While I certainly don't think any RESPONSIBLE adult should smoke in a car
with children, I think this whole thing is funny as heck.Once again,
we have members of the political party that screams and yells and yowls and
howls about "government interference" in lives of Americans -- and
states.They whimper and whine about such things as environmental
protections, health care advances, and Federal "control" of our state
and taxes.Yet these same people are preparing to invade the private
vehicles of countless of their fellow citizens. I guess it makes about as much
sense as most anything else the do around here.I think there's
a word for this -- and it begins with the letter H.
Yes where does the state of Utah continue or stop in its efforts to protect
children from their parents?Violence on television and movies?Fast foods and restaurants?Motorcycle helmets?Riding in the back
of pickup trucks?Not reading to their kids and not making sure they do
their homework?Making sure they don't leave home wearing gang colors
to school?Locking up the beer and prescription drugs at home?Not
making sure their kids or themselves get counseling when children begin to act
out in school or at home, hitting their siblings, breaking or destroying
property, stealing stuff, setting play fires at home?Allowing premarital
sex without birth control?
**'Study says coal burning in Utah kills 202 a year' - AP - Published
by DSNews – 10/19/10 **'EPA inventory shows Utah's
sources of greenhouse gas' - By Amy Joi O'Donoghue - 02/05/13 -
Published by the Deseret News This is selective legislation.
Remove a persons free agency to do what they want, in their own property
feigning concern for children due to smoking... Utah retains the
title with the most toxic air quality in the nation. **
‘Studies link air pollution to increased risk of strokes and
dementia’ – by Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret news –
02/15/12 **'Northern Utah's air is the worst in the
nation' - KSL - 01/11/10
Your rights stop where mine begin, or in this case, where the rights of children
who cannot defend themselves against a vice that has been concretely proven to
put their health and lives in jeopardy, begin.
While I agree that smoking is bad in any instance, I find it funny that the
politicians in Utah don't have problems with limiting "smokers
rights", yet will go out of their way to protect the rights of groups they
agree with on social and political issues (abortion, guns, etc...)The same politicians claim to 'fight Washington' yet act the exact
same as the Washington politicians within their own districts at home!Again... I believe smoking in any instance is bad, that's why I choose
not to do it.
Ironic -- We worry about the so few children breathing smoke from
tobacco in cars, BUTUtah doesn't seem the least bit concerned
about 100% of all the children breathing the smog in the Valley.Clearly only a Word of Wisdom issue, and not a genuine health issue.
I have seen mothers who were smoking with children in their cars and the windows
rolled up.Its good to see the legislature may do the right thing and
allows police to give a warning and then actual tickets to people who do
this.Yes sometimes government can be the solution.
The children of clueless smokers will thank thelegislature for this.
When I quit seeing red on the Utah air quality maps, then perhaps this
particular item might be worth discussing. Sorry guys -- you are swatting a
horsefly when Count Dracula is in the room.
It is dangerous to force drivers, especially with kids aboard, to go Cold
Turkey. Withdrawal causes distraction, decreased alertness, irritation (road
rage?) and sleepiness. Civil rights are endangered by this added excuse
for police to use "probable cause" to stop and search those with, say,
lollypops, toothpicks, or unlit cigarettes in their mouths.Young people
will need ID to prove they are old enough to survive Environmental Tobacco
Smoke. If the law is based on "tobacco" language, note that any number
of brands may contain zero tobacco, and that plain tobacco itself does not seem
to have been studied yet to justify any bans. "Studies" fail to qualify
“tobacco”. Could be fake tobacco or pesticide-contaminated tobacco
for all we know.Has even one child been diagnosed as harmed by
"ETS" to justify the law? If there was, we’d surely have a
"Billy's (or Becky’s…) Law".“Kid-protecting” legislators permit child-damaging industrial
chemicals (pesticides, dioxins, etc.) in cigarettes, with no specific warning.
Why? Money? Officials blame and prosecute the victims but protectively
ignore the perpetrators of multi-decade crimes of mass poisoning, and mass
experimentation without informed consent. Search "Fauxbacco" for