Banned: Smoking In Cars With Kids Under 16Posted by: Kenny Chan onJune 17th, 2008
Ontario has joined British Columbia and Nova Scotia in banning smoking in vehicles carrying kids under the age of 16. The offense carries a maximum fine of $250. Critics of the ban argue that this is just another step towards banning smoking in private residences but the Government claims it has no plans under consideration. While Ontario has introduced controversial laws in the past, most are supportive of this one as it is hard to argue against it.
Smoking in Ontario workplaces and public areas, such as bars and restaurants, is already illegal in Ontario, but the new ban will provide an additional level of protection to children under the age of 16 , said Health Promotion Minister Margarett Best.
Other provinces that are also considering similar bans are Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Alberta, which banned smoking in all public areas is not considering extending the ban to vehicles with children.
I find it a shame that we need legislation to control every aspect of our lives and that common sense cannot dictate what we do. Seriously, do we need a law that says when we are driving young kids around that we should not smoke and force them to breathe in all that smoke? Lets ignore the health hazards for a moment. Do we want our kids to smell like cigarette smoke? When I see news articles like the one below I get reminded that, yes we do need these laws.