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The In-Car Smoking Debate

Written by guest contributor Ross Alexander.

The proposed ban on smoking in cars will not only go ahead but will go ahead with my praise. The provincial government is set to introduce a smoking ban in cars carrying young persons and make Ontario a little safer for our young children. We all understand that second-hand smoke is dangerous for us all but at least adults have the choice and the chance to avoid it. Children are forced to inhale billions of chemicals simply because their parents are too selfish to wait until they get out of their cars.

Undoubtedly, many people will rise up and shout "How can you legislate in my own property" claiming that the "Nanny state" is taking over. However these people simply need to think of our future. George Habib of the Ontario Lung Association has stated that a single hour in a smoke filled car is like giving a child a whole pack of cigarettes. To fight this policy is to condemn an entire generation to a life of decaying lungs propped up by the health service.

By passing this legislation, it will create a stand for those who have no voice. Children simply don't figure in the selfish minds of adult smokers and legislation must be put in to protect their future and the future of the province as a whole.

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