Post # 1
Pretty much just what I asked in the title – is it OK to smoke around kids?
I feel like I’ve been noticing this a lot lately where I live, and it drives me crazy. I honestly think it should be illegal to smoke around children, especially babies, because they can’t get away from you or tell you to stop. I think it should count as child endangerment.
Do you see this much where you live? What’s your opinion?
Post # 3
Smoking around children is not nice! But, count as child endangerment? Should people also be arrested for…blowing smoke in someone’s face? Again, not nice, but…arrest worthy? Really?
Post # 4
I don’t know that it’s endangerment, but I definitely do NOT agree with it. Smoking around kids is something to be ashamed of. I don’t understand how people knowingly do it.
Post # 5
@aliavenue: OK, I guess my one clarification is that I’m mostly talking about parents/family members/caretakers doing this. Not, like, you walked by a child with a lit cigarette. In these cases, it’s a habitual pattern of behavior. The child is being exposed to second-hand smoke in their home, their car, and in babies cases, they can’t even crawl away from you to get away from the smoke. In my mind, this isn’t just not nice, it’s very literally endangering the health of the child.
So, yeah…in that case, I maintain that I think it’s the same thing as child endangerment.
Post # 6
If you’re going to make it illegal to smoke around children you might as well make it illegal to feed them fatty food and a whole slew of other things. Where is it going to stop? I’m really not a fan of that much government regulation. I think it’s disgusting that people do it but I don’t think it should be illegal.
Post # 7
I definitely think it should be illegal and it sickens me when I see it. I also side that it’s borderline child endangerment as many children each year die of secondhand smoke.
Post # 8
@MrsN14: I agree that secondhand smoke is not good for children.
You said, “…many children each year die of secondhand smoke.”
Can you provide any information on this? How many?
Post # 9
I don’t think it should be illegal, how would they enforce that law. But it is wrong. My cousins grew up in a smoke filled house. Throughout their childhood, they had breathing problems. They had to use a nebulizer, inhalers, etc.
And now, no one smokes in the house. The father said no more smoke inside. And guess what?? My cousins are much better!! They don’t need a nebulizer anymore, nor the inhalers!!
It really does make a difference. 🙂
Post # 10
@aliavenue: I wrote a couple papers on it in college. I’ll see if I can find the sources from it.
Post # 11
I don’t believe that its any of my business.
Post # 12
I wouldn’t call it child endangerment. It isn’t like you’re dangling a child over a meat grinder or wood chipper, but I don’t find it acceptable.
Post # 13
I think it’s unacceptable. Ugh, it makes me cringe when my ILs smoke around my nephew. He’s in 1st grade and he already asks for “cigs” like they’re candy because he wants to mimic Mommy and Grandma and Grandpa. The most vivid memory I have of my great grandma was her blowing smoke in my face when she talked. Adults smoke by choice, but children shouldn’t have to breathe it in against their will.
Post # 14
It’s disgusting. Regardless of the legalities involved, I personally do think of it as child endangerment.
Post # 15
It’s definitely not good, and people who do it without cracking a window or anything should definitely be ashamed of themselves, but I don’t want to live in the type of country that would arrest someone for that.
Post # 16
@MrsBeck: +1. It is a disgusting thing to do, but wanting to make it illegal is not realistic.
I certainly wouldn’t put up with people smoking around MY [hypothetical] kids, but beyond that, it isn’t something that’s in my control.