Ban Smoking in Cars with Kids/Persons Under 18 Present
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Here in New Zealand we have laws that are designed to reduce our smoking rates and we have laws that are designed to protect our kids, including the newly named Ministry for Vulnerable Children - despite all of this, the National Party has rejected a call to ban smoking in cars with Kids or Persons under the age of 18 present.
National's rationale for rejecting is that people will just ignore the laws anyway - but just because someone ignores a law, doesn't mean we shouldn't have it. The law banning the use of handheld mobiles phones in cars is frequently broken, but exists to make our roads safer. Banning smoking in cars is NOT ANTI-SMOKING ... it is simply to make our cars safer for our kids, many of whom have no voice themselves.
Did you know that the toxicity inside a car with just one person smoking, even with the windows down, is as bad as being inside a pub back in the days when you could smoke inside them. That's what some kids have to inhale on a day to day basis.
We know that most smokers would actually support this move because the vast majority of smokers make reasonable choices in relation to smoking around other people. This move acts as a deterrent to anyone else who doesn't immediately see the harm in smoking in a confined space with children.
We have the best possible opportunity to have the Government rethink this, it is an election year. Let's try and get them to see some sense.
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