Long Island Lawmakers Want To Ban Smoking In Cars With Children

NEW YORK (1010 WINS / WCBS 880) — Long Island lawmakers are eyeing another smoking ban.

A bill proposed and co-sponsored by Legislators Judi Bosworth (D-Great Neck) and Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) would ban smoking in all motor vehicles in Nassau County with at least one passenger younger than 18.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs has reaction

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera with Judi Bosworth explaining why she wants the ban

Bosworth said children are protected in vehicles with car seats, seat belts and airbags but not from secondhand smoke.

“Adults may still smoke in the car poisoning the air our little ones our breathing,” Bosworth said. “Well you know what, it’s now time to remove that last dangerous element and make sure our children are protected from the ill effects of secondhand smoke in cars.”

Legislator Jacobs said the bill was aimed at protecting vulnerable children.

“A car is such an enclosed place where children are really held captive and they don’t have an escape, they can’t say, ‘I want to leave this car,’” Jacobs said.

Bosworth and Jacobs have complained that the bill was stalled in the county legislature. Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt (R-Massapequa) said he was not prepared to put it on the calendar.

“This legislation is presently being considered statewide, and we will wait for Albany’s determination before we enact a local version which may be costly and difficult to enforce,” Schmitt said.

Violators would be fined $1,000 under the proposed ban.

Medical experts and community advocates joined sponsors of the legislation Tuesday in urging the county to pass the bill.

“Secondhand smoke, particularly in the enclosed area of a car, results in exposure levels that are between 50 to 110 times the exposure level found in the open environment,” pediatrician Shetal Shah of the Stony Brook School Of Medicine said.

Rockland County and four states – Maine, Louisiana, Arkansas and California — have similar bans.

What do you think of the ban? Let us know below

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  1. luvmy grandkids says:

    Go Judi! Go Judy! HELP SAVE OUR CHILDREN! LITTLE KIDS ARE HOSTAGES IN CARS LOADED WITH SECOND HAND SMOKE AND CARCINOGENS. HAVE YOU SELF RIGHTEOUS “I HAVE THE RIGHT TO LOAD A KIDS LUNGS WITH SECOND HAND SMOKE” PEOPLE EVER SAT WITH CANCER VICTIMS AS THEY WENT THRU THE HELL OF CHEMO AND RADIATION? If not, then maybe you should go visit your local oncology center. It’s definitely not a pretty sight.

  2. fed up says:

    In no way is this “overreacting.” Responsible parents DO NOT SMOKE around their children. PERIOD. I have never walked down any other city or town block and be so bombarded with smoke from “other people’s cigarettes” as I am in New York. Little kids don’t need your smoke!!!!! I DON’T WANT TO SMELL YOUR SMOKE as I walk behind you on the sidewalk. RUDE OR WHAT!

  3. Cliff says:

    Why not fine the kids or arrest those who are caught smoking. If they can do this if a kid is caught drinking. Why not not do the same for smokiong? Parents should already know about second hand smoke, but what about thos who might be buying them for their kids? Or just looking the other way? Fine the parents who are doing that.

  4. CarolT says:

    The EPA’s Sorry Status Report on Children and Asthma
    “America’s Children and the Environment. Measures of Contaminants, Body Burdens, and Illnesses,” Second Edition, US EPA, Feb. 2003. EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman boasts that “This report marks the progress we have made as a nation to reduce environmental risks faced by childen,” including “Implementing the Smoke-Free Home Pledge campaign, designed to protect millions of children from the risks of tobacco smoke at home.” On pdf p. 75, “Between 1980 and 1995, the percentage of children with asthma doubled, from 3.6 percent in 1980 to 7.5 percent in 1995.” The graph on pdf page 67 boasts of declines in cotinine levels during this same period.

    http://www.epa.gov/opeedweb/children/publications/ace_2003.pdf

  5. CarolT says:

    All children should be taught that the anti-smokers deliberately commit scientific fraud by using studies based on lifestyle questionnaires that ignore the role of infection. Poorer people are more likely to have been exposed to these infections, so their bogus studies are designed to give the privileged a pretext for war of cultural genocide against the poor. This pseudo-science was originally invented in Nazi Germany, and the American Cancer Society and its axis enthusiastically embraced it and have used it for its intended purpose ever since. And teach them that the anti-smokers destroyed democracy by censoring the media and preventing informed smokers’ advocates from refuting their lies, and that’s how they got their smoking bans passed.

    http://www.smokershistory.com/SGHDlies.html

  6. Lieutenantdan says:

    Another way to fine people and collect money. It is a good idea not to smoke in the car if children are present but I do not think that we need a law for it.

  7. Jeff Workman says:

    Jackboots: The latest fashion trend amongst Long Island lawmakers.

    This is one of the many reasons why most of the rest of the country points at NY and laughs and calls it a nanny state.

  8. Bruce Fox says:

    How long will it be before children, under 19, are strapped into pods attached to the bed of pickup trucks?

  9. Dee says:

    I am a smoker and it’s really crazy that our gov wants so much control of our lives but also you have to be a lowlife to want to light up with kids in the car

  10. Audrey Silk says:

    Enough. In addition to the out and out lies and intrusion into parental autonomy, there’s the illogical comparison of seat belts and baby seats. Those are VEHICLE specific and have to do with the operation and hazards of DRIVING A CAR. When they put seat belts on couches in the home then MAYBE it would be a direct parallel. Otherwise, if they can use this excuse to ban smoking in cars they can use it to ban smoking in our homes. Oh the “poor children.” Or is that once you take your kid out of your home and into the public eye they suddenly become wards of the state? How about once you take your kid out of the home they can tell you no McDonalds Drive-Thru or they’ll summons you for poor parenting?? WHERE does this lunacy end?! To quote a rabid anti-smoker researcher in response to these car bans: “The anti-smoking momvement has transformed into a fanatical crusade in which the science doesn’t matter and in which the truth is being distorted. Bans on smoking in cars with children is unjustified. This is a dangerous concept. We don’t want to go there.”

    Founder, NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (C.L.A.S.H.)

  11. J says:

    I see the rational, but not sure I agree with it. You can just ban smokes all together. Responsible parents can just leave their windows ajar. I’m predicting a revolution in America if government keeps overreaching!. History always repeats itself!

    1. bwark says:

      Wow! How about if we worry about the state of the Child Protection Services first. Protecting the health and welfare of the kids is so important but, these govt agencies can’t handle abuse charges, leaving kids in horrible environments, and they want to take this on too? And hey, I really don’t want the govt in MY car!

  12. Robert M says:

    Great idea. sMOKING WITH A CHILD IN THE CAR IS CHILD ABUSE.

    1. J says:

      Wrong. Look up family law. Get your facts straight.

  13. dw says:

    Linda hit it right on the money! If the government do not want people to smoke, why not just ban cigarettes altogether? It’s because the big cigarette companies are enjoying record profits through smoking bans!!!

  14. Extra Ordinary Larry says:

    Just don’t come after my cigars. That would make me upset. I am presently enjoying a wonderful infused stick and I am not harming anyone else. So just make sure you all leave me alone. Thank you and have a nice day🙂

  15. roberto says:

    I think is a good idea and since we want what is best for our children I say that anybody under 18 years is not to be allowed in the arm forces and or able to go to war and die.

  16. jerseyjoey says:

    Do as I did Quit, Not only do you save your health but better yet you stop giving handouts of your hard earned money to the EVIL Government. So that makes you a true patriot hero and if you bash a liberal or two better you for it.

  17. Linda says:

    If you don’t want people to smoke then stop making the the dam things. All I ever hear is you can t smoke here you cant smoke there. But you all want the tax money don’t you.

    1. roberto says:

      I think our government is looking more like Fidel Castros , pretty soon we wont be able to do much,time to pack up and leave.

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