Monday, February 12, 2007

Um, wow.

Senator Dayton, who proposed the bill I talked about a couple of days ago, must really be concerned for the health and safety of children.

Article in the Salt Lake Tribune.

Legislation: Vote may ban lighting up around kids
Article Last Updated: 01/31/2007 02:25:11 AM MST

SB43 Would ban smoking in a car with young children. Next step: Final Senate vote Today's expected final Senate vote on prohibiting smoking while driving in a car with a child age 5 or younger should be a tight one. The bill, sponsored by Salt Lake City Democratic Sen. Scott McCoy, made it through a preliminary vote Tuesday, but a number of senators indicated they could switch sides. The legislation would make it a secondary offense to smoke while driving with a child, similar to the state's seat belt law. The ticket would cost $45, but could be waived if the person signs up for a smoking cessation course. McCoy argued the bill would protect minor children who are forced to breathe second-hand smoke. Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, led the charge against the bill by arguing the prohibition would infringe on personal rights. - Matt Canham

What I don't understand is, homebirth has been shown over and over again to be safe. Smoking around children, on the other hand, has been proven over and over again to be un-safe. There are studies that show second-hand smoke increases the risk of SIDS, developing cancer, asthma, and all kinds of health related problems. If you're going to push your bill through Senate, citing safety concern for mothers and children, at least be consistent!!! What really gets me is the fact that Senator Dayton uses infringement of personal rights as an argument. Like her bill wouldn't be exactly that, and infringement on personal rights? WOW.

From the American Lung Association.
Note especially the reference to children.
Secondhand smoke is especially harmful to young children. Secondhand smoke is responsible for between 150,000 and 300,000 lower respiratory tract infections in infants and children under 18 months of age, resulting in between 7,500 and 15,000 hospitalizations each year, and causes 1,900 to 2,700 sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) deaths in the United States annually.11
And even reference to short-term exposure.
The current Surgeon General's Report concluded that scientific evidence indicates that there is no risk-free level of exposure to second hand smoke. Short exposures to second hand smoke can cause blood platelets to become stickier, damage the lining of blood vessels, decrease coronary flow velocity reserves, and reduce heart rate variability, potentially increasing the risk of heart attack.17

From the American Academy of Otolaryngology (ENT doctors)

Convinced yet???

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