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, introduced by state Rep. Henry J. Genga (D-East Hartford), 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?

Steven DeVaux February 19, 2013 at 10:46 AM
Next up by fascist liberals? Law banning smoking in the home with children under 18 living there. Penalty, state takeover of kids and relocation to liberal non-smoking home. Far fetched? 20 years ago, the car smoking law would have been unthinkable. It's all on the spectrum of liberal fascism.
Mel Stimmel February 19, 2013 at 01:43 PM
My (albeit limited) understanding of the distracted driving law in CT prohibits any activity that is not directly related to the safe operation of the motor vehicle. Am I misinformed?
Steven DeVaux February 20, 2013 at 02:18 AM
That includes yawning, sneezing....and the application of makeup on the fly using the sun visor mirror.
Ken February 21, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Risk of injury to the child would be the basis for this legislation. Second hand smoke has been determined to be a health hazard so there is underlying factual basis. I think we can all agree that any parent who smokes in the presence of a child is with out a doubt negligient. Would such a law be overkill? Maybe. Can this issue handled in other ways? Yes. Are these other avenues of educating parents especially about second hand smoke enforceable? No. Smoking in the home is just one of many lifestyle questions that are already asked of both the parent and child by pediatric medical providers. Other lifestyle questions deal with drinking, drug abuse, strangers in the house, hitting, verbal abuse, etc (If there is evidence of hitting, verbal abuse or illegal drug use these do have to be reported to legal authorities.) Part of a medical providers job is to provide education and insight to parents about risks their lifestyle choices could pose to their children. In the school setting I think a protocol exists for contacting parents if their child's clothes smell like smoke. I believe the school nurse is authorized to contact the parents to educate them on the hazards of second hand smoke and the risk it poses to their child.
Steven DeVaux February 21, 2013 at 03:12 AM
School nurses don't have a right to do SQUAT with adults in the community so no we don't all agree...and "strangers in the house" is a lifestyle issue?


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