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Smoking letter gets additional support

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Monday, December 18, 2006

I am writing to applaud Jennifer Sather for her recent comments on secondhand smoke (Clarion, Dec. 8). I believe she is right when it comes down to the knowledge/education department for some parents who still smoke in the presence of their children.

A few weeks ago, I was in traffic on the Spur Highway, and another car was directly across from me as we rolled to a stop. I happened to glance over to see a woman, puffing away on her beloved cancer stick, with two young babies strapped in their car seats in the back. All windows were rolled up.

What is wrong with these people? I actually considered calling 911 on her!

To me, its a black-and-white issue and should be labeled as child abuse. There are literally tons of information out there showing the cancer risks of secondhand smoke, yet some still show no concern at all.

This is an issue that shouldn’t need to be taught. To me, it’s as bad, if not worse, than putting a plastic bag over your head and gasping for air. The same things happen to your body, you choke, gasp, as you run out of air. We have enough laws out there for the simpletons who just don’t get it. One should be able to call the police, give the license number and have the parent arrested for child endangerment.

Yes, it’s a choice you make by smoking. However, once you have children, it is no longer a choice. You have a responsibility to keep them safe from things like breathing in poisons. Would you set off a bug bomb in your house and stay in it? No, you would take all living things out to protect them from harm.

Ms. Sather had it right. We as a people are banning smoking in restaurants, malls and other public places because of the known risk. But some still subject their little ones to the toxins at home, in their vehicles and other enclosed areas. Smokers, use your heads. Your not just killing yourself with your nasty habit, but your killing your own children, as well. No wonder the cost of medical treatment is so high.

People who continue this “abuse” around their kids are constantly taking their children to the doctor for ear infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, all directly related to smoking. Then they wonder how their children contract asthma.

Every time you light up in your child’s presence, you may as well be stuffing a smoke in your kids mouth, as well.

Kara Steele

Kenai



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