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Bill Would Ban Smoking While Driving With Youngsters

February 20, 2013 by  

Bill Would Ban Smoking While Driving With Youngsters

If the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, the southbound cars may have Connecticut plates — and their occupants may be wearing nicotine patches.

Well, that’s not an entirely fair generalization to make about motorists in the Constitution State. But if they’re parents who smoke, they may soon be able to thank the State Legislature for relieving them of the pesky task of having to exercise parental discretion for themselves.

Connecticut House Bill 5280 really does take all the headache out of a driver’s having to make the gut-wrenchingly tough decision not to hold “…a cigarette, cigar, pipe or similar device to, or in the immediate proximity of, his or her mouth while the vehicle is in motion or at rest” while children who are younger than 7 years old, weigh less than 60 pounds and are duly strapped into their child restraints are present in the car.

Admittedly, the bill doesn’t categorically target parents; it would apply equally to any adult vehicle occupant, be it a carjacker, the cab driver or sketchy Uncle Joe. And the bill’s only punitive provision is to issue violators a warning.

If it lacks teeth, then, what is it? Grandstanding? A red herring to preoccupy the media while the Connecticut House Committee on Transportation wades through ephemeral proposals? Well-intentioned proxy parenting?

The latter is most troublesome because it further advances the prevailing American culture of displaced responsibility, of law supplanting individual decision making, of policy encroaching on personal discretion.

Is any kind of smoking bad for kids?


Do I have a child’s best interests at heart if I tootle down Interstate 91 with a pack of Camels on the burn and a pack of rug rats in the back?

Likely not.

Do I live in a Nation that endows me with a citizen’s measure of liberty — and a commensurate measure of responsibility — sufficient to make decisions like those on my own?

Well, do I?

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Harold Olsen

    Personally, I think this is a good idea. I do not think people should smoke in the presence of children. Not only should this apply to smoking in cars where children might be present, but in rooms where children are present as well.

    • rendarsmith

      I agree with you. While I’m not in favor or government intervention, I do believe the children should have the freedom to breathe clean air. So where is the balance?

      • Robert Smith

        Common sense is where the balance is. Go outside, open a car window, or just wait a little while. It’s that simple.

        But then, I don’t expect those “conservatives” to understand moderation for themselves. After all, they are the ones who want absolute access to guns and deny women abortion.

        But after the kid is born it’s open season.


      • http://aol CommonSense4America

        For Robert Smith: it’s really just a later term abortion. Whats the fuss?

    • An Old Seabee

      “Hello, 911, what’s your emergency?”…..”Uh, my Dad just lit a cigarette in the living room and I wanna go in there, will you come and put it out for me?”

  • dan

    …I’d be dead if I’d been belted in…as it was I spent my childhood with my nose in the partially opened window trying to get air as my dad had a heater constantly filling the car with eye-burning fumes. A pack or two a day… at least a carton a week.
    He’s 88 with one lung gone and the cancer is finally going to consume him…although he quit smoking about twenty years a go when he decided he wanted to live forever…and Medicare started paying his bills.
    I really hate cigarettes…but I’m OK with pipes and cigars…just not in enclosed spaces.

    • Robert Smith

      Thee is no question that second hand smoke can kill.

      They want freedom to smoke and kill others, but the decision to have an abortion is denied to those they don’t approve of.

      Another demonstration of the complete double standard from the “conservative” bunch.


      • http://aol CommonSense4America

        And from the Liberal side of the coin,,,We don’t approve of the death penalty for convicted killers, but we are OK with aborting a baby that hasn’t harmed a soul.

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  • ibcamn

    More rights going right out the window!it’s the stupid people(ellitist)think they know whats right for you,iyt’s just another control issue,that’s all it is,they want to control you!!in every thing you do!they want to be able to say i know whats right for you,i’m doing this for you and your children,(because clearly you don’t know what’s good for you and your children).people,wake the f#*k up!little peaces,bit by bit,they are taking CONTROL.

  • ranger09

    I really have the Answer to Obama, He regrets that he was born part Black, But it allows him to jump on the Black peoples wagon, While a lot of white people side with him so as not to feel like they are Racists.

  • ranger09

    And he like all the rest is nothing but a Israel Puppet.

    • Vigilant

      Well, That’s two comments in a row that have absolutely NOTHING to do with the topic or thread of discussion. I suspect you are a liberal shill, paid to provoke inflammatory comments from wackos to make the right look bad.

      Either that, or your attention span is so low that you forget the topic as soon as you look at it.

  • Howard C

    Children have rights too and I agree that parents a lot of times don’t care what their children think or feel about their bad habits. My Dad smoked when I was a kid and the smell gave me the worst headaches, so I agree with this. Laws are supposed to protect me from you anything more than that is excessive.

  • http://aol CommonSense4America

    And yet in NJ a group of five Judges said it was OK for a woman to smoke crack cocaine just 48 hours before giving birth. The baby has cocaine in its system.


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