Illegal to smoke in a car when a child is present?

United States
May 11, 2007 2:50pm CST
There is a consideration for a law to be passed to make it illegal to smoke in the car if a child is in the car. Should this law pass? Does the government think they can raise our kids better than us? It seems they are slowly taking away our rights and we are ignorant to the fact. I don't think it's a good idea to smoke in front of your children, but should it become a law?
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@repzkoopz (1895)
• Philippines
11 May 07
i don't think its the government's intention to look down on our capability and decisions as parents. i think they are just emphasizing on how dangerous it is for children, as it emphasizes that many parents actually do smoke in their cars while their children are in. making it a law wouldn't make much sense too coz i bet cops wouldn't really bother to take a peak inside cars just to see if the smoker has kids in the car.
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• United States
14 May 07
Maybe it's not, but the way I see it, I feel the government is subtely, and slowly trying to take away our rights. This is an extreme example, but day by day they push little laws and rules. Eventually, we will lose all the rights we were priveledged with in the first place. And the worst part is people don't realize it. For example, people will agree with the no smoking in car rule. What next? No smoking in your home if a child's present? How far will the government go?
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@PsychoDude (2018)
• Netherlands
11 May 07
In my opinion it should be illegal to smoke in a car at all due to the increased risk of getting in an accident whilst smoking in a car. But if just for the kids I agree as well, reason is quite simple: Smoking in the car doubles their risk of asthma.
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• United States
14 May 07
Yeah, that's a good point, but a lot of other things cause accidents. Talking on your cell phone, eating, putting make up on.....can you make all these illegal? And if so, will they be enforced?
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@skbadhan (881)
• India
15 May 07
If its like that you are smoking while driving then it sounds something you are doing wrong. i am agree to you that one shouldnot smoke infront of childrens it matters not wether you are in car or in home or anywhere else. but making such law seems much irretating . i am not in favour of becoming any such law though still in my country there is no such law.
• Austria
14 May 07
considering how dangerous smoking is, and how really bad it is for kids to be around, causing asthma and such, it should be illegal. It should be banned from all public places. I hate having to breath it when I'm out, I hate having to wash my clothes cuz they stink after just 5 minutes with a smoker. Non smokers have rights too and I think smokers need to take responsibility for their smelly habits and put them out around other people, especially children. Nobody will come along and say you can only smoke in your house, there's too much money changing hands. But in my perfect world I'd never have to inhale 2nd hand smoke ever again. One can dream right.
@PunkyMcPunk (1477)
• Canada
11 May 07
I think that it should be illegal to smoke in a car with a child. I say this because that child doesn't ahve a choice to smoke or not smoke. If mom or dad is having a smoke so is baby. That is wrong. The poor child is going to be breathing in enough pollutants in his/her life without having the parents poisoning him/her too! I do want you to know that I am a smoker. I have been for most of my life BUT I am a parent first. I do not smoke in the car with my boy. I don't allow anyone to smoke in the car with my boy. I don't smoke in the house anywhere not even the bedroom and I don't allow anyone else to either. If you want a smoke you wait until we get to the destination or if we are at home you can go outside. The only real issue I have with this law is that, how are cops going to police it? Are they supposed to drive along the shoulder of the road beside people and check while trying to drive safely to see if 1- someone is smoking and 2 if there is a kid in the car..?? It just really doesn't make sense. While I think it would be a good meaning law its silly because there is no way to enforce it.
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