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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, 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?

William Flamme February 17, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Good idea! Next, I hope the government bans smoking everywhere. There is no good reason why something so harmful should be so readily available. It makes no sense why anyone under the age of 50 ever started smoking. We all grew up knowing how harmful it is.
Sandra February 17, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Let's ban Big Macs!
Jaimie Cura (Editor) February 18, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Bethel Facebook readers weighed in too. Dana Carpiniello Eaton: I hate seeing people smoking in cars with kids, but I wish people would use their own brains so we didn't have to pass bills about stuff like this. C'mon people, common sense. You need your government to tell you this is stupid? Christine Mahoney Morris: Slow moving. I first heard about this when we moved up here 6 years. Great law. Carla Franzin Crowell: Yes!!! Bethel Photoworks: Ban them all together! Jan Moy: I think it's a great idea; I don't allow smoking in my house. BUT where does it end? This is private property. Can/will they ban smoking in one's own home???? And then what??? www.facebook.com/bethelpatch
Bill Hillman February 18, 2013 at 03:09 AM
I don't smoke, don't think people should smoke around young kids, but more important than that, I a;so think we have too much nanny state type idiots posing as legislators. There's no way the state should get this much into people's personal choices.... but I understand, "it's for the children, if we can "save" only one from a bout of bronchitis, any new law is a good thing. Hows this, fix Connecticut's budget and tax-spend crazy government, that's what our government's supposed to be getting paid to do.
Michael Duff February 18, 2013 at 02:51 PM
I bet the children would be happy!
Jaimie Cura (Editor) February 19, 2013 at 06:34 PM
The notion of nanny states was mentioned on the Bethel Patch Facebook page. Do you feel there's a rise in the nanny state-mentality in Connecticut? Here's the latest thoughts from residents: (www.facebook.com/bethelpatch) Greg Noel: Nanny state. Alice Hutchinson: Tough to enforce when they have trouble enforcing the no phone/no texting law already. I do think the idea has merrit, though. Rob Wallace: My fondest memories are of the headaches I'd get as a young child riding in my grandmas Ford LTD with the windows up and her and my great grandma chain smoking Benson & Hedges. You want to rob our future children of this happiness? Susan Borgarding Stankiewicz: Nanny statism is on the rise which will eventually affect you negatively. I don't allow smoking in my personal places (home and car) but this is an infringement on personal freedom. When will it end?
Susan February 20, 2013 at 08:20 PM
This may be a great idea, but really there are a lot of other harmful things we adults do to our children. Let’s see how about we ban guns, videos games, ban certain music, ban alcohol, ban parents from yelling in front of our kids, ban foul language, and ban cell phones in cars to name a few. The list can go on and on. Our kids watch us closely. They are repeating what we do so we are the source of all their bad behavior or jeopardizing our children’s health. So how are we to “Ban Stupidity?”
My Name February 25, 2013 at 01:39 AM
How about we ban the law form trying to regulate common sense. Adults know you screw up you deal with the end result . We should not be allowed to be awarded for bad judgement . The world would be a better place if everyone knew that should do something and you get hurt or lose money a lawyer will not be in waiting to fix it for you

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