Residents share views on smoking ban
Last week The Compass asked residents around Trinity and Conception Bays if they supported a smoking ban in cars carrying children? We received a number of responses. Here’s what they had to say:
“Yes I support it. A kid has no choice but to be in a vehicle and it’s the adult’s responsibility to make sure their kids aren’t exposed to second-hand smoke. Nothing looks worse than seeing someone with a cigarette hanging out of their mouth while driving and a couple of kids sitting in the backseat.
Dillon, Bay Roberts
“I support a ban, but I am not sure about pulling people over and ticketing them. I mean parents should have enough sense not to smoke in cars with their children and most don’t. In fact most smokers try to hide that addiction. They don’t want people to see them smoking, much less in front of kids. I am not sure ticketing them is fair.
Basil, Harbour Grace
“Yes I definitely support a ban on smoking in cars carrying children. Anyone caught doing it should get a fine too. If they want to hurt their own health, that’s one thing, but exposing innocent kids to the same is reckless and they should have to pay.”
“ I agree with it. I don’t think many people do that anymore though, maybe just a handful.”
Ron, Bay Roberts
“I smoke and I have never exposed my kids to it. I started when I was just a boy. I don’t want my kids at it and I don’t have a
problem with a ban.”
Vicki, New Harbour
“I don’t think it’s anyone else’s business if I smoke or where I smoke. I’m sick of being treated like I am a horrible person because I smoke. It’s an addiction, not something I am proud of, but it doesn’t make me a bad mother. The next thing the government and the police will be coming in our homes and telling us what to feed our kids I suppose.”
Wanda, Heart’s Content
“Absolutely. Anything that protects the rights and health of kids is a good thing, but I think it will be impossible to monitor. There aren’t enough police around now for the more serious stuff like drinking and driving or drugs. Where in the world will they be able to find the time to catch and fine people for smoking while driving? I just can’t see that happening.”