California jumps on ban-wagon re smoking in cars

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"Who is the state to tell you how you can and cannot raise your children?" That's the question Robert Best, state coordinator of the Smoker's Club Inc., a smokers' rights group, asks. Sure, if my kid comes home with anything less than an A on his report card, it's my right to pour boiling water on him as a punishment, right? And, why should the state be able to stop me from beating him with a baseball bat to make sure he doesn't turn out to be gay or, even worse, republican? And now, California wants to make it illegal to smoke in a car when children are present. The nerve!

The thing is, these are not the same as taking a child to church or buying a little girl a toy truck. Secondhand smoke affects children's actual, physical health, and if the parents cannot make the right decision about what's best for the kids, then the government needs to step in -- for the good of the children and for the good of society. According to the American Lung Association, "Secondhand smoke is responsible for between 150,000 and 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections in infants and children under 18 months of age, resulting in between 7,500 and 15,000 hospitalizations each year, and causes 1,900 to 2,700 sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) deaths in the United States annually."

I have no problem if you want to smoke. If you're an adult, are aware of the effects, and are willing to forgo the state paying for health care related to problems caused by tobacco, have at it. Just don't try to bring the rest of us along for the ride, and certainly don't involve your kids. I'm all for this bill and hope it becomes law quickly.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.