ANSWERS: 31
  • I think they should take it one step further.. They should take your children away from you. This would be very okay with me. Why poison innocent lungs? http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/299121
  • No. The fine should be more.
  • $40 doesn't seem like much. I mean, thats 4 packs of cigarettes, and thats IF you get caught. Should be more like $150.
  • well tobacco is one of the killers and children shouldn t have to suffer their parents destruction of themselves
  • It is irresponsible for a parent to even smoke at all if having children.The kids see the parents do it and think it is alright to do so.The parent knows it is a filthy and disease causing habit,and should know better.A $40 fine is not much of an incentive.
  • No. I do not believe one should smoke in their car with children present unless the windows are completely down. Either way, THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO RIGHT TO TELL US WE CANNOT DO SOMETHING LEGAL IN OUR OWN CARS! While I understand the reasoning for this line of thinking, and agree that child safety is important, I do not agree with any law that takes away my rights , in my own car! I own the damn thing, and it is not as if you would find me smoking something illegal in my car. This could harm our rights horribly. Imagine if laws like this were everywhere, and continue to get harsher. Probable cause would go out the window, as cops would see someone smoking in their car and use that as an excuse to search the car for contraband. This stomps all over our rights to protection against unauthorized search and seizure. If laws like this continue, where will it stop? Next they ban smoking in one's home when children are present? You know what that would mean. That any house with children living in it can be inspected without due cause by the authorities, to make sure the children aren't being smoked around. This would be a "back door" for law enforcement to bypass probable cause and due process. Instead of getting a search warrant, all they would have to do is identify someone as a tobacco smoker, and a parent.
  • I am a smoker and doing my best to stop, but I believe children should not be exposed to our poison. Honestly speaking as a smoker the citing should be greater. I truly think the intention is just great. Regards.
  • This is a hard one. People who smoke should not subject others to it esp small children and in such a small enclosed space like a car. But again I am not in favor of giving the govt even more control over daily living. Dilemna for sure.
  • No, Why treat smokers like criminals?
  • The fine should be more. It should hurt not just annoy.
  • Last night I saw a female customer act so bitchy to a young girl who was the cashier at A&P. She expected this girl to go over to the "Courtesy Counter" to fetch her a pack of cigarettes to purchase. The employee behind the CC had to come over and explain that cigarettes cannot be sold on the check out line. Her reply was "What if I have other things to buy?". The said she could pay for them at the CC with the cigarettes. This bitch took her two bags of Pirate Booty, Perrier and multi-pack of Bic lighters off the belt in such a nasty way and left the line. This 16 year old cashier didn't need this aggravation and admitted to me this is the first time a customer was rude to her. Smokers are crazy people.
  • The governor of our state has just signed this very law. And while I think government is being very tough on smokers. Of course, if parents had more sense, they would not do this on their own. I am an ex-smoker and I also think the fine should be higher.
  • I think so. Absolutely. People think that just because the windows are open that the kids won't breathe it in. That's completely untrue. For every 4 cigarettes you smoke, the kids smoke 1. They shouldn't be forced to smoke. I think the fine should be higher. For the record, I'm a smoker (who is on day 2 of quitting) and I don't have kids.
  • NO! This is another attempt by the government to take away our rights and smoking in your own car is your right as a free person. What's next making it so you can't smoke in your own home?! People have to have common sense and the right and freewill to make decisions for them selves in a free society. There is way too much government intrusion into our lives already!!
  • I think 40 dollar is too low. I smoke but I don't smoke around my children. My parents used to smoke when I was in the car and it made me feel quite sick
  • I agree 100% and I think the fine should be $1000 Who cares if they are stupid enough to smoke, their children shouldn't have to.
  • I'm usually against giving the government more power. Unless it is to protect those that can not protect themselves from those with power/responsibility, and the potential to abuse/misuse/neglect it. Since children are in that category of persons who need protection, I am in favor of the law.
  • i'd be all for it I have been forced to smoke for 17 years and its disgusting and makes me sick. there were a few times when I would get out of the car and just throw up in the parking lot and my mom just didnt care and kept making me smoke (all the while telling me not to smoke)
  • I do not like government in homes. That being said, I don't like creating unneccessary health issues for children even more. The fine should be higher, as I think it would make more people stop. I'm also hugely against smoking in a home with children, but I suppose THAT wouldn't be an easy one to enforce.
  • Second hand smoke is a major cause of children's illness -- yet 85% of adults who smoke and who live with a child do not ensure that the child is not exposed to the smoke from their cigarettes. They must be controlled by somebody, and that is why the law was made.
  • We don't need any more laws to keep idiots from killing themselves or their offspring.
  • well its verging on taking away the right to freedom of choice, but then again, by smoking in the car, the other people in the car have lost their freedom of choice any way, they most likely didnt want to have to sit there with someone smoking, but they had no choice, personally, children shouldnt be subjected to the negative effects of an adults life choices.
  • Psh...it's stupid. Why don't they just start crucifying smokers already and get it over with?
  • I think it is ok! It sounds like a very good law to protect children who are forced to sit there and smoke their parents cigerettes without any say because their parents are to selfish to stop the car and get out for 2,3 minutes! Driving around drinking with your kids in the car is illegal-driving around drinking period is illegal, so why should driving around smoking with your kids in the car be ok?!?
  • they have already passed this in Utah.
  • I think that people should be allowed to do as they please as long as they don't hurt anyone else. That being said, second-hand smoke is a very, very large danger to children. It can cause all kinds of lung disease and health complications. This enters the realm of harming another person with your actions, particularly a person who is too young to know any better. If you want to kill yourself, go for it, but I think subjecting a child to second-hand smoke should definitely be punishable with a much higher fine.
  • I would laugh if they did. If people have $40 to spend on cancer sticks they can afford a ticket. That's what they get for smoking in the first place. If you wanna kill yourself do it with a noose like a normal person. I LOVE THIS PLAN!!!!!!!!
  • Yes, it is okay..someone has to protect the kids..if the parents are too selfish to do it, then by all means let the government step in..after all, you are slowly killing the children..now, if you aren't smart enough to figure that out all by yourself, then someone smarter who is looking out for the children should do what they gotta do! :(
  • Fine with me. It's more dangerous for second hand smoke than in almost any other envirnoment. Are they actually going to enforce it? Lots of laws like this don't really get enforced because their aren't enough Officers and they have other more priority duties.
  • i honestly cant stand parents that dare to smoke with young children in the car. If you want to ruin your health, that is your choice. Im sure your child wishes otherwise. 40.00 is too nice of a fine.
  • No. You should be allowed to kill your kids slowly.

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