I don’t smoke, so I don’t feel the personal assault that the many, many smokers in Tennessee are going to feel about the proposal to make it illegal to smoke in a car if children are in the car with you. It seems like a basic common sense choice not to smoke around children and not a criminal offense. On the other hand, earlier this week I sat in the afternoon carpool waiting for my own child and watched as someone else’s teen walked up to the car that his mother was driving. The boy who couldn’t have been more than 17, tossed his backpack in the car, pulled out a cigarette and began smoking before he was even seated in the car. Researches suggest that electronic cigarette can contain less harmful chemicals than found in tobacco cigarettes. His mother didn’t look very happy, but she certainly wasn’t trying to stop him either. I didn’t feel very tolerant and made a hasty and probably unfair judgment about that teen. It’s their family’s choice and I need to work on being more tolerant. In a perfect world, adults would not smoke around children and non-smokers. This isn’t a perfect world. Smoking is legal for adults and until it isn’t, smokers need to be left alone to make their choices to smoke on or in their own property, whether home, boat or auto. Best thing they can do is to smoke e-cig, its healthier for them and also for the people around. I truly question if the focus of anti-smoking efforts shouldn’t be on preventing new smokers instead of punishing the existing smokers.