Anti-smok­ing bill passes in lieu of com­mon sense

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES -

The bill bar­ring smok­ing in cars with chil­dren as pas­sen­gers is on the verge of be­com­ing law on Oahu. This very well could re­duce the exposure of kids to sec­ond­hand smoke, at least while they’re rid­ing along. That in it­self is not a bad thing, but the ques­tion arises: Does this mean the in­te­rior of a per­sonal car is no longer a pri­vate space? Once Bill 70 is signed by the mayor, as ex­pected, it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how it is en­forced. Will po­lice be watch­ing for puffs of smoke at stop­lights (as they now watch for taps on cell phones by driv­ers wait­ing at in­ter­sec­tions)?

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