Smoking in cars

A colleague of mine is putting forward a 10 Minute Rule Bill next week, supported by The British Lung Foundation, calling for smoking to be banned in private vehicles where there are children present.  There is also an EDM on this. I’ll be supporting it, but I suppose some people would say what’s the difference between this and banning parents from smoking in their own homes?

I don’t think parents should smoke indoors, but politicians have avoided going down the route of banning it. I think most think it is just too difficult territory; it raises serious questions about the extent to which the State could/ should dictate what people do in the privacy of their homes, and what decisions they make about how to bring up their child.

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  • Rick Margetts  On June 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    “it raises serious questions about the extent to which the State could/ should dictate what people do in the privacy of their homes”

    and this is different to cars how?

    Do we live in a police state? is this a dictatorship yet?

    if not how long before it is.

    • Max Morris  On June 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      I would rather the state impose laws to protect children at the expense of a minor liberty to their parents, than we let completely innocent people suffer or die. By taking away the parents freedom to smoke, we’re giving their children the freedom not to experience serious health problems.

      I say ban it in homes as well!

  • Bobtoldmetodoit  On June 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Oh you gotta love the vehement anti-smoker camp – why not ban it alltogether – who really benefits from smoking when more than 85% of the price of a packet of death-sticks is tax ? Yup – the government – and where are they going to get that £8bn+ in revenue from once they manage to stamp it out ?

    And how is it going to be enforced? The ban on hand held mobile phone use while driving is widely flouted.

  • Invictus_88  On June 14, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    If the priority of the government was to prevent deaths and suffering of the innocent, I can that of some important areas for URGENT reform before one beging prattling on about who smokes where..

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