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  1. Haik Bedrosian
    January 10, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    But in Europe where they all have free healthcare, everybody smokes all the time.  If you’re smoking in a car with kids in it, the cops SHOULD be able to stop you.  Cigarette smoke is harmful.  People have a right not to have to breathe or smell it.  I think Bangor did the right thing.


  2. Jeremy Ryan
    January 18, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    Hello Haik!  Good to hear from you… I won’t pretend to know what it’s like to live in Europe, but from what I heard it’s not exactly the land of opportunity and freedom. Things are more regulated and taxed than here in most European countries. I’ve also heard that there’s a trend of Europe sending more of their patients to India to get procedures done.

    Also, I agree that in best case scenario, it’s probably better for the children to not be in cars where cigarette smoking is present, but in reality, does it really make sense to arrest people and break up families over smoking?  Would these children be better off in custody of the state than with their parents? Many poorer people use smoking as a way of calming down and reducing stress… would it be better for them to take out their anger on their children or to just smoke once in a while?

    Again, I feel that the anti-smoking activists are really getting out of hand are going way to far with their crusade.


  3. Haik Bedrosian
    January 19, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    Hi Jeremy.  I agree that it wouldn’t make sense to take custody away from a parent who smokes in a car with kids, but I have no problem with a stiff fine for that.  It’s not Ok to do that to your kids.



  4. Jeremy Ryan
    January 22, 2007 @ 12:00 am

    I agree that in a perfect world it may be better if parents/people didn’t smoke, but the reality is that many parents smoke in order to deal with daily stress.

    It’s a cheap and easy way of dealing with the high anxiety/stress that they may be facing at any time. Many of the smoking parents I know usually leave the window open, hold the cigarette to the window so that smokes goes outside so that their children don’t inhale all the smoke.

    The smoking usually helps the parent cope with their stresses and not take it out on their children. The reality is that without smoking there most likely will be increases of verbal/physical abuse of children, which is worse than a little smoke.

    Any “stiff” fines imposed will only cause more stress on families involved, causing even more danger to the childen they believe they are helping. While city councilors/legislators think they are doing a good deed, helping childen, they don’t realize the negative consequences.

    Many of these city councilors/legislators are middle class/upper class people and don’t have any idea what it’s like to be poor and deal with the stresses that poor people endure. I believe that this kind of ban is a direct attack on poorer families and I do not believe it will stop with cars. Next, they will want to ban smoking in homes where children are present and then if you repeat offend, they will want to declare you unfit parents and take your children away from you.


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