MPs have backed calls for a ban on smoking in cars in England and Wales when children are passengers.
Two things are amazing about this;
First, that such a ban didn’t exist before, and second, that there are people who oppose it.
Let’s just have an ickle look at some facts:
- Exposure to second-hand smoke has been strongly linked to chest infections and cot death in children.
- Research indicates that 300,000 children in the UK visit a GP each year because of the effects of second-hand smoke, with 9,500 going to hospital.
- Smoking in a car creates a concentration of toxins up to 11 times higher than in a bar.
For those who are struggling with the fiendishly complicated numbers above, let me help:
Exposing your children to smoke is very bad for them.
If you do this, you are an arsehole.
Yes, it is your right to smoke.
It is also your right to be an arsehole. Of course it is.
But it is your child’s right not to have to sit in a car filled with toxic chemicals, while you exercise your Rights.
Just because they are smaller than you, doesn’t mean their Right to Life is smaller.
It’s not about ‘controlling’ you, and squashing your freedom. It’s not about do-gooding, interfering health freaks taking your nicotine away.
It’s about not killing your child.
And if people are stupid enough not to be able to stop willingly poisoning their children, then Laws have to be put in place to try and protect them.
Of course people will flout the Law. People who are that stupid ignore most intelligent things.
But it if stops one child from dying then it’s worth it.
It’s also about belonging to a society that recognises children’s rights, and stands up for them.
Well done all 376 MPs who managed to tell the difference between freedom and selfish arseholery.
The other 107 might want to go away and see if they can figure it out too.