Don't intrude on smoking parents' privacy
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I'm afraid that the proposal to ban smoking in cars occupied by children represents an unwarranted intrusion into the privacy and autonomy of parenthood.
The autonomy to make one's own decision about risks to which a child is subjected is not to be interfered with lightly.
It should only be done in cases where there is a substantial threat of severe harm to the child. Interfering with parental autonomy in a case where there is only minor risk involved is unwarranted.