Vera - posted on 05/05/2011 ( 113 moms have responded )
Ok so I’m sure I’ll get slammed for this one…
There has been so much talk and debate over spanking being abuse, and locking kids inside a room being abuse etc… Does anyone think parents who smoke indoors or in their vehicles with their kids inside be charged with abuse?
Why I ask… I moved very recently to TX - HUGE change but one major thing I just don’t get is the smoking indoors here. While I do understand having freedom to do what ever - there are clouds of smoke with kids sitting feet away trying to eat… seriously??!
There are so many family restraints here that allow indoor smoking – we can’t eat at those for principal. Not to mention how many people I notice have their windows rolled up and like 3 or 4 kids in a car just puffin away.
So I think that if parents are going to smoke they should be required to do so outside away from the kids with the windows to the house shut so the kids won’t be in contact with it.
I DO NOT believe they should ban smoking – that is a persons right to do what ever but I do believe there should be bans on public places and inside homes and vehicles where children would be present – to help preserve the child’s health.
Yes, I do know that you can transfer things from your skin or clothes but it isn’t nearly as bad as breathing it. To me the studies on second hand smoke and linking to the serious health risks that come with it are so serious they need to do something to wake these parents and businesses up!
Wither I smoke or not, and if I did I would NEVER smoke indoors just due to the stench that would be on my furniture and clothes not to mention how my car would smell – I would only smoke outside away from my kids.
Even on the news a guy was in his recliner puffing away feet kicked up and his little toddler maybe 1.5 years old was standing there trying to get his attention as he talked to the cameras – God I feel so bad for that baby I just wanted to hold her. From what my husband said it is pretty much normal – here anyway. To me that is truly abuse…. Puffin away killing your kid while you watch T.V. with out a care in the world, ashing on her head.
This doctor was speaking about this very topic…
and another link though these are bias towards nonsmokers…
So would love to see and hear any thoughts the rest of the moms have – those that DO and DON’T smoke… and please don’t make this about banning smoking all together.. I just want to know if anyone else agrees they should make it illegal to smoke in closed places with children and if a parent or person ignores this should they be charge with abuse - including businesses (since it is a public place where a child would be alowed)