Res­i­dents share views on smok­ing ban

The Compass - - NEWS - BY DENISE PIKE

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:

Don, Whit­bourne

“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.”

Yvonne, Dildo

“ 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.”

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