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Thank You For Not Smoking In The Car With Your Kid

It is being reported that The Bangor City Council (in Maine) approved a measure on January 8, 2007 that prohibits people from smoking in vehicles when children are present. The violation will be considered a primary offense, which means police can pull over vehicles if they see somebody smoking with anybody under 18 in the vehicle.

It grosses me out that people even smoke with kids in the car in the first place, so this ban definitely gets my vote. It's frightening that there was enough of a problem that passing a law was necessary to protect children's health.

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DStirk DStirk 10 years
i mean seriously beaner, that would be a major step. and i totally agree with butrfly, so amazing that people will buckle up to protect themselves from getting a ticket but not to protect themselves (or their kids) from death or serious injury resulting in a car crash... ah this society! drives me nuts.
Beaner Beaner 10 years
Way to go Maine. Now when can they ban cigarettes in general?
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
sad how it took people hundreds of years to pass this one!! I wish it was like that here. To me, parents who smoke in a vehicle with their kids who have no say over the fact that their parent or parents are sucking in something that contains over 4000 toxins............and slowly killing their kids in the process by the nastiness they blow out!!! SELFISH if ya ask me!
Bonne Bonne 10 years
It is great idea. Hopefully it'll move to Ohio too
rubialala rubialala 10 years
This is great, I can't believe that there are people out there who smoke around their kids. I see it every day, but I still can't believe it.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
YAYAYAYAYAYYAYAY!!!!!!!!!! One for the kids! I'm so anti-smoking and pro-kids, I would like to get that in MN!! I never even THOUGHT it could be illegal!!! I'm still on my daily 'crusade' trying to get people to buckle their kids up!! I have a system - my sign "KIDS NEED SEATBELTS", my camera phone, 911. I hate being so nosy, but it really bothers me to see people who think it's okay to drive down the highway at 70 mph with nothing to protect their kids. But, of course, they wear their own belts - to avoid a ticket. I have been really wanting to push to get tougher punishments for endangering kids (in MN, it's like a $40 ticket or something!), maybe I should get off my arse and do it, along with THIS.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Just saw a CNN interview with the 9 year old boy who spearheaded this campaign. Good for him. Too bad, though, that we have to legislate what should be common sense.
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