Ban smoking in car with kids?

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Ban smoking in car with kids?
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Thu, 03-14-2013 - 2:52pm

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Adults who smoke in a car with a child could face hundreds of dollars in fines under a bill approved Wednesday in the Oregon Senate.

If the House gives its approval and Gov. John Kitzhaber signs the bill, Oregon would join four other states with similar measures. Violators would face a maximum fine of $250 for a first offense and $500 for subsequent offenses.

The Senate's 19-10 vote Wednesday did not follow party lines.

Proponents said secondhand smoke is harmful, and minors shouldn't be subjected to health hazards because of their parents' decision to smoke. They say smoke can be trapped inside a vehicle and pool in the back seat where children often sit.

Oregon senate votes to ban smoking in car with kids- http://www.katu.com/politics/Oregon-Senate-votes-to-ban-smoking-in-car-with-kids-197833801.html

What do you think? Should smoking with children in the car be banned?

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Registered: 08-18-2004
Mon, 03-18-2013 - 7:39pm
I think it's about as stupid as the big brother law in NY regarding sugary drinks. Neither law affects me, but I disagree with more and more gov't intrusion into personal lives. And I'm not sure about your view that open windows allow smoke to gather in the back. I guess it would depend on "how" open they are.
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Registered: 04-16-2009
Mon, 03-18-2013 - 5:11pm

A car is a  confined space; smoke has nowhere. IIf the windows are open, air flow about the car will force the smoke back towards the backseats.

In a house, a child can move away from a parent smoking. He can go into another room or the parent can also go outside etc.. The space is less confined; there is better airflow.

Plus, the law is trageted at all adults, not only parents driving their own children.

So no, it is not a stupid law.

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Registered: 08-18-2004
Sat, 03-16-2013 - 7:17pm
It's a stupid law. So some parents quit smoking in the car, big deal. I imagine they spend more time smoking in their house with the kids, so where is the health benefit?
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Registered: 04-16-2009
Fri, 03-15-2013 - 1:44pm
It is here. You can not smoke in a car if there are minors in the car.

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