In case you were curious whether you could smoke in your car with the kids in the back while driving through Washington Court House, OH, rest assured, you may continue to puff legally and without reservation while ferrying your children around to soccer practice or the cigarette store.
The great civic debate of smoking in cars with children came before the city council of Washington Court House this week. A resolution was set to be voted upon with expectations that the town would ban drivers from lighting up cigs with young children in the car. Something about secondhand smoke or something. But the great people of Washington Court House stood up and said Nay!
Here's how the heated battle between The Man and the Marlboro Man went down, courtesy of the AP:
The city council in Washington Court House gave tentative approval to the proposal on a 4-2 vote July 14. But Wednesday night, the measure was put aside because two council members decided to change their earlier yes votes.
Councilman Ben Roby says he decided to drop his support for the ban because he found more "public interest" in the proposal than he ever expected.
Before the council meeting, about 10 people held a noisy street corner protest against the ban. They held signs with messages including "Say no to more government control" and "What's next? Your home?"
One sign that was not present but should have been: "My kids call the back seat of my car Flavor Country." But that was probably too long to fit on a placard.