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    Talk about a stretch.......

    I was watching one of the many news networks, and on a talk show, there was some senator from California sponsoring a bill to make smoking in a vehicle with a child inside illegal. It also sounds like other states are moving towards pushing this too. That seems a bit over the edge to me.

    If by some amazing chance that this bill was ever passed, I can't see a very large effort to enforce it. What do you think?
    Last edited by styguy531; 07-03-2006, 12:37 AM.

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    Be great if it passes. Be even greater if it is enforced.

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    • #3
      I would definitely enforce it. A study just recently announced by the attorney general has shown the toxic effects of second-hand smoke. It has been proven time and time again that it can be just as dangerous as takin a drag off a cigarette. Children obviously don't get the choice of whether they want to ruin their lungs/lives when they breathe in what their parents blow around in the car.

      Funny this thread was started. I observed a pregnant woman smoking last night. I would have arrested her for child endangerment if I could have.
      I'm 10-8 like a shark in a sea of crime..

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      • #4
        I belief that in Chicago you cant smoke in your vehicle anymore. Not sure but I know they trying to make it a smoke free town. I wouldnt mind for this reason....if you wanna mess with your health go for it but dont mess with your childs health.

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        • #5
          Yes exactly. I was around my dad's smoking when I was younger and I developed asthma..which I still have. I am not saying that caused it right out, but it certainly did NOT help at all.

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          • #6
            Great, due to pressure from various areas, these laws are passed.

            However, I grew up in a home where my mother smoked, my father smoked, and I am an ex smoker myself.

            One thing I can't stand, it smelling like cigarettes. I turned out ok, and I remember being in smoke filled rooms and cars. Infact, I went though the academy as a smoker and was one of the top runners in my class.

            I really believe that second hand smokes' effect is over rated. Even as an ex smoker who hates the smell of smoke, I really get urked when someone "smells" someone smoking a good distance away and decides to make a show out of coughing up a lung to point it out to the guy or girl with the cigarettes.

            I believe that there are those who are effected more than others by second hand smoke. It is those people that the anti smoke campaigns attatch to. With that said, I also believe that one should not smoke in a closed room or car with others.

            I may seem insensitive. So be it. I have been on both sides of this line. And I am sorry if I am ranting or deviating from the central topic a bit.

            I have had in-laws that have died from enphazima directly caused by his smoking. And I have seen blood relitives who have smoked for 60 years and are as healthy as someone who may have lived in any metro city breathing smog filled air for the same amount of time.

            Really, the point I am trying to make: Smoke in the car if you want, just open some windows.

            People who think they are going to die because they smelled smoke once when they were at the mall should choke on their tounge.

            Statistical studies on second hand smoke are based on continuous exposure in a closed environment. That type of environment is the type I am more than willing to help prevent. Again, I use the word however, second hand smoke does not have the same effect as the studies when you can smell someone smoking in a car ahead of you in traffic, or in a parking lot at the mall.

            edited because I forgot to add: I live near Calabasas. The most nazi city for anti smoking city laws. As of last week or so, one can not smoke in public at all within the city limits. You heard right, no smoking in public at all.
            Last edited by ejay; 07-03-2006, 01:52 AM.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by ejay
              Great, due to pressure from various areas, these laws are passed.

              However, I grew up in a home where my mother smoked, my father smoked, and I am an ex smoker myself.

              One thing I can't stand, it smelling like cigarettes. I turned out ok, and I remember being in smoke filled rooms and cars. Infact, I went though the academy as a smoker and was one of the top runners in my class.

              I really believe that second hand smokes' effect is over rated. Even as an ex smoker who hates the smell of smoke, I really get urked when someone "smells" someone smoking a good distance away and decides to make a show out of coughing up a lung to point it out to the guy or girl with the cigarettes.

              I believe that there are those who are effected more than others by second hand smoke. It is those people that the anti smoke campaigns attatch to. With that said, I also believe that one should not smoke in a closed room or car with others.

              I may seem insensitive. So be it. I have been on both sides of this line. And I am sorry if I am ranting or deviating from the central topic a bit.

              I have had in-laws that have died from enphazima directly caused by his smoking. And I have seen blood relitives who have smoked for 60 years and are as healthy as someone who may have lived in any metro city breathing smog filled air for the same amount of time.

              Really, the point I am trying to make: Smoke in the car if you want, just open some windows.

              People who think they are going to die because they smelled smoke once when they were at the mall should choke on their tounge.

              Statistical studies on second hand smoke are based on continuous exposure in a closed environment. That type of environment is the type I am more than willing to help prevent. Again, I use the word however, second hand smoke does not have the same effect as the studies when you can smell someone smoking in a car ahead of you in traffic, or in a parking lot at the mall.

              Yes genetics do play a part. But either way, I never want to inhale smoke into my lungs period. State I live in now makes it illegal to smoke in any building that is not a household, and you must be 25 feet from entrances and ventilation systems that lead into buildings. +1 for Washington State.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Brav989
                Yes genetics do play a part. But either way, I never want to inhale smoke into my lungs period. State I live in now makes it illegal to smoke in any building that is not a household, and you must be 25 feet from entrances and ventilation systems that lead into buildings. +1 for Washington State.
                Sure, I never want to inhale smog from motor vehicles in my lungs at all either. But I get some of the same toxins plus some just sitting in traffic on the freeway everyday.

                The laws you mentioned that are in place in Washington state have been in play here in California for some time now. +1 for the peoples republic, yay.

                Point being with all due respect sir, one may want to never be exposed to the harmful effects of the sun. So one wears sunscreen. That is something that can't be prevented.

                The effects of the toxins of cigarettes can be prevented I agree. But your exposure to it in outside second hand has no more effect on your lungs than the regular toxins already present. I think people overreact.
                "Get this and get it straight! Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison, or the grave. There's no other end. They never learn."

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ejay
                  Sure, I never want to inhale smog from motor vehicles in my lungs at all either. But I get some of the same toxins plus some just sitting in traffic on the freeway everyday.

                  The laws you mentioned that are in place in Washington state have been in play here in California for some time now. +1 for the peoples republic, yay.

                  Point being with all due respect sir, one may want to never be exposed to the harmful effects of the sun. So one wears sunscreen. That is something that can't be prevented.

                  The effects of the toxins of cigarettes can be prevented I agree. But your exposure to it in outside second hand has no more effect on your lungs than the regular toxins already present. I think people overreact.
                  It is illegal in CA to smoke within 25 feet of doorways and in any building that is not a dwelling?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Brav989
                    It is illegal in CA to smoke within 25 feet of doorways and in any building that is not a dwelling?
                    I think it is 20 feet, but yes.
                    "Get this and get it straight! Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison, or the grave. There's no other end. They never learn."

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                    • #11
                      From Wikipedia ..

                      "Washington, 8 December 2005 banned in all workplaces, including bars, restaurants, bowling alleys, and non-tribal casinos. Also bans smoking while standing within 25 feet of a door or window that can open or a ventilation intake. Currently it is the strictest smoking ban by state in the country."

                      "California, 1994 banned in almost all workplaces (excepting tobacconists), including all restaurants, and in 1998 smoking was banned in bars."

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                      • #12
                        California laws: http://www.cigargroup.com/calif.htm

                        Calabasas Laws as I mentioned above:http://www.theacorn.com/news/2006/02..._page/001.html

                        Washington laws are harsh. But as all of us who work in California know, the ninth circut is just as effective here as in Washington in being the wonderful patrons they are.
                        "Get this and get it straight! Crime is a sucker's road and those who travel it wind up in the gutter, the prison, or the grave. There's no other end. They never learn."

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                        • #13
                          Well under the guise of well being of the child I wouldn’t have a problem with it. I am personally disgusted with parents who have the windows rolled up smoking away with kids in the car. Its a despicable sight as far as I am concerned. Its not overly intrusive into dictating how and about what you can parent your kids. Its just stating that this is risky behavior and you aren’t allowed to expose your child to it. No different than pornography is bad for children so even if as a parent you decide so sorry you cant until their 18 because its illegal. I know I am going to get flamed for that last one. I am not trying to draw a connection between smoking parents and those who’s sexually abuse their children. I am ONLY trying to illustrate the fact that the government has in the past officially labeled certain things not for minors and young children and this really is no different than any of the others. Oh and I am a ex smoker and a father as well. So I know what its like to want to smoke and to be hesitant of the government meddling in my ability to parent as I see fit. I really think that what politicians envision putting a stop to is the scene of a mini van windows rolled up with a car pool full of kids going to school and the adult in the front smoking away and the children have no choice but to be exposed. And I for one agree that they deserve that protection.

                          /Rant off

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by styguy531
                            Talk about a stretch.......

                            I was watching one of the many news networks, and on a talk show, there was some senator from California sponsoring a bill to make smoking in a vehicle with a child inside illegal. It also sounds like other states are moving towards pushing this too. That seems a bit over the edge to me.

                            If by some amazing chance that this bill was ever passed, I can't see a very large effort to enforce it. What do you think?
                            I think it should be a felony

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by styguy531
                              Talk about a stretch.......

                              I was watching one of the many news networks, and on a talk show, there was some senator from California sponsoring a bill to make smoking in a vehicle with a child inside illegal. It also sounds like other states are moving towards pushing this too. That seems a bit over the edge to me.

                              If by some amazing chance that this bill was ever passed, I can't see a very large effort to enforce it. What do you think?

                              The idea is good, but it would be rather difficult to manage. SO many smoke (myself incl, but I have never smoked around my child and she's 8) it would be a burden on LE in general responding to this "mobile" issue. You'd have every Dick and Jane sitting in traffic, nothing to do, cell phone in hand observing someone smoking in their car with a child and calling to report it. I can't see having an in car smoking patrol out there sooooooooooo..... :shakes head: I believe that 2nd hand smoke DOES have an effect, different for everyone, but if a parent is going to smoke in the car with child, then they do it at home as well so what are you really accomplishing?

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