The dangers of cigarette smoking are well documented, yet people still do it. The dangers to children exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke are well documented, yet some parents still light up in the presence of their kids — and because they do, a Utah legislator thinks there ought to be a law.

Again, the question is raised as to whether it's in the proper purview of state government to legislate against something that anyone with common sense knows is a bad practice, and in this example, a case of appallingly bad parenting. Laws aimed at protecting children's health are always worth considering, but it's hard to view the measure proposed by Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Millcreek, as anything more than just another message bill.

Rep Arent will join Rod on today's show to discuss her proposed bill.

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