100$ fine if you smoke with kids in the car...

Canada
October 11, 2007 1:45pm CST
California motorists will risk fines of up to $100 next year if they are caught smoking in cars with minors, making their state the third to protect children in vehicles from secondhand smoke. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday signed a bill that will make it an infraction to smoke in a vehicle if someone under age 18 is present. But the traffic stop would have to be made for another offense, such as speeding or an illegal turn, before the driver could be cited for smoking. At least 20 states and a number of municipalities have considered limiting smoking in cars where minors are present. Yahoo! News Do you think more should be done to get people to quit? Smoking is a horrible habit and we are hurting ourselves and the ones around us. Where I live, you can smoke anywhere on school property. I think this is a good law, but I think smoking should be confined to ones home and no where else. Any opinions
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• Canada
12 Oct 07
Smoking in our homes??? how is that protecting OUR children??? Are children of smokers worth less?? How could anyone condone that? If we smoke in our homes we put our children at risk and it gets out of our windows so its doing no good for the public. I highly doubt anyone would pass a law stating we have to stay in our homes to smoke. It makes no sense to stop us from smoking around kids but then turn around and tell us we have no choice but to risk our childrens lives.
• Canada
12 Oct 07
OK, well i mean privately, if they have to open a window or go on their porch that's their problem, they shouldn't be smoking in the first place, it is bad for them! What I'm saying is don't go smoke in the park, or outside the office at an outdoor bistro, etc... Walking near some of these areas is very unpleasant because of all the smoke. Finally, I don't think smoker's children are worth less, why should my own children (if I had) see people smoking in the street or be in a smelly environment. This wouldn't be good for my children and might make it seem to them that smoking is norm!
@AD11RGUY (1266)
• United States
12 Oct 07
I do believe children should be protected from 2nd hand smoke. I also believe smokers have a right to smoke. Personally, if all the windows are fully open, I don't think the passengers in the car will be inhaling any smoke. Maybe an exception should be made for such, especially on long drives. I think it would be more dangerous overall if the adults have to pull over to the side of the road in order to smoke. The parked car may get hit by another vehicle causing more of a problem than 2nd smoke ever could. As far as the fine of $100...I am so tired of more and more fines for things that we Californians normally do. This has become a police state and just about everything has a penalty to it now. Add in the high cost of living and abundance of low paying jobs, high tax rates with little or no responsibility behind them, I can't see adding yet another penalty for the "common" Californian to have to deal with. I think there ought to be a different way of penalizing the offenders. What that would be, I don't know. I'm just tired of more and more fines for everyday living here.
@AD11RGUY (1266)
• United States
12 Oct 07
As far the the horrible habit, I am finding more and more over eating to be the new self destructive habit. More is being spent on health problems due to obesity than smoking, and the costs are increasing. I think we have hated smoking for so long that we turn a blind eye to what the new, real health crisis's are. More than 60% of the nation is seriously over weight. Last I checked, less than 20% of the nation smokes. We need to spend our funds and energy on the current problems in order to better ourselves as a nation.
• United States
26 Nov 07
I think the amount of fines should be more because smoking in front of child is not a cute or good sign of parent or elders. Though some people do it. So to teach tiem well the amount of fines should be $ 300
@kodie420 (872)
• Canada
12 Oct 07
Well I think thats a novel idea but I can't see people following that. Even though I do agree one should not smoke around young children because it can damage their lungs how to ban doing something in ones own property seems a little unfair to me. What next a fine for smoking in your house? you know what I mean. People should be just smart enough to know the damage they might be causing to other that are around when they smoke but trying to fine people for something they do in something they own is just a little crazy in my opinion!
• Canada
12 Oct 07
I think it's a great idea to have a fine if you are caught smoking in a car with minors. Kids shouldn't have to worry about second hand smoke. Also I think that if a parent(s) smoke that they should have to go outside instead of doing it in the house where their child(ren) are exposed to second hand smoke! A lot of people don't seem to realize how bad second hand smoke is for the person breathing it in. I wish the Government never started selling them in the first place. Have a good day! PurpleTeddyBear!
@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
12 Oct 07
Should be more, but it's a good start. It's up to you if you smoke, but, you have not right to abuse and harm children. Good job California.
@angemac23 (2005)
• Canada
12 Oct 07
This is a great idea! Kids don't deserve to be exposed to second hand smoke, EVEN IF THE WINDOWS ARE OPEN! You can still it and it is bad for their developing lungs. Parents who smoke got to wake up and realize that it's not fair to expose you own flesh and brought, the ones you brought into this worlds to something that may harm them. You are supposed to protect them against this kind of stuff! They have no say even if they dont like it because they are "just kids". It's not fair to them. I say, If you need a smoke that bad, pull over and stand outside the car with the windows up so the kids can't smell it or get into their lungs!
• United States
12 Oct 07
Id like to see smoking bans get a little stricter in a lot of places because well smoking is a choice. If we can do things to prevent our family and loved ones from being around then thats what should happen.
• United States
12 Oct 07
I think the States hearts are in the right place but this won't work.If a parent is a smoker , they are going to smoke,period.What is worse is if it is the parent that gets caught smoking, the 100 dollars will come out of the parents pocket is 100 dollars that the parents won't have to spend on the kids.So the kids will suffer worse than breathing second hand smoke. Or if the parent that smokes withdraws from trips , especially long trips with the kids because of the law, the child loses time with the parent.I am tired of smokers being treated as second class citizens. I fear it will become worst.
@MarieJ23 (1041)
• United States
12 Oct 07
I admire the effort put by some leaders to realize this law. This is such very good to everyone. Personally, I don't hate smokers though I don't like smoking. I respect them, it's their choice. My main concern is, they would just do it in a place away from the public especially the kids. Sidestream smoke is just too dangerous. I hope everyone grasp this openly. *smile*
• Canada
12 Oct 07
Wow!! I wish they had those fines in our country! I think if people are going to smoke they should do it by themselves not do it around their children. I know its a tough habit to break. I blame the government for allowing such a product to be sold. If it wasn't introduced in the first place then people would not have gotten addicted. I guess to each their own. Freedom of choice right? People should realize what it does to their health and truly think about quitting!!
@psyche49f (2511)
• Philippines
11 Oct 07
For me, such law is very much welcome since it's a way of protecting minors from being passive smokers themselves...they are entitled to clean air, and adults have no right to hold them 'hostage' by making them inhale their smokes. They should smoke somewhere else, far from people who want to enjoy clean air. I hate smoking, and I feel my right to clean air being violated everytime someone smokes in public close to people. These smokers should at least distance themselves so as not to annoy, irritate, disturb people because not all people smoke, and not all people can tolerate it. We just have to be sensitive to other people's needs, too.
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
11 Oct 07
Well, I too hate smoking. I'm currently in a battle with my husband who "quit" 5 years ago but has been doing it behind my back off and on. I think the no smoking with kids in the car is a good law. I was outraged when my sisters son was born and he was breathing really raspy and she'd say "i don't know why" then i'd see her husband light up as they pulled away with their infant son in the car. I think if people were only allowed to smoke at home then they wouldn't go out anymore. I think they should make special rooms or something for smokers that suck the smoke up fast so their isn't much floating around. the "smoking" sections in most restaurants are a joke, sometimes you can still smell it in the non smokers section. I think it would be one heck of a fight to get everyone to quit smoking.