The Reason Why Smoking in the Car is Danger

Of course, smoking is bad. And a smoker tells you (that one day he will leave this bad habit, I leave here the written promise). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 7 million people die each year due to tobacco. Most consumers (more than six million), but also around 890,000 non-smokers, for their exposure to smoke.

Today May 31 is World Day without tobacco. In addition to all the ills for health, this vice is very damaging behind the wheel. Norauto, the chain of maintenance stores and accessories for the car, also reminds us of seven reasons not to smoke while driving:

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They can find you for it

For now, it is not an infraction in Spain (yes in ). But beware, it can be punishable if the traffic agent considers that it implies a distraction and affects the total freedom of movement of the driver.

According to article 11, section 2 of the Road Safety Law, the driver must “maintain his freedom of movement, the necessary field of vision and permanent attention to driving, which guarantee his safety, that of the rest of the occupants of the vehicle and that of the other users of the road.”

It damages health

This result is something that everyone knows. Smoking is bad for the health of the smoker and the passengers, especially in such a small space. Remember that the University of Aberdeen warned that smoking inside the vehicle causes air poisoning that exceeds the limits allowed by the WHO.

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It is more than studying. Lighting a cigar implies a minimum distraction of four seconds. Imagine you are going on a highway, traveling at 120 km / h. You would travel 132 meters without paying due attention to driving. That, in every cigarette you light.

And then there are other critical moments, such as when you try to find the ashtray, you drop ash or locate the tobacco in the cabin.

More reaction time

For the above reason, it affects the ability of the driver to react. While smoking, a hand is holding the cigar. In this way, it is impossible to hold the steering wheel both hands and firmly. Only in that way can one cope with unforeseen security.

Cabin Filter

Smoking inside the car reduces the efficiency of the person in charge of ensuring air quality and circulating correctly. Also, you likely have to change it more frequently than usual. Failure to do so reduces the amount of filtered air that will breathe into the vehicle.

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Be careful, especially if you travel with energy. Smoking in a car makes the air less pure and impairs allergy states. This result can be aggravated, with a sneeze or coughing attack, greatly affecting driving. We remind you of ours.


The car acquires a special smell that is subsequently difficult to remove. This smell can be unpleasant and make passengers dizzy on trips. Confirm that the smell inside a vehicle can be decisive in good driving.

Also, smoking in the car can make you lose money beyond spent on cigarettes. According to a study, to the point that 42% of potential buyers would not acquire it in any case.

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