Comments about ‘Smoking in cars with children poised to become illegal in Utah’

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Published: Friday, March 1 2013 5:25 p.m. MST

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cjb
Bountiful, UT

This is a good law. Parents do not have a right hurt their children. Yes ... Sometimes government can and must be part of the solution.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

If we can't pass this law for the reason that
Government shouldn't tell parents what to
do or not to do with their kids, then why not
just get rid of all child abuse laws, and
compulsory education laws?

one old man
Ogden, UT

While I agree with the idea behind this, I'm baffled by why the legislature won't ban cell phone use and texting by ALL drivers because doing so would "interfere with their rights."

Something isn't making much sense.

DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

Why not just ban smoking entirely?

I oppose this law as interfering with freedom of choice for parents. Too much "nanny state" intrusion, even if it is described as being "for the children". You cannot legislate common sense or morality.

alternate
Salt Lake City, UT

I think smokers should be banned from flicking their ashes and butts out of their car windows. Even in the dead of winter you see drivers with their window down a 2 or 3 inches so they can dump their stuff. Heaven forbid they want to dirty their car!

xscribe
Colorado Springs, CO

DN, That would be exactly what it is, freedom of choice "for the parents," if this were to not pass. The kids would have no say in the matter. Reading other posts from you on a variety of topics, it seems you would want to protect children in these types of situations. While I agree you cannot legislate morality - this obviously won't stop parents from smoking in the home with the kids present - I believe you can certain legislate it to the extent it is visible, and make it punishable. That has already been established with other "morality" laws!

Moabmom
Moab, UT

Another "nanny state" law. Honestly, for a conservative state, Utah really needs to get out of the social engineering business. All you do with dumb laws like this, is give the "clean air nazis" and government more power and parental rights are lessened every time something like this is passed. Like DN Subscriber 2 said, "You cannot legislate common sense or morality."

not here
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

I can't wait till someone takes it to court and to see if even passes the test on infringement of a persons rights, to do what they want on and in there property.

Tracy M
South Jordan, UT

"The fact of the matter is we all do things that are harmful to our children," Henderson said.

Wow! That statement really bothers me. We are talking about knowlingly harming a child. Yes we all make mistakes and may unintentionally cause some harm to our children. But I would NEVER knowlingly cause physical harm to my child. Nor would anyone I know. This bill is aimed at the very small number of people that are knowlingly causing harm. I'm astonished that all parents have been lumped into that category by our Senator.

stevo123
slc, ut

Senator Dayton called people who support the bill "clean air nazis". Looking over the Wasatch front air today, and looking at what Ms. Dayton has done for the polluters I would have to call her comment" profound"

zoar63
Mesa, AZ

What about parents smoking in their homes?

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