Parents Who Smoke with Kids in the Car: Fine Them?

Most moms will agree with me that smoking is gross and smoking around your kids is even grosser. Not only does it force them to breathe in second-hand smoke, it also sets a bad example. When I recently saw a mom pushing a stroller and sucking on a cig, I was stunned, but of course, there was nothing I could do about it. Yet if New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky has her way, a new law will fine New Yorkers $100 for smoking with children younger than 14 in the car.

I’m wary of laws that try to control people’s personal habits and behaviors. If adults want to smoke, it’s their business. But since the kids are basically captive in mom or dad’s vehicle, they should at least have the right to breathe in clean air. California already has such a law in place. Then again, is the next thing for the government to police and ticket parents who feed their kids nothing but greasy fast food?

Do you think parents should be fined for smoking with kids in the car? Chime in below!

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