Did you know it’s illegal to smoke with children in your car in some states? Something to consider if you’re planning a cross country drive, have kids, and like smoking with them captive in the back seat. Arkansas, California, Louisiana and Maine, and Rockland County, NY, Keyport, NJ and Monroe County, Indiana have varying editions of the law; the children’s age when you’re allowed to smoke with kids in these states ranges from 14 to 18.
Maryland is jumping on the don’t-expose-your-kids-to-second-hand-smoke-in-your-car tip, too. The state passed a bill in its Senate that restricts smoking in vehicles when a child under 8 is in the car. Caught perpetrators will be fined the vast sum of $50. The bill still needs to pass the Maryland House to be enacted, so smoke away, Marylandites, until this bill gets signed.
Smoking cigarettes with your little ones in the car is something you probably shouldn’t do anyway (like leaving kids in a car on a hot day without the windows up…no…like leaving kids alone on any day with the windows up). Unfortunately we need laws to prevent these things from happening.
Remember Pulp Fiction? There was A TON of smoking in that movie. Whenever I hear or read “smoking cigarettes”, I think of the rollicking Flowers on the Wall by the Statler Brothers, and Bruce Willis driving around in that old, crappy white car. If you haven’t watched the film in awhile, you should. It’s almost perfect, especially the scene devoted to Uma Thurman’s feet while John Travolta waits downstairs in her apartment.
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