First of all, who still smokes cigarettes? I mean, really? Don’t we all know by now how filthy and disgusting and treacherous they are?
Second of all, who possibly smokes cigarettes around kids? Kill yourself however you want, but your kids, too? Really?
Kudos to New York Assemblyman David Weprin, who announced a couple of days ago that he’ll be pushing for new legislation in his homes state that makes it illegal for adults to smoke in cars if kids under 14 are present.
The ban would be in effect even if the windows are rolled down. The goal, obviously, is to reduce the amount of secondhand smoke to which kids are exposed.
“A child under the age of 14 is less likely to speak up,” said Weprin, according to the New York Daily News.
The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees, saying, “Not smoking in a car is just as important as making sure children are in car seats and have seat belts on.”
Weprin said the bill wouldn’t violate constitutional rights, just as the seat-belt and texting laws don’t. Police will be able to pull over drivers they believe are in violation of the law and inquire about the age of the passengers. The fine would be $100 for those found to be breaking the law.
New York would be the fifth state — behind Maine, Louisiana, Arkansas and California — to pass such legislation.
I can’t imagine there’s anyone who could possibly be against this legislation. But then again, I can’t believe there are still people who still smoke cigarettes.
Is there any reason why this ban shouldn’t pass?
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