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November 28, 2006

Your Home: The Next Front In The Anti-Smoking Wars

by 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.

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  • http://unrepentantindividual.com/ Brad Warbiany

    And when we cautioned years ago that this was a slippery slope, and that the war on smoking would eventually enter the home, the anti-smoking forces denied it.

  • http://thelibertypapers.org/2005/11/22/a-bit-about-kevin/ Kevin

    First they came for smokers, but I did not speak because I wasn’t a smoker.

    Then they came for gun owners, but I did not speak because I wasn’t a gun owner.

    Then they launched a no knock raid and killed a grandma down the street, but I did not speak because I wasn’t a drug dealer.

    Then they came for political speech, but I did not speak because I wasn’t a politician or a political activist.

    Then they started condemning private homes to give to developers, but I didn’t speak because my home wasn’t condemned.

    Soon, they’ll come for me and who will speak then?

  • John Newman

    From USA Today:
    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.

    Should be interesting when my sister-in-law and her 15 year-old daughter who both smoke are driving around.

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