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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.

You probably will get flamed for it, a lot of people, on MN in particular, think smoking is the smoker's business. But FWIW I completely agree with you

KirjavaTheCorpse Sun 13-Oct-13 19:07:51

I doubt very much you'll get flamed.

It's a universally Bad Idea.

janey68 Sun 13-Oct-13 19:09:10

Well smoking is pretty disgusting full stop really.

MoneyMug Sun 13-Oct-13 19:09:17

I see it all the time. I just don't understand why people do it.

PerpendicularVince Sun 13-Oct-13 19:11:17

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KirjavaTheCorpse Sun 13-Oct-13 19:12:18

Because they're selfish. Nobody these days has the wonderful, blissful ignorance of the effects that passive smoking has on children as an excuse anymore. It comes down to the fact they don't care, pure and simple. They can say they feel guilty, or it was just the once, but the fact remains that they didn't/don't care.

I remember asking my parents to roll down the windows in the car whilst they chainsmoked and either getting told to shut up because it's their car and they'll do what they want, or if I had a chest infection they'd begrudgingly open their window an inch so the smoke was wafted around a bit.


LunaticFringe Sun 13-Oct-13 19:18:07

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SkinnybitchWannabe Sun 13-Oct-13 19:22:58

YANBU its vile.
I used to smoke but never ever in my car with my children in the back.

Tweasels Sun 13-Oct-13 19:25:30

It's something that annoys me too OP and I was a smoker for many years. I wouldn't smoke in a confined space with anyone else there unless they were smoking too.
My parents used to smoke in the car when I was little and I hated it.

Dawndonnaagain Sun 13-Oct-13 19:27:30

Yeah, those nasty selfish addicts. hmm
Obviously we all consider it to be a bad idea. However, it isn't always down to being purely selfish.

ILetHimKeep20Quid Sun 13-Oct-13 19:28:46

Yes it is always about being selfish.

If you need a smoke, you pull over and get out.

sonlypuppyfat Sun 13-Oct-13 19:30:43

I traveled from Coventry to north Wales with three. chain smokers a bloody nightmare

MoneyMug Sun 13-Oct-13 19:33:01

Why is it not always selfish?

GrandpaInMyBlender Sun 13-Oct-13 20:07:51

YANBU. It is totally selfish and people who say it isn't are selfish AND stupid. Someone who wasn't selfish wouldn't smoke around children at all never mind in a small enclosed space.

Onesleeptillwembley Sun 13-Oct-13 20:10:35

Of course it's selfish! Why do people have kids when they don't give a toss about them?

MidniteScribbler Sun 13-Oct-13 20:12:54

It's illegal to smoke in a vehicle with anyone under 18 here. I still see it happening though. Gross.

notanyanymore Sun 13-Oct-13 20:13:57

I am smoker, I think its an utterly vile thing to do. The other thing I hate is when you see adults sat in the front wearing seatbelts, with children in the back unharnessed. Vile.

CoffeeTea103 Sun 13-Oct-13 20:14:48

Yes it is selfish, you can control when you smoke. Stop the car and get out if you have to.

londonmum14 Sun 13-Oct-13 20:15:55

How can subjecting children to cigarette smoke not be selfish Dawndonnaagain? Have I missed something?? hmm

Sparklingbrook Sun 13-Oct-13 20:16:21

I think it's horrible.

Even without children in the car-how can the smoker even breathe? confused

Do people really need a fag on the school run?

Felyne Sun 13-Oct-13 20:16:38

If you need to smoke, pull over and get out of the car.
Children or not, I don't think it's especially safe smoking while driving anyway. It's a distraction. How can you be fully focused on the road while rummaging around for the packet, getting a cigarette out and then lighting it, then dealing with the ash and butt (even if you somehow think chucking it out the window doesn't count as littering)?
Children should absolutely not have to breathe in smoke. My parents smoked in the car and house when I was a child, and I was asthmatic as a result of it. I always stunk of smoke. I hated it.
I get that it's an addiction but being an addict doesn't have to mean you're thoughtless and inconsiderate of others.

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 13-Oct-13 20:16:46

You know you're NBU.

I smoke and it makes me twitch a bit when I see it.

DevonFolk Sun 13-Oct-13 20:17:42

I saw the mum of a friend of DD's doing this recently and I judged. Then the next time I saw her I realised she's pg. Oh how I judged even more sad

sonlypuppyfat Sun 13-Oct-13 20:17:48

I don't even understand why people would smoke anyway it must take some doing to ever enjoy it.

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