Lawmakers making another attempt at prohibiting smoking in cars with children

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  • Jeromeo Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 11:55 a.m.

    What about enforcement? Or, is this just another revenue generating scam to poorly prioritize law enforcement and relegate them to status of institutionalized pick-pockets. Beware the wolf in shepherd's clothing. Next thing... tickets for smoking in parked cars: "Utah In-Car Clean Air Act." (it could happen...)

  • Western Rover HERRIMAN, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 10:21 a.m.

    Why do our lawmakers always make the jump from "If there's a law prohibiting X, then people will stop doing X"?

    Their first obligation in a case like this is to see if any other states have such a law, and if so, find out how it's working out for them. If they had done so, and discovered a positive result, they would probably have told the reporter.

    Yes, sometimes a state should be the first to enact a law before other states, but not this one, given how few Utahns smoke.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 20, 2012 9:46 a.m.

    "Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem, said he opposes the proposed bill because it "interferes with people's lives" and individual choice."

    Any Republican who opposes this law is a two-faced hypocrite.

    Republicans feel they have the right to tell a woman who has been raped or whose life is in danger that she has to sacrifice her care and choice and carry the fetus to term - even if it means one or both of them will die, or even if it means she has to then have permission from her rapist to place the baby for adoption -

    but once that child is born, Republicans shouldn't pass laws that force the parent(s) to make sure the born child is cared for and healthy.

    To be anti-abortion in any circumstance and anti this law is the epitome of hypocrisy.

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    Sept. 20, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    From Ted's Head,

    And the child pays with higher respiratory disease rates for no fault of their own; they just had the misfortune of being born to selfish, murdering parents.

  • From Ted's Head Orem, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 7:26 a.m.

    Should reasonable adults smoke in a car with children in it, not all of whom might be their own? No. Can government encourage them to stop? Yes. Can that encouragement include fining them monetarily? Sure. Should it include any other sort of punishment? No. Smokers can still choose to smoke in their cars with children aboard, but they will pay for the liberty to do so. Is that a loss of freedom or just a cost of freedom?

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 20, 2012 6:49 a.m.

    If a parent wants to smoke in a small enclosed space putting their their children at high risk for emphysema or cancer, what business is this of the Gove-a-munt? What does this say about our commitment to freedom? What would George Washington or the other founders think if they knew such a law was being considered? Shouldn't we forgo this law unless or until we can figure this out?

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 9:44 p.m.

    Another enforceable message law. Repeal them all.

  • afrazier5 West Valley, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 8:17 p.m.

    I will repeat this quote I've posted elsewhere as it applies directly to this issue. If you do not believe it, do your own research. THIS is what is happening in America as we speak people - stand up and fight for our rights before we have none!

    "The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation. " Adolf Hitler - 1943

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 19, 2012 7:20 p.m.

    I am not a smoker, and I hate the smell of smoke, and would be happy if no one smoked.

    I would also be happy if no one read the T*****e or voted for Democrats, or lots of other stuff I don't like. However, there are points where the well intentioned nanny-statists need to face reality and quit trying to legislate common sense.

    "But, it's for The Children?" Well, the parents are responsible for the birth, raising and educating of their children. It is up to them to teach good habits and bad habits, and keep them away from people who do dangerous stuff. That includes not smoking in confined spaces with them, or placing them in the care of those who do.

    But, a LAW? What next, mandatory bike helmets, eat your vegetables, don't watch too much TV laws? Will the state take kids away from parents who smoke in cars, or don't force them to eat broccoli?

    When our kids are being doomed to servitude to pay for the huge debt we are leaving them, smoking in cars should be recognized as the least urgent item in the legislature.