Recently, I saw a minivan being driven by a mom, with a few 7 year-olds inside. The mom was smoking a cigarette. Something about this really bothered me. These kids were stuck in a car inhaling second-hand smoke, certainly not at will. I doubt the kids were old enough to understand the dangers of cigarettes, and if they were, would they really be able to stand up to their mom and say, "stop, you're making me inhale second-hand smoke?" My favorite state law in California is the ban on smoking in restaurants. I remember that this came about largely as a result of waiters and waitresses complaining that they had to inhale second-hand smoke from customers. So, here in California we passed a law to protect waiters and waitresses (and others, certainly) from being subjected to second-hand smoke indoors at restaurants. Maybe you see where I'm going with this. I'm not a fan of the government stepping in to play parent, but I would really like to see a ban on smoking in cars when there are children younger than a certain age (say, 13) in the vehicle. Kids -- young kids, in particular -- depend on their parents for rides to school, rides to sports, rides to dance lessons, etc. At least when you're older, you could possibly step up to complain or use your own transportation (aka, feet) to get you places. Of course, I'd like to think that most smokers are smart enough not to smoke in small, closed areas with a young child around, but unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case. I know that even if you ban smoking in cars in the presence of kids, nothing's stopping a parent from smoking right next to their kid at home. Yeah, I know, it's practically impossible to solve this aspect. Still, with a ban on smoking around kids in cars, at least you'd know that in the tiny enclosure of a car, kids aren't being subjected to second-hand smoke. So, cronies of the political forum, what do you think? Why isn't there a ban on smoking in cars when young children are present? Should there be a ban? Why or why not?