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Children Without Choices
By Carl Webb


February 06, 2007
Tuesday PM

I recently was in contact with Representative Kyle Johansen. The subject we discussed was trying find a way to help protect your children and mine. The concern is second hand smoke in passenger vehicles. Children do not have a choice about the air that they breath when riding in a car, even if the windows are rolled down. Is smoking so important that an adult can not wait until they are somewhere that only the person smoking is affected?

Two days ago I observed a person pull into a gas station smoking a cigarette in the car with the window down about four inches. After the person put the smoke out and got out to fuel the car, I walked over and asked how many kids there were in the car. The person said seven. It was true. I counted. I then said, what a shame, seven of them and not one has a choice whether they smoke that cigarette with you or not. The reply I got was not too surprising. The person said, "I guess I never really thought about it."

If this is something that concerns you please reply, or give your Senator or Representative a show of support.

The goal would be to put into law a fine of some amount with a mandatory educational class on the affects of second hand smoke to minors.

I wonder... was your child in that car?

Carl Webb
Ketchikan, AK

Received February 06, 2007 - Published February 06, 2006

About: " Born and raised Alaskan. Local Oilman currently. Also on Ketchikan Gateway Burough School Board. Father of seven Year Old Girl."



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