The children don't have a choice. They cannot just walk away. The kids might as well be smoking. In fact they ARE smoking. Then the children become addicted. Therefore, it increases the chances that a child will smoke later in life. After I thought about these factors I realized that parents smoking around children is similar to child abuse.
Parents of children should not be allowed to smoke. These parents are wasting families money and driving families into poverty. Instead of buying cigarettes they could have bought the child, shoes, sock, slippers, dressing gown, toothbrush, wool blankets, vegetables, berries, grapes, a holiday away, new clothes, healthy food, wallpapered the childs room, bought a school uniform for the child, haircuts, new bike.
PAH in cigarette smoke kills ovarian cells, include egg follicles. Exposure to smoke induces early menopause and causes infertility. There *is* proof that smoking damages all cells it comes into contact with and there is no safe amount of exposure. It's bad enough to up your kid's risk for cancer, allergies, asthma, and autoimmune disorders. 20-30 years later, your kid could have to suffer through multiple miscarriages and a diagnosis of infertility. No one has the right to impose that on anyone else, especially a kid who's just starting out. Hard to enforce? A kid from a smoker's house stinks like cigarettes. How is that hard?
It has been proven time and time again that it is bad for children, or anyone for that matter...I have no idea how the individuals saying it has not been proven claim otherwise. You cant give children drugs, alcohol...and there are plenty of regulations on pollutants to protect air quality. This is no different. People say that you are entering the privacy of their homes, last time I checked you could lose you kids for doing drugs around them. There would be a way to enforce it...not a problem. We use to smoke in public places everywhere and now it is illegal to do so because of the "unproven" hazards to health. We look back and say "what were we thinking". The same will be said in this case.
smoking is terrible for your brain and second hand smoke can be very dangerous. To keep kids safe if should not be legal to smoke around kids of certain ages
Since it is already illegal for children under the age of 18 to buy cigarettes, and since child abuse laws already exist to protect the health and well-being of children, I do think that parents exposing their children to cigarette smoke should be banned.
As somebody who is a victim of second hand smoke exposure myself I can testify that this early exposure is harmful, even more so if the mother is smoking while the child is still in the womb. Obviously such a rule like this would be hard to enforce but it should be whenever possible.
Children who's parents smoke are two times as likely to start smoking on a daily basis starting at the age of 13! I can't tell you the number of people I know or have seen that smoke around their kids and their friends kids. It makes me sick to see someone driving a car with family stick figures on the back, smoking a nasty cigarette. The children strapped in their car seats in the back seat, don't have the choice whether to breathe in the harmful fumes, just because their parents have an addiction.
Banning smoking around children would be very beneficial in many ways. Not only would the ban help improve the health of children, it would also set a good example. Children do not have a choice whether they are exposed to harmful chemicals, so the government should step up and chose to protect our children.
Smoking around children causes death and/or problems with the child. Not only is the child being hurt by the second hand smoke but so is the adult. The child is not going to know not to inhale the smoke and sometimes won't be able to stop their parents from smoking.
Lets face it. Many kids today are around people who drink and smoke. Get over it. This would be impossible to enforce anyways.
The facts are that smoking around children is not harmful at least after the child is born. I mean many children live with smoking parents and do they get diseases? No. Do you want your child to be subjected to a world without a parent just because some extremist thinks your parent is abusive? No. Its just a load to me.
Parents smoking around their children is morally wrong, but you cannot ban it. How would that ban be enforced? A parent would be arrested, possibly leaving the child alone in the home, or taken to social services, because the parent was caught smoking? This is more traumatic than the smoking itself.
There is no proof that smoking has effects on children and there would be no way to enforce it
Smoking can't be avoided, so what is the sense of avoiding smoking around children? Despite of all the smokers in the world, it would be too impossible to seize smoking within the society. Elders influencing children, children influencing their future children. Probably, the only way to stop smoking is to stop production and selling of such products. Even though minors are not allowed to buy such products, there are still a number of minors who now smoke in our society. Some parents provide sticks to their own kids. How would anyone stop that?
Unless the smoking is in public, or a concerned person calls you out on it after seeing it in private, there is no way to really tell it is going on, nor can you really prosecute against it. At least with child abuse, you have bruising and the like; you don't even get that with smoking near a child.