The ACT Government’s ongoing efforts to teach you how to be a parent have advanced a pace.
Sometime overnight a media release went onto the Open Government website advising that yesterday was the start of the smoking in cars ban:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher MLA today welcomed the start of the ban on smoking in cars with children under the age of 16.
“Children have a right to be protected from the health effects of tobacco smoke when they are in a car,” the Chief Minister said.
“The ban will be enforced by ACT Policing. Those found to be smoking in a car with children will have to cough up a $250 on the spot fine or up to $5,500 if the offence is proven in court.
“While it is an adult’s right to choose to smoke and expose themselves to all the associated and well-known health risks, this ban aims to protect children who could not otherwise protect themselves.
It’s OK for 16 and 17 year olds to passively smoke? Interesting!