Smoking Ban in Cars with Kids Advances

Smoking Ban in Cars with Kids Advances


Another battle is ahead over smokers’ rights v. public health.

An Illinois Senate committee has approved State Sen. Ira Silverstein’s (D-Chicago) bill to outlaw smoking in a car while someone under eighteen years of age is in the car. This would be a secondary violation, meaning police would have to find something else to pull you over for first.

The fine would be up to $100.

As for people who prefer to light up?

“They have a right to smoke, but other people should have the right to breathe fresh air,” said Silverstein.

An amendment to the bill allows people to smoke while riding a motorcycle or in a convertible with the top down.

SB 2659 has passed the Senate Public Health Committee.

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