Smoking In Cars: OR Bans Smoking In Cars With Minors Present
Oregon Legislature Bans Smoking In Cars With Minors Present
Oregon smokers who decide to have a cigarette with kids in the car might soon be ticketed for lighting up.
The Oregon House passed a bill prohibiting smoking in a car when minors under the age of 18 are present. The House passed Senate Bill 444 on Monday with a 43-15 vote, and it will now move on to Gov. John Kitzhaber’s desk.
Police will be able to ticket smokers if they were pulled over for another offense. The violation would cost $250 for the first offense and $500 for subsequent offenses.
Supporters of the bill say it will protect children from secondhand smoke. Opponents have argued the state should not restrict what drivers do in their own cars, OregonLive reported.
Rep. Mitch Greenlick is supportive of the measure.
“I think this bill is really an important bill,” Greenlick said.
Rep. Jim Thompson also thinks it is important to reduce the public’s exposure to secondhand smoke.
“This is a bill whose time has come,” Thompson said. “We clearly know the effects of secondhand smoke on health.”
Rep. Jeff Barker is against the bill because it makes smoking in cars a secondary offense, and many police departments ask their officers to issue only one ticket per traffic stop.
“If this is that important, it shouldn’t be a secondary offense,” Barker said. “It should be a primary offense.”
Gov. Kitzhaber said he will sign the bill into law.
Thompson said. “We clearly know the effects of secondhand smoke on health.”
Sort of. We know that if we accept the EPA Report’s conclusion, based upon altering the norms of statistical correlation from 95% down to 90%, that working with smokers in the smoky environments of the 1950s through 1970s will produce, on average, one extra lung cancer for every 40,000 worker-years of exposure.
And THAT is what they’re basing a law on regarding a few minutes of exposure in the HIGHLY ventilated environment of a moving car with the windows down? The relative concentration is probably on the order of 1/100th of those old indoor smoking environments, which would mean one extra lung cancer for driving with people smoking for every FOUR MILLION years of exposure.
Michael J. McFadden
Author of “Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains”.
Originally written By Evan Bleier