There’s a long list of places you can’t smoke in Ontario but I regret to inform you that the Nanny State has goose stepped its way into that final frontier of safe smoking spaces – namely, the personal automobile.
A National Post story chronicles the bizarre case of Harry Kraemer of London, Ontario, who owns a cleaning service and likes to light up from time to time while ensconced in his swank Porsche SUV.
Last fall, London’s Smoking Police ticketed Mr. Kraemer for smoking in his own vehicle – and no, there were no children in the Porsche – just Kraemer.
I explain what led to an overreaching by-law officer issuing three tickets to Kraemer for a whopping $350 each and why he may have been targeted in his personal vehicle in the first place.
While tobacco is highly restricted, it’s nevertheless a legal product for adults to consume, so what that bylaw officer did to Kraemer appears to be an abuse of regulatory authority.
If the Smoke Police really want to crackdown on illegal tobacco use, they should head over to native reserves in Ontario, where they’ll find every single rule in the Smoke-Free Ontario Act broken on a daily basis.
But that wouldn’t be politically correct, so our politicians hold their noses, divert their eyes and instead carry out vendettas against the likes of Harry Kraemer, an honest, taxpaying citizen just enjoying a cigarette in his own vehicle.