Legislation passed last week in California to ban smoking in cars when a child is present, and the Ontario Medical Association took notice. Now, they are asking Ontario to do the same thing. (And they're not afraid to use awful puns in the Terminator-referencing title of their press release.)
Based on what Ontario health minister George Smitherman told me back in May, the doctors' prayers may just be answered:
You've suggested the smoking ban should be extended into people's homes. Doesn't that strike you as a little Big Brother-ish? I don't think we all want to live in a place where every third person is a bylaw enforcement officer, but we have to work hard to find a balance there. When I pull up beside a car — and it doesn't happen often, but I am observant — and see someone is smoking with a kid in the car, I'm inclined to draw awareness.
You mean you yell at them to butt out? If I can get their attention, yeah.
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