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Published: Wednesday, March 3 2010 12:00 a.m. MST

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circe

I like this law... but it scares me.

If the Government has the right to tell you that you can't smoke in the car with your children... what else can they dictate between you and your children?

Anonymous

So, we can't smoke in a car with a child, but Utah continues to have more and more 'red' haze days?

Cigarettes are safe!

They must be scientist from the tobacco industry said so.
The infinite wisdom of the Utah Legislature...Ban the EPA
from testing the Air or lack of it, but pass indoor clean air laws
Hypocrites!!!

Sterling

Totally unenforceable - BUT GO AHEAD with "nanny state" politics!

Do any of the legislators ever call a highway patrol trooper to ask them if it can be enforced?

Anonymous

Thousands of children spend countless hours marinating in the toxins of second-hand smoke that wafts in from neighboring apartments or lingers from the previous tenant. Provo may be the only place in the world where you can even find a non-smoking apartment. Most families who care about their children's health have no place to go.

A law that would require a significant separation of smoking and non-smoking housing units would, I believe, benefit far more children and would give families who care about their children the option of a smoke-free environment.

Anonymous

So much for freedom...and Obama is a marxist?!!

Libertarian

I am a Libertarian - for the most part. I believe that the only laws that should be in affect are those that protect the safety of a country's citizens and their freedom to live the life of their choosing.

However, forcing a child to sit in a car filled with toxic chemicals is seriously infringing on that child's right to have a healthy life.

Normally, my reaction is to tell the government to butt-out! Oddly, in this situation, I think they got it right.

Unknown

I can not believe this! I don't know anyone personally who smokes with their kids in the car in the first place. But ultimately it is a parents decision. If this passes, what other rights will they try & take from parents??? They need to let parents be the parents and but out where they do not belong!!!

Anonymous

You know it's funny. When we were kids our parents smoked. They smoked at the dining room table, in the living room even in the car where we would be lucky if they cracked a window. Very rarley did you hear the word cancer and respertory disease's were far less then they are now. Why don't they quit worring about the smokers and try to enforce children going outside to play, running, jumping oh and maybe make it a law that you can only take your kids for fast food once a month. I mean if they are going to interfere with a parents rights, why not really make parents be parents. Cook for your family,make kids play outdoors, We would have a lot less sick and over weight kids. I am not a smoker but let people be responsible for their own kids. It's the smokers fault that the state needs to make up money??? lets be real here! Utah has the lowest tabacco use rates in the country,nonsmoking Housing & apartments alike are everywhere. And kids under 8 what about over 8 they don't care about them?

cbird

Take away Gayle's kids, they will probably thank you. I would hate to see what they are like as adults, they probably get beat up at school all the time as well. Gayle! Stay home where you belong.

Anonymous

Whatever happened to "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"? Why not just let people live their lives the way they want to. Most smokers know the risk when they start and do it anyway so why should they be forced to quit either because they can't afford it or people "don't agree". To each his or her own!!!

Anonymous

Is this about health or about mormons having a problem with everything the rest of the world does and trying to control it?

Geniuses

Utah Legislature: Businesses urged to welcome guns.
So now we're encouraging people to take your gun to work or the grocery store,
bank, anyone?
And we're excited to be able to brandish our guns as a show of force or whenever we like. MLK/Browning Day?
But don't you dare smoke in Your car with Your children cause thats dangerous
hummmmmmm

Anonymous

If Utah is a state with the fewest smokers how will they collect the amount of money they need to make up the budget shortfall?

Jess

Smokers DO have a right to smoke. Tobacco isn't illegal and neither should it be. Liberty is a key part of American culture.

That said, your right to smoke ends at my nose. Liberty has limits. I love hard rock music. Music has never killed anyone but still I'm not allowed to play my favorite Scorpions CD loudly anywhere I like. Why? Because society has deemed it better to restrict my freedom in the name of a greater societal good; namely, the right to reasonable peace and quiet. Similarly, I have the right to expect fresh air and not be burdened by the putrid smell of smoke. I'm not even considering that it may in fact be dangerous to me. The debate about small doses of second hand smoke isn't settled. I don't care. It stinks and isn't a bit less annoying to society than my loud music.

As for kids in cars or closed rooms - no debate there. High concentrations of fine particles in cigarette smoke are dangerous to children. It is child abuse no matter what anyone says. No new law is needed. Just enforce the existing child abuse laws. Arrest them!

Davis

It is CHILD ABUSE. The kids have no choice, none at all. Smoking is legal but poisoning kids with otherwise legal substances is still criminal and needs to be stopped. Many of my family members smoked while I was growing up and I still suffer the medical consequences of the poisons 40+ years later. I never visit them, not even for their funerals. Why stand or sit in a group of smokers to 'honor' them. If they can't quit while the health of those around them is effected they really don't care about their family and friends.

cbird

@ Jess: Sure like we have plenty of room in our jails and prisons. GET A LIFE!

Re: cbird | 4:40 p.m

As if prison is the only punishment in our justice system. Seriously, a little thinking would do you some good. How in the world could anyone defend smoking around kids?

uncannygunman

More second-hand smoke hysteria.

Catherine

Let smokers smoke as much as they want- all the live-long day for all I care. But when their right to smoke affects someone else's ability to breathe clean air and forces someone else to walk amongst their cigarette butts littering sidewalks, lawns and streets, or to have to keep their own apartment windows closed because someone is smoking outside, that's where it needs to stop.

This law is here to protect those of us who wish not to be affected by someone else's unhealthy habits- in particular, children in a closed vehicle who don't really have a choice whether to get in a car with a smoking adult who obviously lacks the ability to make wise decisions on their own.

Go smoke like a chimney but leave everyone else out of your plumes of death and YOUR decision to poison and slowly kill yourself.

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