Shannon - posted on 03/23/2010 ( 72 moms have responded )
Should the state pass laws to punish parents who smoke in the home?
Many parents smoke in the presence of their children. This means that these children are breathing in the tobacco smoke produced by their parents – something called passive smoking, or second-hand smoking. Research has shown that this is very bad for children’s health, and this is now widely accepted. Some medical experts even claim it is more dangerous than actual smoking because of a larger amount of cancer-causing chemicals in this type of smoke. It can be especially harmful to babies and young children who are in the early stages of their physical development. It may lead to less developed lungs and a series of respiratory (breathing) illnesses such as bronchitis, asthma and even heart conditions. But is this problem serious enough for governments to get involved and punish parents who expose their children to such a risk? What are the advantages and disadvantages of such a punishment?
******Shannon....Given how harmful it is, smoking around children is a form of abuse and should be treated as such by the state. But, how do you punish? How do you know who is committing this act & when?