Movement to ban smoking in cars with kids grows

United States
January 19, 2007 6:10am CST
UNDATED During a recent drive, a New Jersey state senator caught a glimpse of the driver in the next lane. She was puffing on a cigarette, windows rolled up, two kids in the car, filled with thick smoke. That did it. Senator Ray Lesniak is proposing legislation for the Garden State that would ban smoking in a car where anyone under 16 is a passenger. The measure parallels a nationwide movement to limit children's exposure to secondhand smoke. Louisiana, Arkansas, Puerto Rico and Bangor, Maine, have all recently enacted car smoking bans when youngsters are present. Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. What do you think about this? I can obviously understand why someone would be upset by seeing a woman smoking in her car with the windows rolled up with children in the back, but I think this is going a little too far to tell people they can't smoke in their own cars. Most people have enough common sense not to do this sort of thing. What do you think?
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
19 Jan 07
I am not a smoker. And, I hate for kids to be exposed to smoke. But enough is enough. I do not want the government to keep taking our rights and freedoms from us. They are on this silly kick to make everything perfect with their overbearing legislation. This is probably supported by some crazy special interest group designed to steal more of our rights. Where does this crap end? Sure, the parent is irresponsible in her actions. But you can not legislate parents that have little sense and little brains into suddenly having some. This will be just another endeavor for the police to waste time and resources on. Enough of this democrat backed socialism. Or maybe he is a repubby, don't matter, they are all socialists.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Well as much as I agree that subjecting young children to cancer-causing smoke inhalation without regard to thier lives, is not only dangerous, inconsiderate but also very selfish and irresponsible. On the other-hand If you begin banning things like this, you are opening a dangerous door.. first there is no smoking in the car, then thier is no talking on a cell phone in your car (which I also think is dangerous) which will lead to more restrictions.. no listening to your radio? what will be next. I do think that someone who will smoke in thier vehicle w/thier young children aboard, are problably neglecting them in other areas as well. This is just my personal opinion, and I know I may recieve some minuses from some, but It's my right to state it..but if we keep takign away rights, eventually it may no longer be my right. If it is still legal for a pregnant woman to subject her unborn child to smoke inhalation, it will take awhile for this law to catch on I think.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
23 Jan 07
correction.. when I say that I do think that people who will smoke with thier children aboard, I do mean with the window rolled up, I do understand (or have been led to believe) that if you roll the windows down there is minimal chance that they will be breathing in the smoke..
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@mahayla (192)
• United States
23 Jan 07
tell the senator to get his butt out of the car and walk i'm tired of global pollution it's my world too get all companies to stop putting pollution in our air for the almighty buck all car companies and gas companies..oil companies should be sued by us citizens who make no money off of their polluting our enviroment and why did he take his eyes off the road while he was driving his pollution machine? his license should be taken away for not keeping his eyes on the road
@superbren (856)
21 Jan 07
i see people doing this all the time . you can barely see into their cars with the smoke, its ignorant and very bad for your child. also i have had children in my house to visit and their clothes , hair , everything stank of smoke , how could it be good for them and why should they have to be exposed to it .at least at home they can leave the rom when a parent is smoking but in the car they have no choice , they cant go anywhere , ban it , im say
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• United States
20 Jan 07
I smoke but I never smoke in the car with my children. We don't even smoke in thier when they aren't in there. I honestly don't think it would be a bad thing to enact this law. Those of us that are smart enough not to do aren't gonna be affected by it anyway. It will be the people who chose to ignore the risks to thier children or just don't know about them (not sure if that's possible) We know this couple who have a daughter with asthma and they still smoke in the car and the house. I think it's terrible and I've told them so but they don't listen. Maybe a steep fine would help them see the light. Still I don't know how they would be able to enforce such a law. It would be hard to tell if there is smoking going on in any given vehicle.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
I think passing the law would be pointless. People will still do it and I can't imagine too many traffic cops will be ready to go out of their way to enforce it either, especially since some cops smoke and might be scoffing right along with the driver about how stupid it is. You would think people would learn by now, that if some one wants to do something, they're going to do it regardless of whatever laws there are saying you shouldn't.
@nw1911guy (1134)
• United States
19 Jan 07
Ahh there you go thinking common sense. If there is one thing I have learned in this world, it's that common sense is really an oxymoron. You think this woman is an isolated case? Not even, I see it fairly regularly. I they want to smoke when they are alone then fine, but not with other people in the vehicle that are under the age of 18. Seems reasonable to me.
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
19 Jan 07
I think as long as we, the people, allow the government to rule our world they will. It is hard to believe that anyone can tell us how and when to smoke. It should be left up to the owners of each resturaunt and each owner of his own domain. As far as cars go this is ridiculous. The cops need to focus on those breaking a law and not those smoking in their cars. my father smoked in the car when I wasy young and it did not affect us. This is just BIG government controlling our world.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
19 Jan 07
I think they are getting a bit carried away. They are getting too involved in our lives. They should be worrying and spending our tax dollars on something that needs attention. Start taking care of the eldely and disabled. Pretty soon we will be getting fined for stepping out of our houses at a certain time of day.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
well people have a right to smoke in their cars, but i find it hard to say they have a right to expose their innocent children to second hand smoke. i think the ban, if it would go through, would be great. maybe they could do it to where its banned when children are in the car and if they are caught, they get a fine or something.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
I'm an ex smoker. I smoked for 17 years. jan 12th it was years since i quit. I'm so glad i quit. when i'm around a smoker now i know right away. The smell now makes me sick to my stomach. i look back at all the children i smoked around, including my own. I don't feel that anyone should be able to smoke in public t all. Especially around places that there i schildren present. That incldes there cars. If the person want to smoke let them do it in there home and kill themselves not everyone else. and if they have children they should be made to smoke away from there home.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
No one should have the right to tell someone what they can and can't do on or in their property. What ever happened to this being the home of the free? Our rights? We buy something and yet we are told what we can or can't do with it, on it, or in it.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
I have never smoked...and yet I have a hard time with this proposal. While the evidence strongly suggests that the secondhand smoke will harm the children's health, there is a line which we must be careful about crossing. If we tell smokers that they can't smoke around their children, why not ban parents from feeding their children high-fat, high-sugar foods? The logic is the same: it is bad for their health. While I don't think they are acting responsibly to smoke in a car where their children are forced to inhale along with them, I'm not in favor of legislating otherwise.
@nw1911guy (1134)
• United States
20 Jan 07
Oh but that is coming. Just you wait and see. Remember, New York City is phasing in a law that bans trans-fat.
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• United States
19 Jan 07
I think its a great law. I wish it was no smoking while driving all together, but the bill is a great one. I wish they would do that in my state, its a great idea.
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@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
19 Jan 07
i think that they are trying to take some rights away from us. yes some people do not use common sense when it comes to raising their kids, i for one try not to smoke in the car with my son, but if we are on a long road trip i will completely ipen the window if i am going to smoke.
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• Canada
20 Jan 07
My mother has smoked all my life, smoked when pregnant with me and with my brother, smoked in the house, in the car, in resturants (while that was allowed). It always disgusted me. On car trips she would open the window, when I would open mine also because the smoke was making me sick she would complain, tell me "it's no so bad and if you open that window the smoke will come right to you" Smokers, in my experience, are so focused on their addiction needs that no one else, including their own children, are considered important enough. It sucks to be trapped in a car with a smoker.
• United States
23 Jan 07
although smoking is bad for you, they do not have the right to tell us when are where you can smoke. slowly but surely these states(along with federal) governments are taking our rights away. what ever happened to for the people by the people, ha what a joke.
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@asi1978 (76)
• Pakistan
20 Jan 07
yes it should be banned to all over the world because smoking is health hazard.
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• India
20 Jan 07
Smoking is undoubtedly a bad habit and majors are requested to avoid smoking infront of kids as they attract more towards bad things.
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@raveena (1355)
• India
20 Jan 07
Most people do not have enough common sense and therefore it has to be made mandatory. Smoking itself is bad for health and I feel that it affects smoke affects the health of non smokers much more than those who smoke. I really feel great about it. Should be carried out in India also.
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@cruzades (661)
• Philippines
20 Jan 07
actually, people with common sense doesn't need any law or ordinance just to tell them that "they can't smoke with children around". personally i don't smoke though my parents and my grand parents are, i used to tell to them to quit smokin, 'cause it's not good for the health. now, i have 2 kids already, i giving an awareness to my kids that smokin is not really good for health.
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• India
20 Jan 07
smoking should be banned while in driving or in any place where it is fully closed like AC rooms
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