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Libertarians and smokers alike have reacted negatively to this proposed ban, saying that it is not based on clear enough evidence and are concerned where such a ban would lead to next - Perhaps banning people from smoking in their own homes?
However, do the rights of the smokers children count for anything? Or those around them? A car can be a confined space and the toxins of cigarettes are going to be potentially harmful to a developing body.
When I was younger, I played football and the manager of the team gave me a lift to the away matches. He was a smoker and used to puff away on the journeys (with the window slightly open) and it was a very unpleasant experience. I held back from asking him to stop because I feared that if I told him off, I wouldn't get picked to play!
But then again, smoking isn't the only thing that can cause cancer - what about the pollution caused by cars? Surely that has an effect on health? Also, how will the police enforce this? I still see a lot of people driving whilst using their mobile phones....
Is it fair to single out smoking?