This was already signed into law in Arkansas by Gov. Huckabee, and is on the books in Louisianna. Several counties in Maine have this law, and Connecticutt, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Vermont are considering similar legislation. Further news about this development can be read at Stateline.org.
I was using this today in a Social Studies lesson with a political cartoon. Sadly, I can’t find it. A man is wondering about ways to help his family while puffing away. His kids are reacting in the back.
Part of me can see the sense in this bill. Smoking is bad for you, and kids are important. They also don’t typically have a choice when you take them to the ball game or to school on how they get there. However, this may be a slippery slope. A car is private property, and smoking is a legal activity. At what point can government intrusion be acceptable, even if it does reap a real benefit to another. Could this law be used to forbid smoking in private residences? Could it lead to censorship of music, television – of course the ACLU will want to make sure that child-porn is exempt – I kid.
Not a black and white issue. Kind of grey and smoky.