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...when children younger than 8 are present.
Drivers would be subject to a $50 fine if they smoke when passengers under age 8 are in the vehicle.
Awesome. But why stop at 8? Doesn't make a lot of sense to me. If you are 9 that is ok? Where can smokers actually smoke? Thank God I quit 15 years ago, seems very difficult.
I'm really big on personal freedoms. Kids in the car don't have the freedom to get away from smoke that could potentially hurt them. This is probably a good law.
I wish ther was a law to ban people who would smoke cigarettes with their 5 year old child in the car from even being able to have kids. Better yet just ban them from existence on earth.
Now the smoking parents are going to be so pissed off and edgy that they'll go nuts and drive their car off of a bridge when their kids stress them out
They should ban people who are dumb enough to smoke in 2013. You are inundated with propaganda from the time you are like 7 until you graduate high school about the dangers of smoking, yet these morons still do it. What kind of person pays a lot of money to intentionally shorten their lifespan and make their overall lifestyle potentially suffer in the future?
do you drink? Do you take any drugs whatsover? Do you eat poorly? Although I agree with you to an extent most people do something that is falling into that category. I have taught myself to hate cigarette smoke but I drink way too much.
Yea but I don't give a shit about that.
UMD, class of 2006
This is different than Bloomy's Big Gulp ban because it you can drink a Big Gulp next to someone and they will never get fat. Smoke is smoke and it cannot be contained to the smoker. And smoking around young children, with underdeveloped respiratory systems is nuts. It's sad that we need a law for this -- and we can argue that -- but the fact is many stupid parents still engage in this reckless bahavior.
Does that mean if you want to smoke in the car with your child - you will have to carry their birth certificate or another form of ID?
this is the first thing i thought of. picturing that scenario is hilarious.
im sorry i was confusing...your "Superbowl" was the Redskins losing since you know that the Ravens cant win it all.
Something very worrying about you calling people dumb when you're applauding the government for stripping away our personal freedoms one by one.
I guess the burden of having to make decisions in your day to day life has become too heavy to shoulder. Though it does sound like that propaganda has done a damn fine job brainwashing you.
Where I did mention being in support of this ban? I'm a libertarian who believes people should be able to smoke at bars.
Smoking is different than most things because if I stand next to someone, I don't consent to having to inhale 2nd hand smoke. That's infringing on my rights.
This is dumb because virtually every smoker has the window rolled down when they smoke, leaving just minimal amount of smoke in the car. Meanwhile the kid spends 14+ hours a day living in a house with a smoker which is going to pose a much larger risk.
Why not just take kids away completely if their parents smoke? That's probably where we are headed.
So you think people should be able to smoke at bars, but ban people who still smoke in 2013.
Why are you so stupid?
last wknd i was waiting for a friend at the metro and a morbidly obese woman waddled by someone smoking and did the fake cough fan the smoke away, and then walked across the street and went into wendys. i cannot wait for the day when it is socially acceptable to make comments and degrade fat people eating cheeseburgers.
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What are all these personal freedoms I've been stripped of over the years? I think I've missed them.
LOL at comparing smoking cigarettes to drinking or smoking pot. In moderation, drinking/weed are far better for you than cigarettes.
In moderation is the key there
Right. Abusing anything isn't smart.
I'd also argue that far more people drink in moderation than smoke cigarettes in moderation. Most smokers don't just smoke a couple of cigarettes a day.
I'm pretty libertarian about issues like this and generally think laws like this are stupid, but I don't agree with your logic.
A smoker's car absolutely stinks of smoke regardless of them having their windows down. There's certainly plenty of second-hand smoke in the car.
Sure, but so does the house and the kid is there far longer than trips in the car. My fad smoked a ton and the house was always worse than the car.
The point is if someone told you 10 years ago that it would be illegal for people to smoke in their own cars, you'd call them a heretic and burn them at the stake. Now it's happening. Next they'll ban it in your own home and then ban it altogether. Then the crosshairs will have to be focused on something else, something I may actually like, so it's time to take a stand and stop all these BS laws about people making poor health decisions.
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