiple effects it has on

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