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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Proposed Rule Will Keep Foster Children Smoke-Free

The county Board of Supervisors in San Luisobispo, California is being asked to reach into foster homes and tell parents to cut back on smoking in order to protect the children in their care. The county Department of Social Services will ask the board today to join the growing list of state and local governments nationwide that are trying to limit smoking in foster homes. Under the proposed policy, foster parents could not allow children in their care to smoke, nor could they buy tobacco products for them. The ban extends to motor vehicles that the children ride in, which would have to be smoke-free for 12 hours before a young person got in. In the home, the resolution says, children should not get closer than 20 feet to secondhand smoke. Source. Bob Cuddy, The Tribune, For more information, please click here (last visited November 23, 2005, reo).

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