Published: Sunday, March 17 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Don't be fooled. It's a excuse to stop ya.
Yeah, but George, isn't any excuse to stop smoking a good one?
Not that I smoke, think that anyone should smoke, and I do think smoking around
your kids is a bit of a selfish act. But that is where the problem comes it.
Is being selfish something that needs to be regulated. Eating poor diets harms
kids. Driving outside the law - speed for example - is shown to have a direct
toll on infant mortality. Letting your kids play sports has a very direct
linkage to childhood injuries.... this list just goes on and on and on.At some point, we have acknowledge that there are a lot of parents making
decisions we wouldn't necessarily agree with, because in our eyes, that
behavior introduces risks to kids. I respect doctors, but really, if we
followed every and each recommendation they made, we wouldn't feed our kids
anything - and we would have to wrap them in bubble wrap to protect them from
life's problems. At some point, parents just need to be let do
the best they can, and stop trying to legislate good parenting. Smoking may be
one persons issue, fatty diets may be anthers. We going to legislate that too?
Don't smoke in the car... Especially on your way downtown to get your kids
each a 32 ounce soda, some fries, and a hamburger. And stopping in for a
double-decker ice cream cone on your way home. We've just gotta stop this
madness of killing out kids with smoke in the car.
Why punish law abiding citizens? Smokers will smoke and pollute other
peoples' air no matter what law is passed!
Another problem of affluence my father smoker I sat behind his open car window
and hated the ash. Today I would be in enclosed a/c car. Having spent an
entire med run in maneuvering with three prolific smoker for six hours at a time
I seem to have minor if any lung problems.As to ear infections the cure my
dad used was to blow smoke into my ears. May have been placebo but worked on
ear pain for me.I do remember that there were two pages of pollutants from
cigarette smoke and only one page from other sources on permit class fast attack
I grew up with parents that smoked in the car and house. I hated it and decided
at an early age that I would never follow their example. However, my enire life
has been affected by their habit. I've had asthma and lung conditions
throughout my life. It makes me sick to see parents smoking in a car with their
children inside. I think it's incredibly selfish and harmful.
" I think it's incredibly selfish and harmful."Oh
agreed.... but do you want the government coming into your personal life
deciding which selfish and potential harmful habits you have that might impact
your kids? We already have school teachers who think it is their
responsibility to decide what snacks first graders are allowed to eat. Should
we also have laws the legislate at what temperature kids need to wear coats -
and what the exact weather a light jacket is all that is needed? I
get all the good intentions. I fully support educating people to do the right
thing. But if mom wants to let her 1 year old lick peanut butter from a spoon,
should be make laws that prosecute her? I mean, there might be peanut
allergies..In Utah, home schooled kids have almost no oversight or
accountability. And yet this is not a worry..... if mom breaks the word of
wisdom.... not that deserves a fine. Forget that some home school kids are
doing next to no real school work.Where do we draw the line...
I have never smoked but I believe this would be a stupid law for two reasons.
First, those smoking in cars are also smoking in their own home and children are
present. Is the Government going to try to regulate smoking in homes, too?
Second, the law is unenforceable unless caught doing something enforceable.
That rhetoric is practically meaningless. Nothing will change. Just call it a
good idea not to smoke in the presence of others and don't try to enforce
In the house, if my parents were smoking, I could go elsewhere, including
outside. In the car, the child is trapped. I think it's especially damaging
for babies and small children. I agree that it's a minor intrusion of the
government into our lives, but so are drunk driving laws and dozens other that
are are aimed at saving lives. Incidentally, it's not teachers who decide
the school menus and/or snacks. It's the administrators and others up the
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