Give the kids room to breath….

ash.jpgIt’s always the no-brainers that hit me the hardest.

I read this article in the Age and thought why would parents/adults smoke with kids in the car?…….duh?

Restaurants in Victoria have been smoke free since 2001 – it makes me cringe to think that we used to smoke in eateries.

In fact, when I was in London a few years ago I was completely shocked to see smokers in a cafe, sitting right next to me in the non-smoking section – odd, how quickly situations become the norm

On July 1 smoking in pubs and clubs will be banned as well – hard to imaging no?

Clubbing in New York was a dream; you actually stumbled out in the early hours NOT smelling like an astray…..and you could see across the dance floor!?!

In Italy, I was horrified to regularly see – la famiglia – Papa, Mama and bambini cruising around town with the windows up…..and both parents chuffing away.

A confession here, just to fill in the context.

I’m a smoker, have been for sometime now – and quite ready to give it away. I’ve mates that smoke, and mates that don’t. And I do make the effort not to smoke around the mates that don’t.

No, I’m not one of those that stand on the sidewalk blowing smoke into the direction of fellow pedestrians and I don’t throw butts out the window, down drains or on the sidewalk.

I’m quite conscious that it’s my decision, and not for me to impose second hand poison on anyone else.

Which probably explains why I find it distressing that parents/adults would smoke around their kids….especially in a close environment like the car?

Quit Victoria have called for a ban on smoking in cars carry children – a brilliant move.

SA has already adopted the ban and Tassie and NSW are considering it.

BAT – British American Tabacco are behind this as well.

Here’s hoping the little tackers get some breathing space.

3 Comments so far

  1. Neil (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

    Sounds like a good and obvious law. But where does it stop. Should we confine parents from feeding kids fatty foods, or the way parents punish children. Parents don’t want to be told how to raise their kids.

    That said, I can’t wait till I only smell like booze rather than booze and smoke when I leave a pub.


  2. squirt (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 8:37 pm

    I have the tendency to puke or gag at people who stand around the entrance/exits of buildings blowing smokes into other people’s faces. Eventually, these people will associate outdoor smoking at entrances with vomit and hopefully they will just quit smoking!

    I’ll conquer this one smoker at a time.


  3. neomien (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 8:10 am

    yes, squirt I know it’s a bit of a problem – that’s why I added para 10….we’re not all inconsiderate



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