The federal government is always tightening the screws on our liberty. Today’s horror story is this. The government wants legislation to make smoking in your own car illegal. It’s “for the children,” of course
What is the risk? The government offers no figures. “Above zero.” This statistic would make all activity potentially illegal.
It’s about power. It’s about promotion. A bureaucracy must hire more people. The more people it hires, the hire the supervisors rise. The more pay they get. Up, up, and away!
In the first national estimate of its kind, a report from government researchers says more than 1 in 5 high school students and middle schoolers ride in cars while others are smoking.
This kind of secondhand smoke exposure has been linked with breathing problems and allergy symptoms, and more restrictions are needed to prevent it, the report says.
With widespread crackdowns on smoking in public, private places including homes and cars are where people encounter secondhand smoke these days. Anti-smoking advocates have zeroed in on cars because of research showing they’re potentially more dangerous than smoke-filled bars and other less confined areas.
The research, from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was released online Monday in Pediatrics.
The study is based on national surveys done at public and private high schools and middle schools. Students were asked how often they rode in cars while someone was smoking within the past week. The most common answer was one or two days. The smoker could mean other kids or parents; the study didn’t specify.
A CDC fact sheet suggests even small amounts of secondhand smoke can be risky.
“There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke,” the CDC says. . . .
Measures banning smoking in cars when children are present have been enacted in a handful of states and proposed in several others. The study authors say similar bans should be adopted elsewhere.
You can see where this headed.
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