Environmental Tobacco Smoke as Child Abuse or Endangerment: A Case for Expanded Regulation
by D. R. Cooley
Much effort and many resources have been expended in enacting smoking
bans for private businesses catering to adult-only clientele. Although the
arguments in favor of bans leave much to be desired, many people believe that
banning smoking in the hospitality industry is justified.
What is puzzling is the lack of attention on banning smoking around children
in cars, houses, and other private property. After all, if such prohibitions are justified
for autonomous adults, then they must be for non-autonomous minors as
well. A good case can be made out for banning smoking around children in the
best interests of their health.