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Shaw 2 Smoking Prohibited with Minors in Vehicles Children do not have a choice whether or not an adult smokes while driving a vehicle According to Chest magazine 48 million American children have been diagnosed with asthma The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta report that in 1993 159000 children under the age of fifteen were hospitalized for acute asthma and 5300 people died The American Lung Association states that the annual health care cost for asthma is 126 billion dollars The value of reduced productivity due to loss of school days represented the largest single indirect cost related to asthma approaching 1 billion The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease states that More than 10 million school days are missed annually due to asthma Annually in America there are approximately 104 million physician office visits for the treatment of asthma Approximately one-third of those visits are for patients under the age of 18 as reported in the New England Journal of Medicine This law would be authorized by the United States Constitution Article 1 Section 8 Clause 3To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations and among the several States and with the Indian Tribes This Commerce Clause would pertain to those individuals traveling in vehicles Added authorization is found in Article 1 Section 8 Clause 18 The necessary and proper clause would allow for the novel idea of regulating individual habits inside privately owned vehicles In American Government and Politics Shaw 3 Today this clause has allowed Congress to adapt the government to changing needs and times Enforcement of this law would be delegated to each state Each states Department of Transportation HighwayState Patrol would also then enforce this law Local lawCounty Sheriff offices would give their support likewise As stated in the Childrens Asthma Relief Act of 1999 Asthma is often a chronic illness that is treatable with ambulatory care but over 43 percent of
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