Your Home: The Next Front In The Anti-Smoking Warsby Doug Mataconis
After being successful in efforts to ban smoking in virtually all public places, anti-smoking forces are training their sights on the final battlefield, your home:
Anti-tobacco forces are opening a new front in the war against smoking by banning it in private places such as homes and cars when children are present.
Starting Jan. 1, Texas will restrict smoking in foster parents’ homes at all times and in cars when children are present, says Darrell Azar of the Department of Family and Protective Services.
Vermont, Washington and other states and counties already prohibit foster parents from smoking around children in their homes and cars.
Arkansas and Louisiana passed laws this year forbidding anyone from smoking in cars carrying young children. Courts are ordering smoke-free environments in custody and visitation disputes.
“We are very rapidly moving to protect children from secondhand smoke,” says John Banzhaf, executive director of Action on Smoking and Health. “Even from their own parents and grandparents.”
And even if it involves invading what used to be the last bastion of freedom from state intervention.