Arkansas has passed a law that expands on a current anti-smoking law, originally passed in 2006, allowing police to ticket anyone smoking in a vehicle with a child under the age of 14 rather than the previous 6.
The reasoning is primarily the health of children who can be exposed to higher levels of toxins from smoke within a confined car space.
What right minded parents would subject their kids to the harmful contents of cigarette smoke to begin with is my question. The law shouldn't even be necessary. But alas we have stupid and terrible parents.
Will this law improve the health of kids? I would like to see measurable evidence of that.....
So before the right-wing anger junkies proclaim the left-wing pinkos orchestrated a take over of rights, just remember, we have stupid stupid parents that need to be controlled in some ways.
I won't touch the autonomy to make one's own decision about risks to subject a child to since that's a whole different kettle of fish with legal implications too numerous to cover in a blog post.