posted on May, 30 2013 @ 03:43 PM
Doctors suggested that parents should be punished for smoking in the same manner as they are punished for child abuse. The members of the committee
came to the conclusion that such amendments would help reduce the harm to children's health caused by passive smoking. The Saeima will soon consider
the proposal in the second reading.
Smoking in the presence of a child will soon be considered an act of physical violence in Latvia. The corresponding bill has been approved in
the second reading by the country’s parliament.
The bill is designed to amend the country’s existing law on protection of children’s right in a way to include the definition of the term
“violence” in it and a clause saying smoking in the presence of a child will be considered a form of violence.
I did not find latest news in English news portals, although today such law was passed.
I am a smoker, yet I like this news. Nobody should suffer because of my actions. I have avoided such situations before and will continue, especially
in front of children. Usually when I smoke, I go to designated areas or just find some more isolated area where I do not disturb anybody, never in a
crowded street though.
Hopefully similar law will be also passed soon in the neighboring countries
I have seen too many mother and fathers smoking inside the car, while
kids are inside or inside the room. It is just irresponsible behaviour in my opinion and I feel sad for the kids.
I wonder though how it will be controlled. Probably just when someone is caught on street, just like underage drinking. When you get caught, you get
edit on 30-5-2013 by Cabin because: (no reason given)