Queens, New York assemblyman David Weprin is pushing to make it illegal in New York state to smoke in a car with a passenger under 14, even if the windows are rolled down. Break the law and it could cost you $100.
The proposed ban aims to protect children from secondhand smoke, and adds the age limit because younger kids are less likely to speak up. Four states (Louisiana, California, Maine and Arkansas) have already passed the same law. Weprin wants police to have the ability to stop a car and ask the passengers’ ages if they suspect someone’s smoking around children.
A poll on the New York Daily News website shows that 92% of readers support the law. Do you think it’s fair? Do you ever smoke in the car when kids are riding?
June 24, 2011 at 2:07 PM
Good those kids don't ask for lung cancer :O)
by Jess1231June 24, 2011 at 4:21 PMI agree if that's something the parent chooses they should not subject their children to it.
by PEEK05June 24, 2011 at 6:58 PM
I think this is a great thing.
by nngmommy83June 25, 2011 at 12:19 PM
I totally agree with this and wish it was a law everywhere!!
by bhwrn1June 26, 2011 at 7:24 PM
ITA with this. People are too dumb to do it themselves, apparently. It's ridiculous.
by bhwrn1June 26, 2011 at 7:25 PM
I agree. The kids are not old enough to make ths choice. While I hate that the government might have to get involved, I think it's necessary.
I agree if that's something the parent chooses they should not subject their children to it.
by elasmimiJune 27, 2011 at 7:06 AM
I don't smoke, and I don't think children should be exposed to it. But too much government interference scares me almost as much as cancer.