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Utah considers smoking ban on motorists when kids are present

GasBuddy Blog -- In Utah, a bill that would outlaw smoking in cars when children are present (HB13) has passed the State Senate by a narrow 16-13 vote and is heading to Governor Gary Herbert for his approval and signature.

State law says that the governor has until April 3rd to act.
If the governor signs --and all indications are that he will-- Utah would become the sixth state to enact such a law. According to the Christian Science Monitor, many others are preparing to follow and impose similar restrictions.

As you might expect, a healthy debate is alive in Utah over the need to protect children from second-hand smoke versus the rights of individuals (parents), and, whether it's proper for government to intercede.



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debbiedl
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2013 7:20:16 PM

About damn time .. I grew up in a household with two smoking parents and especially hated road trips because of this. Its a shame folks can't be more respectful of others (any age for that matter), but kids have no power over what's going on around them .. so let's give them a hand. Like someone else said it should be federal law.
nads1959
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2013 5:47:45 PM

I'm wondering how 13 Senators think its OK to smoke with babies in the car????? It is so about time for this but it should be the Washington Congress voting on this
twingom4g
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2013 9:28:10 PM

Not one to usually endorse the all-encompassing big goverment hand, but amen to this. There should be no freedom of choice wen it comes to children and willfully imposing health threatening situations upon them for the enjoyment of
Comfort of their bigger and older counterpoints. Score one for the little guys
leebloome
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2013 4:34:28 AM

OMG!
snapper06
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 6:20:01 PM

Sounds like a great thing that has taken far to long to happen.
sydb7
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2013 5:01:24 AM

Smokers don't care! If they are dying, why not take others with them...
BluWahoo
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 7:57:50 PM

shouldn't be a law...should be common sense not to smoke around others regardless of age that don't smoke...that's called respect
rrs517
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 4:56:53 AM

Lets also be sure the bill requires sewing smokers mouths sewn shut. Maybe we should outlaw matches in UT too. Or maybe people only can have 7 matches. I like the comments on polygamy.
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 3:50:44 AM

On Mar 8, 2013 5:28:08 AM, WonderfulMI wrote:

>What's next - banning polygamy?

The Utah civil authorities and the LDS Church both banned polygamy in 1890.
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 3:45:10 AM

On Mar 8, 2013 4:58:25 AM, OriginalBudman wrote:

>Long overdue. Should be a federal law. And heavy fines, too, and demerit points.

Stupid Canadians wanting the nanny state to run rampant over the whole country. On the other hand, smokers will call it a "first amendment right" but puffing away on cancer sticks hardly qualifies as "speech." Maybe it is "freedom of religion" but smokers have to light incense to their god of nicotine.
WonderfulMI
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 3:28:08 AM

What's next - banning polygamy?
kirzon484
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 3:03:58 AM

hard to enforce
Ferdman17
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 3:02:54 AM

Very tough to enforce.
djp071158
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 3:00:36 AM

That very hard to enforce. I don't smoke, but sometimes the state is overstepping their bounds. Next thing they'll say is they cannot smoke in their homes when they have kids.
chuckohio
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:59:16 AM

Okay
isem
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:59:03 AM

Get a life.
chuckohio
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:58:42 AM

Ditto
sailfreeMI
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:58:41 AM

old
99dakota
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:58:37 AM

Nanny state on steroids!
OriginalBudman
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:58:25 AM

Long overdue. Should be a federal law. And heavy fines, too, and demerit points.
fillerupyeoww
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:57:05 AM

Just vote 'em out.
neptune2008
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:55:01 AM

for crying out loud
gabisgram
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:54:52 AM

We'll probably have to create a whole gov't department to manage this.
VB_Richard
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:54:13 AM

Lawmakers have to be smarter and review the big picture!!
JimL1
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:51:28 AM

It about time that parents in the USA started demonstrating that they care for their kids. It is terrible that we have to pass laws, like they have had in other countries for years, to force parents to stop abusing their children.
warlord1
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:51:18 AM

ok
NO_SWEAT
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:49:50 AM

Positive
oas
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:48:31 AM

Old news.
Harry813
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:47:42 AM

Tough.... I don't smoke, and I wouldn't do it in a car with my kids. But...... That's my choice..... I wouldn't want a law telling me that I couldn't do that!
TA33
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:45:15 AM

I agree with LeeFree.
FogCitySpotter
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:44:43 AM

Ok
whatsregular
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:44:21 AM

More loss of freedom!
dylan126
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:44:17 AM

this bill will apply to all smokers children or not.....
LeeFree
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:41:46 AM

Tough to legislate against bad parenting. But good luck anyway!
raccoon2011
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:40:59 AM

good for them
Lengas
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:39:08 AM

Do it.
vamike
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:37:28 AM

Will be hard to enforce.
theWizK
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:37:23 AM

How about banning people this stupid from having kids..... OH WAiT.... It's not governments job to do cultural cleansing..
rjd1608
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:35:16 AM

agree
Rick52
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:33:58 AM

These Law Law makers are IDIOTS... Why not help your state..
dudleydolittle
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:33:52 AM

government ridding us of the Constitution
defense
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:32:53 AM

ok
Zuman
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:32:43 AM

More BIG government.
stpetebp
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:32:35 AM

Good luck with that one

Useless politicians
AvantiMick
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:32:00 AM

Laws are getting just a little too imposing! But, kids are trapped and can't get away from the smoke.
Rainy1
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:31:18 AM

So...I heard!
NatureBoyKY
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:30:49 AM

A preposterous joke.
OldMoses
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:28:53 AM

I want to know when the issue of flatulence will be addressed by our legislators!
epf
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:28:35 AM

Good luck with this one.
Chem60
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:24:46 AM

How can the overworked police enforce this?
BEngr
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 2:24:30 AM

I stoped smoking in the car, while my kids road in the back seat. Did you ever see an adult smoking with the windows up and little kids in the back seat...it always made me wonder if the parents loved their children or cigarettes more.
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