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Proposal to Ban Smoking in Cars Headed to Hearing

The bill would apply when children 6-years-old and younger are in the car.


Described as an effort to educate the public on the health risks of second-hand smoke, a proposed bill seeks to ban smoking in cars with passengers 6-years-old and younger.

The bill calls for a warning for the first violation and a ticket and fine for subsequent violations.

"A violation would be considered a secondary infraction because the intent is to educate the public on the health risks of second-hand smoke," according to a press release from House Democrats.

The proposal (HB 5380) will be the subject of a public hearing before the legislature’s Transportation Committee, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20. It will be held in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

Do you support this bill?

REVMAN February 17, 2013 at 04:09 PM
I don't smoke but I think this is going to far as far as BIG brother goes.
Topaz February 17, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Well God knows we don't have anything more important to worry about in CT. Legislators? Dictators? Getting hard to tell the difference.
jane February 17, 2013 at 04:33 PM
I'm with you. Doesn't affect me one way or the other but - REALLY? This is what we hired you people to worry about? I'm thinking something like JOBS might be a tad bit more important.
Donna February 17, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Crazy, just crazy!
Rob February 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM
I guess your children's health means nothing to you idiots.
john davidson February 18, 2013 at 03:15 PM
The smoking gun has shown up and verifies second hand smoke is a joke! Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds. By JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News. Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe. What’s more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already know: For some patients on a crowded organ waiting list, lungs from smokers are better than none. “I think people are grateful just to have a shot at getting lungs,” said Dr. Sharven Taghavi, a cardiovascular surgical resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, who led the new study...........................
john davidson February 18, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Ive done the math here and this is how it works out with second ahnd smoke and people inhaling it! The 16 cities study conducted by the U.S. DEPT OF ENERGY and later by Oakridge National laboratories discovered: Cigarette smoke, bartenders annual exposure to smoke rises, at most, to the equivalent of 6 cigarettes/year. 146,000 CIGARETTES SMOKED IN 20 YEARS AT 1 PACK A DAY. A bartender would have to work in second hand smoke for 2433 years to get an equivalent dose. Then the average non-smoker in a ventilated restaurant for an hour would have to go back and forth each day for 119,000 years to get an equivalent 20 years of smoking a pack a day!
john davidson February 18, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Another Junk Study from CDC most likely funded by a grant from big pharma like their 9 states economic harm study on smoking bans! Below explains how the Junk science of car bans is so JUNKY! Thats why CDC didnt include any measurements of anything in their study.Its normal tobacco control propaganda,questionaires to get a science by headline story tossed out there for the liberal media to spread like poison. Chris Snowden does an excellent job debunking the junk science of car ban science!
REVMAN February 18, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Rob--If smoking is so bad for children ,WHY IS IT LEGAL????Do you really think the state or the government is looking out for your health???People have been smoking in cars since they were invented around 1885. It is a MONEY maker by imposing fines thats all.
Cynthia Kozaczensky February 18, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Will this be as easy to enforce as the "must use hands free device on a cell phone while driving" law. Oh, and nice name calling Rob. When you have no decent argument just insult everyone else.
Jonik February 20, 2013 at 04:14 AM
Have doctors or safety experts provided input into this idea to ban smoking in cars? Legislators ignore or are unaware of the dangers of driving while going Cold Turkey withdrawal from smoking. Some effects are irritation (road rage?), distraction, appetite increase, and sleepiness (sometimes without warning). Also, many will do all sorts of distracting tricks to hide the cigarette if a police car is near. Safe? No. Tobacco (best w/out adulterants) produces alertness...a benefit when driving. It reduces stress (less road rage). It reduces appetite to perhaps minimize distracting eating while driving, it fends off sleepiness, and it provides a pleasant change from the monotony of driving, especially on long trips. Has even one young person been diagnosed as harmed by tobacco smoke, OR even smoke from typical Pesticide Pegs, in a car? If not, there's no health justification for such bans. When a driver, experiencing Withdrawal Symptoms, has an accident, will police note the smoke ban as contributor? Or will legislators immunize themselves from responsibility by blaming the driver? Have civil rights groups weighed in about how this law provides yet another pretense for police to stop and search motorists, even if they just have a lollypop in their mouth ("probable cause") or a passenger who "looks" "under age"? Must young people carry ID to prove they are old enough to handle 2nd hand smoke? Search up "Fauxbacco" to see what else legislators ignore.
Jonik February 20, 2013 at 05:57 AM
Children's heath obviously means nothing to govt legislators who allow industrial chemicals etc in smoking products, and even foods and air and water, that are especially harmful to not just children but also fetuses and pregnant mothers. "Concerned" "Right to Life" people, oddly, don't have concerns about this. Please just look up "Children dioxin", "Children pesticides", "Pesticides tobacco", "Dioxin tobacco", and...of course..."Agent Orange".

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