A new law hit the books January 1st, 2008. Californians can no longer smoke in their car if children are present. Police are unable to pull you over for this but they can impose a $100 fine if they pull you over for something else, like speeding. Has the government gone too far? Is this a violation of personal rights? Many have stated that eventually, smoking in your own home will also become illegal.
We all agree that tobacco exposure is dangerous, but is this really necessary? As a matter of fact, cigarettes are responsible for more than 500,000 deaths nationwide. Should children have to be exposed to this? I see many young children who come in with asthma attacks and frequent lung infections— most have parents who smoke in common. I am hopeful that parents who smoke at home or in the car can find the strength to quit. As mentioned in a prior blog article, Chantix has been proven to be a big benefit to those who want to quit smoking. For those who don’t want to quit, they should consider adding an air purifier/HEPA filter to their child’s room in order to help protect their young lungs.
I am interested in readers feedback regarding this issue? Let me know what you think?