I see that a ban on smoking in cars carrying children under 16 could be introduced early next year in the Republic.
The Irish department of health is preparing proposals for the new laws, which are also being mooted in other countries. The move has been welcomed by anti-smoking groups but they warned that legislation will have to be accompanied by a public education campaign. However, the plans were criticised by a smokers’ lobby group, which said it unnecessarily impinged on private space.
Well, I do not smoke but I COMPLETELY reject this invasion by the State into private property. How dare they tell us what to do in OUR cars! The Nanny State seems very active in the Republic and this latest extension of its malignant tendrils is offensive and should be rejected by all who value liberty. I have heard advocates of this smoking ban accuse parents of “child abuse” for smoking in the car but it’s simple none of theiR business. The State continually seeks to act as Parent, it is not. It should be our Servant.