As a smoker of over 40 years my initial reaction was ‘quite right too’. Although my wife and I have smoked since being young teens we never smoked around our daughter after her birth – nor did I smoke around my wife during pregnancy. After our daughter was born it was ‘just popping into the garden for a smoke’. If we went on any long car journeys we would light up enthusiastically once we’d pulled over for a coffee and got out of the car.
My initial enthusiastic support for this impending new law has started to wain though as I think it through.
Admittedly there will always be modern day Neanderthals who will cheerfully blow smoke into the eyes and nostrils of their offspring but, in general, they will be the sort of people who, frankly, shouldn’t be allowed to breed (that isn’t meant to sound like the Nazi’s by the way but I see people like that every day. Basically, thick and stupid and, as often as not, violent with the least provocation) but they are still in the minority.
The vast majority of parents, in my experience, are fully aware of the dangers of exposing their offspring to second hand smoke so, like my wife and I in the past, refrain from smoking in their homes and cars already. As a smoker I hate the smell of stale smoke in a house.
How long will it be before a law is passed forbidding smoking in your car period? How about a law banning smoking altogether for ‘health and safety’ reasons.
I don’t smoke in my ‘work car’ obviously, but both my wife and I do smoke in her car and will continue to do so regardless of any future law banning it. Why? Because, as long as the only people we are harming is ourselves it is our civil liberty to behave as we wish within the laws of the land. Changing, or creating, a law to criminalise law abiding citizens is not on.
The ‘Nanny State’ has been invading our privacy for too many years and must be fought against.
“SMOKING IN THE OPEN AIR? POLLUTION CRIME! 20 YEARS IN THE ISO-CUBES CITIZEN! I AM THE LAW!”
It could happen you know – and sooner than we think.
Got a light?