Bill Bans Smoking in Cars with Kids

EUGENE, Ore. — Smokers in Oregon could get a $250 ticket if they light that cigarette up with their kids in the back seat.

The House passed a bill allowing officers to ticket smokers, but they must be pulled over for another offense. Lane County Public Health administrators say this law will help protect children who can’t protect themselves.

“There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure, and we know that from studies that the level of secondhand smoke in a car can be 27 times higher than in a home,” said Christy Inskip, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator.

A second violation could cost as much as $500.

The bill now moves to the governor’s desk who has said he would sign it.

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  1. Nonya says:

    Whooo Hooo!! Governor please sign this bill. As it is the children of smokers already have to deal with the 2nd hand smoke at home. It would be nice to know that they can actually get some fresh air while in the car instead of a lungful of smoke. BY THE WAY having your window down with the cigerette outside DOES not stop the effects of 2nd hand smoke.

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