As much as I deplore cigarette smoke, I hate the thought of the government regulating the personal lives of its citizens even more. Bad parenting is not a good excuse to destroy our freedoms and the right to privacy.
One day after the U.S. Surgeon General released the most damning study yet on secondhand smoke, a state Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday that would allow police to stop drivers guilty of puffing in the confines of their car when a child passenger is secured in a safety seat.
There's no excuse in today's society for any mother of any age, or any level of education, to do something which I consider akin to child abuse," said Sen. Deborah Ortiz, D-Sacramento, chair of the Senate Health Committee, which approved the measure.
(HT: Joanne Jacobs)