While I certainly agree that smoking with children in the car with closed windows is VERY wrong and even at home while smoking in the house with non-smoking guests is very rude, I don't see a really big issue if say my nephew in sitting in the back seat and I'm smoking out the window in the drivers seat at 140km/h (120 if I'm in Canada) with all of the smoke being sucked out.
What I really believe is much more important is actually forcing the provinces to force drivers to actually learn how to drive properly before a license is issued!! Canadian streets are dangerous as hell and highways make me nervous when you have 17 year olds weaving at 150kmh or parents with an SUV with 2 kids in the back yaking away on their mobile at 120kmh.
Smoking anywhere with any non-smoker present in a confined area is uncalled for, but creating laws to enforce it is going way too far.
You know what guys, you're probably right. Increasingly smoking with children in confined spaces is being defined as endangerment and abuse, thus we really don't need a 'new law' for it. We have tons of old ones to break out on morons who hot box kids in vehicles.
Same with talking on cell phones... why a new law? Why not use the existing one of 'driving with undue care and attention'? Simple. Enforce the laws you have instead of writing new ones.
Juan, I'm dead serious about this.....if socialized medicine is to be used as a club to beat us into a homogenized, politically correct, true thinking mass of health freaks......then let's get rid of it now. I'll die happier.
What is next? The gov't telling us what we can eat? Snowboarding made illegal? Guns banned? Helmets while we walk down the street, in case the sky falls on us?
As for the costs of smoking to the health care system.....taken in total, it is arguably cheaper for the system for us to die younger.....less CPP less OAP, and the hospital stays of the dying come sooner or later............
You have ONE point when it comes to children.....but I will raise mine as I see fit, and will occassionally expose them to risk.....that's life.