Suffer the Children?
Maybe so. The BBC reports that smoking bans may be harmful to children…
Smoking bans in public places lead to children being exposed to higher levels of tobacco smoke at home, a study by University College London shows. Experts found that smokers were more likely to light up at home if prevented from doing so in cafes and bars.
The researchers favoured designated smoking areas over an outright ban, which they claim displaces the problem.
Opponents of the smoking ban in Seattle sent me the link to the story. My response? Well, it’s odd. I don’t want to see kids suffer, but I don’t think it’s fair for smokers to say, “Hey, let me smoke in bars and clubs or I’m going to go home and do harm to my own children.” I would hope that even smokers, struggling with their addictions, would be able to view their own children as something more than hostages. But, alas, that may not be the case.
That’s not an argument for doing away with the smoking ban, though. It is an argument for sterilizing smokers.