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To think people shouldn't smoke with kids in the car

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MoneyMug Sun 13-Oct-13 19:05:21

I don't care if I get flamed for saying this because I think it's absolutely disgusting. I can't think of one single reason where it would be acceptable to do this.

Today I saw a man and a woman smoking in a car, with a baby in the back. The windows were down a few inches. It makes me so angry. That poor baby.

absentmindeddooooodles Sun 13-Oct-13 22:35:24

Bloody selfish and disgusting.

I am a smoker. I would never ever in any circumstancesdo this or smoke near my child or any other child/ non smoker.

I would never let ds in a car if anyone was smoking in there. I have actually asked for somone to put their xig out in their own car or we were getting out. We walked home and ive not spoken to her since.

KeatsiePie Sun 13-Oct-13 22:34:02

Oh, well, that is very bad design on the part of the auto manufacturers grin I thought perhaps the indicator rod would be on the right since you all sit on the right, thanks for explaining. That really does seem to make it more dangerous and also more risk of fire if sparks drop, plus ashes everywhere. I really did like to smoke but when I type out little things like this about it it hits me again what an all-around crappy habit it is.

Do you all remember in Reality Bites when Winona Ryder throws her cigarette into Ben Stiller's car? I used to be afraid I would do that.

DrDre Sun 13-Oct-13 22:25:14

Indicators (signal rod) are on the left here, but the driver sits on the other side of the car than in the US, so I imagine most of them hold the cig in their right hand to have it next to the window, hence they can't touch the indicator with a fag in their hand!

KeatsiePie Sun 13-Oct-13 22:17:05

Hmm. That has a problem I have never seen. In the US, turn signal rod is on the far left, cigarette goes in left hand next to window, so very easy to press it down with cigarette in hand. Are British cars different?

DrDre Sun 13-Oct-13 22:14:14

Sorry I meant smoke when driving.

DrDre Sun 13-Oct-13 22:13:55

People shouldn't smoke in cars full stop. I've lost count of the number of times someone hasn't been indicating and I've looked up and they've got a fag in their hand. You need both hands for driving!

Libertine73 Sun 13-Oct-13 22:12:18

I don't see the point of threads like this though? You know you're not BU.

Thants Sun 13-Oct-13 21:51:09

Tbh the people that smoke in the car with their kids almost certainly do it at home too so banning it in cars wouldn't do much to help.
However I think it should be banned for being bloody dangerous! What if the driver drops their fag while driving!?

GrandpaInMyBlender Sun 13-Oct-13 21:49:17

Aaah I see! I was so confused then lunatic grin

JamieandtheMagicTorch Sun 13-Oct-13 21:41:15


I watched someone the other day. They had the window partly down and were blowing the smoke in that direction. But I could see, clear as day (maybe they couldn't) that the wind was blowing it straight back in.

In the OPs case, it could have been an e cigarette, but TBH you see people with normal ciggies (windows open so they think they are not doing any harm) to believe it was a real one.

LaundryFairy Sun 13-Oct-13 21:38:21

It is illegal in most of Canada to smoke in a car with children. YANBU.

HesterShaw Sun 13-Oct-13 21:37:10


Disgusting, selfish and vile.

Surely there can be no other opinion.

FortyDoorsToNowhere Sun 13-Oct-13 21:34:57

I am a smoker and I don't smoke in the car, nor the house.

It is down right discussing to smoke in a car with children.

LunaticFringe Sun 13-Oct-13 21:26:44

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mynameismskane Sun 13-Oct-13 21:13:40

Of course it's bloody fucking selfish. Disgusting, crap parenting too. Vile.

GrandpaInMyBlender Sun 13-Oct-13 21:11:40

Eh? Have I missed something?

LunaticFringe Sun 13-Oct-13 21:00:34

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smorticus Sun 13-Oct-13 20:55:22


I am a smoker but wouldn't dream of smoking in the car or the house for that matter.
It is my choice to smoke and I make sure I am always away from DD when I do. Usually in the garden with a brolly!!!
Also even as a smoker it infuriates me when I see people smoking in cars with kids.

KeatsiePie Sun 13-Oct-13 20:49:01

Even when I did smoke like a chimney I wouldn't have smoked in a small enclosed space with a child present. Same, exactly.

Dawn what else could it be but selfish though, to inflict the smoke on a child in a confined space? I remember smoking. I loved smoking. But I did not need to do it to survive. I just wanted to. So, selfish.

LEMisdisappointed Sun 13-Oct-13 20:47:35

It is one of the most cuntish things a parent can do actually.

My mother would do this, there is NOTHING worse than a newly lit up cigarette smell, nothing on this earth and it used to make me feel as sick as a pig.I would cry and get upset and then get told off hmm My mum woudlnt open the window because it gave her a stiff neck - but then she has always been a selfish bastard.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Sun 13-Oct-13 20:40:08


Really really stupid and selfish behaviour. I can't think of any excuse for it.

MoneyMug Sun 13-Oct-13 20:39:56

I agree it should be illegal. I didn't realise it was in some places. I wish it was here.

The thing is, it's not even rare to see it. I see it all the time. DP gets so angry by it. If we/they weren't in a moving car, he would definitely say something to these people.

PlentyOfPubeGardens Sun 13-Oct-13 20:37:55

Yes it's selfish. That's what addiction does - it eats through your concern for other people and makes you selfish for your next fix, no matter what.

If you can't give up your addiction the best thing to do is minimise its effect on others, either by switching to safer delivery methods (e-cigs) or not smoking anywhere near non-smokers, including children.

everlong Sun 13-Oct-13 20:32:15

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ErinExquisite001 Sun 13-Oct-13 20:26:51

100% it should be illegal. It is 100% selfish. Putting you're own wants before your child's health.

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