It is the next logical step for the nanny state, but do we really need another nit-picky law on the books? Can we just say it’s a bad idea and move on?
Smoking in a car with a child would be prohibited under a bill being circulated at the state Capitol.
Sen. Janet Bewley, D-Ashland, and Rep. Beth Myers, D-Bayfield, have proposed the measure that would not allow people to smoke in any vehicles with a child young enough to sit in a car seat or booster seat.
“The painful and costly effects of cigarette smoke are especially tragic when experienced by a child who is exposed to secondhand smoke,” a memo supporting the bill said. “We view this proposal as an option to augment our work to discourage smoking and reduce the potential for harm.”
Anyone who is caught smoking in a vehicle with a child would be subject to a $25 fine for the first offense, and $50 each time after, with the money going to the tobacco use control program.