Herbert signs bill banning smoking in vehicle with kids

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  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    April 1, 2013 10:11 p.m.

    Children cannot advocate for themselves. Someone else needs to do it, even if it is not a family member.
    Remember! Children are the future of our country. If we cannot protect them when they are young, who is going to protect us when we are old?

  • milojthatch Sandy, UT
    March 30, 2013 4:22 p.m.

    I can not believe the heartless comments found on this board. We are talking about the rights and liberty of children. CHILDREN!!

    Yes, I wish that we didn't need laws like this passed and that everyone just didn't subject children to harmful things like second hand smoke on their own. Sadly, mankind has shown time and time gain life isn't that perfect and we need laws like this to save lives.

  • Republitarian SAINT GEORGE, UT
    March 29, 2013 12:11 p.m.

    More government intrusion into people's lives. Isn't this fun.

  • Tawsha Kitchener, 00
    March 29, 2013 6:58 a.m.

    I just wanted to say that we have had a smoking by-law in place for awhile now and it is working. No one is allowed to smoke in cars with children present. Common sense has gone so far out the window that now in Canada and the United States laws must be passed for people to do the right thing!!! How sad that we cannot govern ourselves better!!

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 28, 2013 8:25 p.m.

    The label of this article should have been on the education part more than on smoking. Kids without education will be smoking but kids with real education in a public school system is what we need.

    Schools needs standards and they already have that in a bill that was passed in 2011 and which the President of the Utah Senate had been deeply involved with the process over the past 2 years. This was a PCE push sitting next to the sponsor of this ill bill. The Governor is correct that there is a viable system in place. This was passed in the last day of the Legislature and pushed through the process while the Lt. Governor and Attorney General's bill that they couldn't investigate themselves was the highlight.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 28, 2013 8:05 p.m.

    While I agree with the intent of this law, I can't help but grin at the irony of passing something like this, while at the same time failing to pass a law making texting and using cell phones illegal for anyone -- adult or teen. While refusing to pass something like that because it might intrude on private rights, this one is somehow okay.

    Well, I guess that makes sense somehow -- but only in Utah.

  • harleyrider1778 washington, pa
    March 28, 2013 6:14 p.m.

    Just open the window!

    They cant prove harm to anyone via second hand smoke much less children!

  • Kent Buckner West Valley City, UT
    March 28, 2013 5:24 p.m.

    Even as a non-smoker, this is a dumb law. Who is going to enforce it? Those who smoke in cars also smoke in their home. Will home smoking be the next target? We already have 'Lunch Nazis' at the schools assuring that students don't buy junk food at school so they go to the local store and buy it anyway. Perhaps the Government should begin restricting food intake for fat people and force-feed those who are too thin. This is another step in the wrong direction as the Government continues to try to control our lives.

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    March 28, 2013 5:21 p.m.

    Smoking in front of a child period is child abuse. It is a toxic odor. It should not just be banned in cars. Do some research on second hand smoke. Don't even get me started on pregnant women who smoke.

  • dlw7 LOGAN, UT
    March 28, 2013 5:01 p.m.

    About 125 new bills passed thru the Legislature this year. The ones the Governor signs will become law. I, for one, don't have a clue what most of them are...just the ones that the media raises questions about. It does appear that number over a period of time would be overkill. It would be interesting to know exactly the number of laws that are in the Utah Code now and if some of the bills suggested by the Legislature are unnecessary

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    March 28, 2013 4:31 p.m.

    Please sign the bill, Governor Herbert, for the safety of defenseless children. Save your veto any bill that gives Utah water to Southern Nevada.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 28, 2013 4:22 p.m.

    So Governor Herbert doesn't want to tell drivers that they can't smoke with little kids in the car, but "Nanny" Herbert is okay with telling hunters who can legally carry a loaded firearm openly that they can't unload it and put a coat on.

    Sorry Guv. What you really ought to be concerned about are your mixed messages.

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 28, 2013 3:31 p.m.

    If we are not banning smoking in Utah, we shouldn't ban smoking in someone's home or car. It isn't good for anyone to smoke anyway. Veto the bill.

    SB 271 should not be vetoed. The Schools are already not complying with the current law and SB 271 makes it easier for them to all not get poor grades. Because of that the state school board which ignored the law and created their own system doesn't want SB 271 vetoed.

  • Dektol Powell, OH
    March 28, 2013 3:01 p.m.

    So the Governor of Utah supports Child Abuse. What else do you call poisoning kids who have NO CHOICE in the matter?
    Utah Family Values sure are showing here.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    March 28, 2013 2:41 p.m.

    "There's some concern of liberty, of the government being too much of 'nanny state,' you know, on making us do things,"

    What about the liberty and rights of a defenseless child?