Secondhand smoke can hurt children — don't smoke in the car with them

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  • Monsieur le prof Sandy, UT
    March 18, 2013 10:36 p.m.

    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 ladder.

  • Kent Buckner West Valley City, UT
    March 18, 2013 4:11 p.m.

    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 the unenforceable.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 18, 2013 3:57 p.m.

    " 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...

  • Monsieur le prof Sandy, UT
    March 17, 2013 10:39 p.m.

    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.

  • Swiss Price, Utah
    March 17, 2013 3:59 p.m.

    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 submarines.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    March 17, 2013 3:56 p.m.

    Why punish law abiding citizens? Smokers will smoke and pollute other peoples' air no matter what law is passed!

  • wrz Pheonix, AZ
    March 17, 2013 3:28 p.m.

    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.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 17, 2013 3:23 p.m.

    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?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 17, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    Yeah, but George, isn't any excuse to stop smoking a good one?

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    March 17, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    Don't be fooled. It's a excuse to stop ya.