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By johnboy 4 January 2009 165

On Friday Katy Gallagher announced the release of a discussion paper on protecting children in cars from passive smoking (now known as the more modish environmental tobacco smoke or ETS).

On the one hand it seems like a peculiar piece of nannyism, particularly as it relies on the exceptional abrogations of our rights which we accept in the interests of road safety for enforcement.

On the other hand if they can regulate which electronic devices you can operate while driving why not add the consumption of coffin nails?

The three kites Katy is flying are:

    1. Ban smoking in a motor vehicle when a child under the age of 16 years is present.

    2. Ban smoking in a motor vehicle when any passengers are present.

    3. Total ban on smoking while driving

A total ban on smoking in cars would at least teach the bores who can’t survive without taking a drag every five minutes that in fact it is possible.

If you want to have your say on this (and the New Years timing suggests Katy would rather you did not) then you’ve got until 27 February to sling it in to:

    Mail: Smoking in cars
    Health Protection Service
    Locked Bag 5
    Weston Creek ACT 2611
    Email: hps@act.gov.au
    Fax: (02) 6205 1705

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rikochet 7:33 pm 07 Jan 09

As far as I know, it isnt illegal at this point.
But keep checking as this can change at any given time.;)

Deadmandrinking 6:18 pm 07 Jan 09

rikochet said :

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

This practically equates to me being gaoled. I wish smokers would stop ruining the environment.

LOL.. So I assume that you dont drive a car, dont use plastic bags,and have solar power in your home and recycle your rubbish properly ?

I don’t drive a car. Can I smoke now?

rikochet 5:28 pm 07 Jan 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

This practically equates to me being gaoled. I wish smokers would stop ruining the environment.

LOL.. So I assume that you dont drive a car, dont use plastic bags,and have solar power in your home and recycle your rubbish properly ?

peterh 2:27 pm 06 Jan 09

maybe we need safe smoking rooms.

jakez 2:17 pm 06 Jan 09

I’m largely opposed to any moves in this direction however I can see the appeal of banning smoking in cars with children.

I believe that people should be able to harm themselves however I think this principle applies to adults, I’m not sure children can make these decisions. Thus drinking laws etc.

I don’t think you can make the case for banning smoking in cars with passengers. They as adults get into the car with the smoker. They may not want to breathe smoke however it is not their car and they are not forced into the car. They are invited into this private property subject to certain conditions.

It is for this same reason that I oppose banning smoking in nightclubs and restaurants. It is not a matter of smokers rights or non smokers right but of private property rights. Nobody is forced to go into a nightclub or restaurant, and by doing so they accept the environment within as determined by that particular places rules.

As for smoking it altogether in cars, I imagine the argument would be of a motor vehicle control issue. I suppose that is fair enough however I would want to see some evidence. It would also raise the question of what a drive can and cannot do anymore. Can they eat or drink? Surely that would be just as distracting to driving as smoking.

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